Nellie Andreeva

ABC has given a pilot order to another single-camera comedy about a “modern family”. The network has greenlighted an untitled autobiographical comedy from writer-comedian Andrea Abbate (Accidentally On Purpose), which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy’s studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein.

Previously titled Crazy Gene, the comedy centers on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. The project is based on the real-life experiences of Abbate, who took in her brother’s son while he was in prison and adopted a 13-year-old. “Some families are prone to cancer, mine’s prone to felonies,” Abbate quipped at the time the pitch was sold to ABC in August with a put pilot commitment. WME-repped Abbate executive produces with Adelstein, Levy and 21 Laps/Adelstein’s Becky Clements. This is the second single-camera comedy pilot with a female lead picked up by ABC today, joining Bad Management, co-written and starring Sharon Horgan.

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