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[03/26/18 - 11:01 PM]
2018 ABC Program Development Guide - Comedy Series
ABC details its nine comedy projects under consideration for next season.

[via press release from ABC]

Crazy Wonderful

SHOW INFO
Inspired by Bobby's childhood growing up with a genius father with mental illness, this uplifting single camera comedy features a dysfunctional family that perseveres despite their differences and finds happiness in unexpected places. After moving to a new town, fifteen year-old Lola wants what most teenagers want, to fit in. Having a father, Buzz, with 'a beautiful mind' doesn't make that easy. Buzz often mortifies Lola with his public meltdowns and manic plans, but with some help from her no-nonsense mom Keri-Ann and the rest of her colorful family, Lola will learn to appreciate the brilliance, insight and magic that Buzz brings into their everyday lives. She may never be a 'normal' teen, but she gets to celebrate Christmas-ween in July.

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
Johnny Sneed
Brooke Elliott
Lilla Crawford
Brenna D'Amico
Carson E. White
Will Kindrachuk

Writer/Executive Producer
Bobby Bowman

Executive Producers
Kari Lizer
Dawn Ostroff
Jon Koa
Greg Walter

Production Company
ABC STUDIOS

Man of the House

SHOW INFO
Inspired by writer Frank Pines' real life, this multi/single-camera hybrid family comedy centers on two recentlydivorced, very different, sisters who, against their better judgment, move in together to raise their collective kids - two girls and one boy - under one roof in the suburbs of Miami. Jessie (Alyson Hannigan) is a sensitive social worker and overprotective mom to teen football star Bradley, and happy-because-she's-in-denial preteen Blair. Jessie's sister Charli is a beautiful, overly-confident, take-no-prisoners mom who gets her way with everyone, except maybe her beautiful teenage mini-me of a daughter, Elena. Our story begins when Jessie's husband unexpectedly dumps her, and she moves her kids in with her sister Charli, but what no one expects is that Charli immediately decides to kick-out her own husband, creating a new blended family where, no matter how much they irritate each other, they love and need one another, and are all going to be better off. Sure, her whole life Charli has always been the "alpha" with Jessie (and with everyone else), and she's certain her ways of parenting (and doing everything, frankly) are superior, but the big secret is that softie Jessie is actually the rock of this family. These two sisters are going to lean on each other more than ever to raise these kids and, as Bradley oscillates between the hyper-male world of high school football and the hyper-female world at home, this group of women is going to teach him how to be a better man, whether he likes it or not.

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
Leslie Bibb
Alyson Hannigan
Jake Short

Writers/Executive Producer
Frank Pines
Vijal Patel

Executive Producers
Frank Pines
Vijal Patel
Gail Berman
Joe Earley
Kerry Washington
Pilar Savone

Production Company
ABC STUDIOS

Most Likely To

SHOW INFO
Back in the '90s, Markie McQueen (Yvette Nicole Brown) was a high school outcast who was mercilessly bullied by wealthy, popular Liz Cooney. Twenty-plus years later, the tables have turned: Markie is a successful businesswoman, beloved and respected by everyone in small-town Glenfield, Missouri; Liz is a Beverly Hills trophy wife returning to Glenfield with her tail between her legs. When these two single moms find themselves unexpectedly raising their kids under the same roof, they don't expect to get along. But sometimes the least likely things happen under the strangest of circumstances.

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
Yvette Nicole Brown
Lesli Margherita
Laya DeLeon Hayes
Ashton Arbab
Mia Allan
Ella Allan

Writer/Executive Producer
Diablo Cody

Executive Producers
Greg Berlanti
Sarah Schechter

Production Company
WARNER BROTHERS TELEVISION

Single Parents

SHOW INFO
An ensemble comedy that follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their sevenyear- old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who's been so focused on raising his daughter that he's lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting, and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn't mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
Taran Killam
Leighton Meester
Kimrie Lewis
Brad Garrett
Jake Choi
Marlow Barkley
Tyler Wladis
Devin Campbell
Grace Hazelett
Sadie Hazelett

Writer/Executive Producer
JJ Philbin

Executive Producers
Liz Meriwether
Katherine Pope

Production Company
20TH CENTURY FOX

Southern Hospitality

SHOW INFO
Rebecca (Annaleigh Ashford) left her family's Texas ranch resort years ago to work at the upscale St. Regis hotel in New York, but after being beckoned home by her smooth-talking cowboy dad Beau (John Laroquette), she's back and ready to utilize her big city tactics to turn their rustic ranch into a destination resort oozing Southern hospitality. However, getting her sister Leanne (sweet as a honeybee but with double the stinger) and brother Roy (a sickly, small man-child who somehow still inherited his dad's lothario ways) to fall in line with her vision will be the real thorn in Rebecca's side. And that's going to be even harder once Beau reveals a life-changing family secret.

