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[04/05/17 - 10:13 AM]
2017 ABC Program Development Guide - Comedy Series
ABC details its 12 comedy projects under consideration for next season.

[03/22/17 - 11:51 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, March 22
Updates include: Kristen Johnston cast in "Real Life" at CBS; Beau Garrett to visit "The Good Doctor" for ABC; and David Boreanaz tapped as new lead of Seal Team 6 drama at CBS.

[03/14/17 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 14
Updates include: Jane Lynch to get "Relatively Happy" for NBC; Jane Leeves to drop by "The Great Indoors" at CBS; and Donald Faison among the latest to get "Spaced Out" by NBC.

[03/08/17 - 11:41 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, March 8
Updates include: Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt to lead NBC's "A.P. Biology"; Michael Imperioli cast in ABC's "Start Up"; and Jerod Haynes to star in NBC's "Redliners."

[02/15/17 - 11:35 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 15
Updates include: "The Big Bang Theory" nears two-season renewal by CBS; Amazon gives second season to "Goliath"; and Mike Vogel to lead "For God & Country" at NBC.

[01/25/17 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, January 25
Updates include: WGN America passes on "Roadside Picnic" pilot; Zach Braff, Jeremy Bronson land comedy pilot orders; and NBC gives green light to "What About Barb?" pilot.

[08/29/16 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 29
Updates include: Alison Brie to topline Netflix's "G.L.O.W."; Yvonne Strahovski signs onto "The Handmaid's Tale" at Hulu; and Zach Braff to star in ABC's "Start Up."







START UP (ABC)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
8/29/16 - 4/5/17
STATUS:
currently in development (2017-2018 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, April 2017) Alex Schuman (Zach Braff) is a brilliant radio journalist, husband, and father of two who is about to plunge into the great unknown. He's been working on the same radio show for 16 years and is tired of having his most original pitches rejected for fluff pieces. So he decides to put everything on the line, quit, and start a podcast company of his own to tell the stories that he believes in. His wife, Noush, is not thrilled about giving up his income, but loves Alex and so decides to support his leap, even though she still she has some concerns. She knows he is a great storyteller, but questions his ability to raise money and manage a small business. For this, he assembles a dream team to round out his skills: radio producer, Deirdre Riordan, who's only a little bit in love with him; and his best friend from high school, fast-talking salesman Eddie Ramirez, a slick numbers guru with a business degree. The team quickly rents some office space that they share with other unlikely entrepreneurs trying to make big things happen, too. After Alex makes some disastrous pitches for funding, it's his kids, 11 year-old budding magician Ben and 5 yearold Soraya, who give him the focus and confidence to fight for his dream. Based on the podcast START UP, Zach Braff stars, directs and executive produces with Matt Tarses (Scrubs) and Davis Entertainment (Dr. Ken, Blacklist).
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Audyssie James as Soraya
· Chris Sacca as Himself
· Elisha Henig as Ben
· Hillary Anne Matthews as Deirdre
· Michael Imperioli as Eddie Cirillo
· Tiya Sircar as Noush
· Zach Braff as Alex Schuman
CREW INFORMATION:
· Alex Blumberg as EP
· Chris Giliberti as EP
· John Davis as EP
· John Fox as EP
· Matt Lieber as EP
· Matt Tarses as CRTR/EP
· Zach Braff as EP/DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Davis Entertainment
· Gimlet Media
· Sony Pictures Television