The show's concept was pitched to Fox in 2007,and they began developing the series under the title "My Fellow Zabrovians." A writer's strike prevented the pilot from being shot as planned in early 2008, and Fox execs ultimately lost interest and dropped the project altogether.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
In the first episode of the second season there is a family conference. Everyone taking part gets his time to speak, while he is standing in front of a profile of himself. However, if you look close, you can see the date of death of Marty and Debbie, while they're talking (Marty: 4/3/2041 an Debbie: 5/25/2053). They also play around with information, that is not given to the viewer, such as Debbie's age is referred to be literally "Forty-ish".