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
John Larroquette
Annaleigh Ashford
Stephanie Styles
Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Shakira Barrera

Writers/Executive Producers
Sherry Bilsing-Graham
Ellen Kreamer

Production Company
ABC STUDIOS

Steps

SHOW INFO
This family comedy follows four adults in three houses raising three kids after two divorces... and ultimately forming one big, weird family. At the center of the show are nouveau hippy Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) who recently left her happily misanthropic ex-husband Louie (Barry Rothbart) and is moving in with Paul (Kyle Bornheimer), an elementary school teacher who is eager to be with someone who is nice to him after being recently left by his ex, the driven, high-powered Genevieve (Ryan Michelle Bathe). As the boundaries blur amongst these families, they will see that it really does take a village to raise these kids in their new, more complicated lives (even if the village citizens end up in some uncomfortable scenarios). Based on the Swedish format by the same name

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
Kyle Bornheimer
Ginnifer Goodwin
Barry Rothbart
Ryan Michelle Bathe
Camyrn Jones
Madeleine McGraw

Writer/Executive Producer
Kristin Newman

Executive Producers
David Hoberman
Todd Lieberman
Laurie Zaks

The Greatest American Hero

SHOW INFO
Inspired by the 1980s TV show of the same name, THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO centers around Meera (Hannah Simone), a 30-something Indian-American woman, who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent the last 30ish years searching and failing to find meaning in her life. Pressure mounts as her younger sister's wedding approaches and highlights to Meera's traditional Indian family that yes, she is STILL single with an unimpressive job. All seems lost until an inexplicable event occurs that will change the course of Meera's life forever: she is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet. Meera may have finally found purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands.

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
Hannah Simone
Humphrey Ker
Ellie Reed
Zenobia Shroff
Gia Sandhu
George Wendt
Dennis Andres
Shoniqua Shandai

Writer/Executive Producer
Rachna Fruchbom

Executive Producers
Nahnatchka Khan
Mandy Summers
Tawnia McKiernan

Production Company
ABC STUDIOS
20TH CENTURY FOX

Untitled Justin Noble Project

SHOW INFO
Set at a high-end resort, this workplace ensemble comedy centers on Ellie (Kat Dennings) and Gabe, two guest service associates, and the co-workers and needy guests that they're stuck with for sixteen hour shifts. Ellie wonders if she'll ever find her true passion in life and has taken this desk job just to make ends meet. The one thing that she knows for sure is that she wouldn't make it through a single day without the support of her best friend, Gabe. The staff will often find themselves in a slew of predicaments, as they try to dodge Ellie's nemesis and their boss, Belinda (Elizabeth Ho) and her new assistant manager, the hotel owner's lovably incompetent son, Gordon (Derek Richardson). Based on the book and blog How May We Hate You.

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
Kat Dennings
Jason Michael Snow
Elizabeth Ho
Angela Kinsey
Nicole Byer
Derek Richardson

Writer/Executive Producer
Justin Noble

Executive Producers
Aaron Kaplan
Dana Honor
Wendi Trilling

Production Company
ABC STUDIOS
CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS

Untitled Tim Doyle Project

SHOW INFO
Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, The Dwyers, as they navigate changes big and small during one of America's most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike (strong, silent dad played by Michael Cudlitz) and Peggy (overbearing mom played by Mary McCormack) raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son, Lawrence, returns home and announces he's quitting the seminary to go off and "save the world." Times are changing and this family will never be the same. Ten people, three bedrooms, one bathroom, and everyone in it for themselves. Inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle.

CREDITS LISTING

Cast
Michael Cudlitz
Mary McCormack
Sam Straley
Caleb Martin Foote
Sawyer Barth
Christopher Paul Richards
Jack Gore
Andy Walken
Santino Barnard
Kennedy Lea Slocum

Writer/Executive Producer
Tim Doyle

Production Company
ABC STUDIOS





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· CRAZY WONDERFUL (ABC)
· GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, THE (ABC)
· HOW MAY WE HATE YOU (ABC)
· KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, THE (ABC)
· MAN OF THE HOUSE (ABC)
· MOST LIKELY TO... (ABC)
· SINGLE PARENTS (ABC)
· SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY (ABC)
· STEPS (ABC)





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