EXCLUSIVE: ABC, the network behind the underrated 2001 Denis Leary-Peter Tolan cop comedy The Job, seems determined to get a police half-hour series on the air next season. In a late buy, the network has put in development a single-camera comedy starring comedian/writer Hannibal Buress. It joins three other cop comedy projects at the network. Co-written by Buress and Rob Sheridan, the untitled comedy is inspired by Buress’ standup and has him starring as a cop in a small town. Sheridan and Buress’ manager, 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, executive produce, with Buress co-executive producing for ABC Studios.
Besides the Buress/Sheridan project, ABC has Feel The Force, an ensemble cop comedy written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence, which has a put pilot commitment plus penalty; paranormal cop comedy Strange Calls based on the Australian series, which has a put pilot commitment, and Rookie, a cop comedy executive produced by Will Gluck which, like the Buress/Sheridan project, has a script commitment. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: ABC is feeling the force. No, the network is not already working on a Star Wars series following last week’s Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm. In a competitive situation, ABC has snagged Feel The Force, an ensemble cop comedy written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence, with a put pilot commitment plus penalty. The single-camera project is based on the 2006 BBC2 comedy starring Michelle Gomez (watch the trailer below), created by Georgia Pritchett and produced by Catherine Bailey Limited. It centers on two rookie female cops who struggle to prove themselves in a male-dominated police force.
Warner Bros TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer are producing, with Doozer’s Lawrence and Jeff Ingold executive producing. This marks Lawrence’s return to ABC where all of his previous series have run. That includes his first show, Spin City, which he co-created; Scrubs, which ended its run on ABC; and his latest comedy, Cougar Town, which aired on ABC for three seasons before moving to TBS. (Lawrence is consulting on Cougar Town, which he co-created.) Read More »