EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Bagel Nation, a half-hour single-camera comedy from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer’s studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Written by Sheri Elwood, creator of the popular Canadian comedy series Call Me Fitz starring Jason Priestley, the project is inspired by her real-life childhood. It is about a Lebanese father who moves his family to the city to live above the Jewish deli he bought and which the family now owns/runs (even though they aren’t Jewish). Elwood is executive producing with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, while KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producing. While drama continues to be Bruckheimer TV’s forte (the company has high-profile new CBS series Hostages), the company also has been focused on expanding into comedy, selling 1-2 half-hour projects every season for the past couple of years. Bagel Nation joins JBT’s drama Home, written by Aron Eli Coleite, which has received a put pilot commitment at Fox. Elwood is with CAA and Madhouse; JBT is with CAA.
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