EXCLUSIVE: Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is fielding another single-camera comedy project at ABC, this time inspired by her own parenting experience. The network has put in development Raising Mom, from Vergara and Luis Balaguer’s Latin World Entertainment, Electus and ABC Studios. Gail Mancuso, hot off her Emmy directing win for Modern Family, is on board to helm. Written by Christine Zander (Raising Hope), Raising Mom is inspired by Vergara’s experiences raising her son and follows a young single mom and her 21-year-old son who discover that they have done a pretty good job of raising each other, only now they decide it might be time to gain some independence. The idea for the show was conceived by Balaguer from observing Vergara’s relationship with her son during the more than 20 years he has been producing partners with the Colombian-born actress. (A pic of her and her son Manolo is at right). Raising Mom is executive produced by Zander, Latin World’s Balaguer, Vergara and Kenchy Ragsdale and Electus’ Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox. The project stems from Latin World’s two-year overall deal with Electus. The companies also have comedy Speak American at Fox with Royal Pains co-creator Andrew Lenchewski and writer Benjamin Brand and are partnered on the NuevOn YouTube channel. Additionally, Emmy-nominated Vergara and Silverman executive produce ABC’s upcoming drama Killer Women. ICM Partners-repped Mancuso recently became only the second woman to win Emmy for directing in a comedy series for the “Arrested” episode of Modern Family. Zander and Latin World are repped by CAA.
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