EXCLUSIVE: Following her memorable run on Dancing With the Stars last spring, Kirstie Alley is returning to ABC as the star of a new comedy project. I’ve learned that ABC is finalizing the deals for a pilot order to The Manzanis, a multi-camera family comedy written by sitcom veterans Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte, with Alley attached to star. ABC Studios and studio-based Brillstein Entertainment are producing. The sitcom is described as a new take on Roseanne, and stars Alley as a very opinionated wife/mother who, along with her family, the Manzanis, moves to repressed country-club town. Pennette and Flebotte are executive producing with Brillstein’s new TV president JoAnn Alfano. Also expected to executive produce are Aaron Kaplan (Good Christian Belles) and Alley’s manager Jason Weinberg.
CAA has added several experienced TV writer-producers to its roster. The recent signings include:
Dexter executive producer/showrunner Scott Buck, previously co-executive producer on HBO’s Rome and Six Feet Under. He was with WME.
Emmy-winning former Frasier executive producer/co-showrunner Joe Keenan, most recently executive producer/consulting producer on ABC’s Desperate Housewives for the …