EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Rev, a half-hour comedy based on the BAFTA-winning British series Rev., which will be written by former Desperate Housewives executive producer/showrunner Bob Daily. The original series, created by Tom Hollander and James Wood, stars Hollander as a priest from a small rural parish who becomes the vicar of an inner-city London church. Daily’s version, produced by ABC Studios, centers on an Episcopal priest who leaves a small rural parish in Wisconsin to take over a failing inner-city church in a racially diverse, economically-challenged Chicago neighborhood. It chronicles the daily frustrations and moral conflicts of the minister and his eccentric congregation, which includes genuine believers, a homeless man, and a crack addict. Daily will executive produce with Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice, principals of Big Talk Prods., which produces the original series. Hollander and Wood are set to consult.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Desperate Housewives executive producer/ showrunner Bob Daily is staying in the ABC/ABC Studios fold, teaming with the executive producer of another hit ABC drama that started as a Desperate Housewives companion, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Mark Gordon.
The untitled hourlong drama, from ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co., revolves around three diverse families whose lives get gloriously messy when they discover that they share a biological father, a successful bachelor in his 40s who’s completely unprepared to embrace the family he never knew he wanted. Daily will co-write the script with feature writer Pierce Gardner (Dan In Real Life). Daily, Gordon and Nicholas Pepper are the executive producers.