EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Ripa is ready for more daytime-primetime double duty with Port Love, a new comedy project at ABC. Ripa and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, will co-write the story for the single-camera project, with Consuelos set to star and Ripa to recur. Both will executive produce through their production company Milojo Prods. Port Love, from ABC Studios, is a workplace comedy set at a formerly popular network series and revolves around the cast and crew who have more backstage drama in their lives than in the actual show they’re working on. Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai (According to Jim) will co-write the story with Ripa and Consuelos. Hodes and Dibai will write the script and will executive produce with the 2 actors and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Ripa and Consuelos’ producing partner Albert Bianchini also is expected to produce the project, which has received script commitment.
In February, Ripa will mark her 10-year anniversary on Live with Regis and Kelly, the veteran syndicated daytime talk show produced by Disney-ABC. She previously juggled her duties on Live and a primetime comedy series when she starred for 3 seasons on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. There she met Hodes and Dibai who did a stint as executive producers. Last development season, Hodes and Dibai created the ABC comedy pilot Funny in Farsi, which the two executive produced with Kaplan. Ripa and Consuelos recently reprised their roles on the long-running soap All My Children in a two-episode arc.
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