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TCA: ‘Suburgatory’ Stars Could Be Taking A Shot In ‘Selfie’

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 1:12pm PDT

TCA: ‘Suburgatory’ Stars Could Be Taking A Shot In ‘Selfie’Actors from ABC’s canceled comedy Suburgatory could turn up on ABC’s newest comedy Selfie, said Emily Kapnek, creator and EP of both, at today’s TCA panels.
“I’m absolutely in love with those actors.  If there’s an opportunity to bring them in organically, I would love to,” said Kapnek. She appeared on today’s panel with actors Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and John Cho (Star Trek), who portray a modern-day Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins in this contemporary update of My Fair Lady/ Pygmalion.
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ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilots From ‘Awkward’ Creator Lauren Iungerich & ‘Suburgatory’s Emily Kapnek

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich is back on pilot duty with a ABC Pilots 2014pickup at ABC for her comedy Damaged Goods, which had a pilot production commitment. It is one of two pilot orders to single-camera comedies from female creators at ABC this morning, along with the My Fair Lady-esque Selfie, by Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek. With iungerichkapnekemilySuburgatory not doing well with its rebooted third season, tying a series low last night, is ABC eyeing a successor in Selfie? Both pilots hail from Warner Bros TV, where Kapnek is under an overall deal through her Piece Of Pie Prods. and Iungerich had a script deal. Damaged Goods is described as a comedy about the sexual politics that have changed between men and women in this post-feminist era.

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Inspired by My Fair Lady, Selfie tells the story of a self-obsessed twentysomething woman who is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media “followers” than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image. This brings the number of ABC comedy pilots to 11.

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‘Suburgatory’ Creator Emily Kapnek Sued By Gotham Group Over Unpaid Commissions

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 6:02pm PST

The ABC  comedy series’ creator has been hit with a breach-of-contract and fraud suit by her former manager. In a suit filed today in LA Superior Court (read it here), The Gotham Group‘s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein claims that Emily Kapnek stopped paying commissions after the Suburgatory creator signed a two-year overall deal with the series’ producer Warner Bros. TV in April.

Goldsmith-Vein says in the lawsuit that she had managed Kapnek’s career starting in 1999, after having been her agent the year before, and had always received her 10%. But Goldsmith-Vein claims that after Kapnek landed her first overall deal this spring, she “reached a point where she believed she was self-reliant, discarded plaintiffs, and broke her word and the parties’ contract. In direct violation of the Gotham Management Agreement and her promise to plaintiffs, Kapnek has failed to make any further commission payments at all to plaintiffs, whether related to Suburgatory, the Warner Bros Deal or any other matter, and plaintiffs fear that future breaches will be forthcoming.”
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TCA: ‘Suburgatory’ Creator Drew Inspiration From ABC’s ‘Housewives’, Own Experience

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

At today’s final TCA panel on the ABC single-camera comedy Suburgatory — the story of a bright urban teenager (Jane Levy) whose single Dad (Jeremy Sisto) moves her to the “white-picket-fence nightmare” of the suburbs — show creator and executive producer Emily Kapnek said she was not influenced by the ABC family hit Pretty Little Liars in creating the fictional wealthy suburb these characters inhabit. Rather, Kapnek said, she was more inspired by the tone of ABC’s long-running life-in-the-suburbs hit Desperate Housewives, now entering its eighth and final season. She called Suburgatory “more satirical’” than Pretty Little Liars, with its suburbia featuring a “horror, zombieland quality” similar to what she sees in Housewives. Kapnek said the town is a healthy split between a realistic, contemporary atmosphere and a “stylized, evergreen suburbia.” But Kapnek’s biggest inspiration for the show was reality: her own experience moving from an urban environment with a single parent into a suburb “where families didn’t look like ours and we didn’t’ have as much as they did … there was an economic divide, there were expensive bat mitzvahs … [the difference was] all of the fortune the kids had, and the families were incredibly intact.” Read More »

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Minnie Driver To Star In CBS Private Eye Drama Pilot, Alan Tudyk Joins ABC Comedy

Nellie Andreeva

Minnie Driver is returning to series television as star of CBS’ drama pilot Hail Mary. The project, created by Jeff Wadlow and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken, is a buddy P.I. show set in Atlanta that focuses on a suburban single mom (Driver) who teams up with a streetwise hustler to solve crimes.  In addition to Hail Mary, Driver was also pursued for the NBC pilot Free Agents this season. This was one of 2 offers for On American TV, British-born Driver, repped by CAA and Untitled, previously starred on FX’s The Riches and recurred on NBC’s Will & Grace. She was most recently seen in Conviction. 

Alan Tudyk has been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Suburgatory. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and writer-exec producer Emily Kapnek, centers on Tessa (Jane Levy), a teenage girl who is moved by her dad George from Manhattan, where she grew up, to her version of hell: the suburbs. Tudyk will play George’s old college buddy who has been living in the suburbs for years. Tudyk, repped by Gersh and Coronel Co., was approached for multiple pilots. He will next be seen in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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Newcomer Jane Levy Lands The Lead In ABC’s Comedy Pilot ‘Suburgatory’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After landing a recurring role on Showtime’s Shameless as her first TV acting job, Jane Levy has booked the lead of a broadcast pilot as her second gig. Testing against several other young actresses, Levy was tapped to star in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Suburgatory. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and writer-exec producer Emily Kapnek, centers on Tessa (Levy), a teenage girl who is moved from Manhattan, where she grew up, to her version of hell: the suburbs. Levy is with Gersh and manager James Suskin.

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ABC Picks Up Suburban Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

ABC has given the green light to comedy pilot Suburgatory, from writer/executive producer Emily Kapnek and Warner Bros. TV. The single-camera project is described as a satirical look at life in the suburbs and centers on a quintessentially New York City girl who moves to a cookie-cutter community only to discover that life in the ‘burbs is more frightening than any horror movie that she’s ever seen. From the network: “tonally, this is a heightened view of suburbia with a cinematic quality that evokes the scope and horror of perfection.”

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Wilmer Valderrama Signs Deal With 20th TV

Nellie Andreeva

WilmerValderramaEXCLUSIVE: Wilmer Valderrama has inked a talent holding/development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, That ‘70s Show alum Valderrama will star and executive produce a series project for the studio. The deal solidifies Valderrama’s ties with 20th TV. Two years ago, he starred in the 20th TV hourlong comedy pilot for Fox The Emancipation of Ernesto, written by Emily Kapnek. Last year, Valderrama reteamed with Kapnek and 20th TV for a comedy project inspired by the work of “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, with Valderrama attached to play the central character based on Millan as well as produce. That project also was set at Fox. Working with Valderrama on the two comedies led to the new deal, said 20th TV chairman Dana Walden. “He’s impressed us tremendously as an actor and producer,” she said. “He’s got talent, great instincts about ideas and material, and terrific comedic chops.”

In addition to the pact at 20th TV, Valderrama also has an exclusive multi-year overall deal at RelativityREAL. He is exclusive to Relativity for developing projects as a producer and to 20th TV for starring in a show, which he would also develop and executive produce. The actor, who voices the title character on Disney Channel’s Handy Manny, recently wrapped Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne and will next be seen in The Dry Land and From Prada To Nada. He is repped by UTA and attorney Michael Gendler.

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