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ABC Nabs Sofia Vergara Autobiographical Comedy With Gail Mancuso And Electus

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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Primetime Emmys 2013: ‘30 Rock’s Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield And ‘Modern Family’s Gail Mancuso Set High Mark For Female Comedy Writers, Directors

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 6:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was comedy ladies’ night at the Primetime Emmys as women swept both the comedy writing and directing categories for the first time in history. 30 Rock creator/executive producer Tina Fey and writer Tracey Wigfield won the writing Emmy for the series finale, while Gail Mancuso was recognized for the “Arrested” episode of ABC’s Modern Family. Mancuso is only the second woman ever to win the Emmy for comedy directing, following Betty Thomas, who won for Dream On 20 years ago. Fey/Wigfield was the fourth woman/all-female team to snag the writing award, following Fey, who won for 30 Rock in 2008; Diane English for Murphy Brown in 1989; and Treva Silverman for Mary Tyler Moore in 1974. All those female writing winners share a bond — they worked for groundbreaking workplace shows with strong women at the center.

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The writing win for 30 Rock‘s Fey and Wigfield also is brimming with symbolism: the reigning comedy queen Fey teamed with a rising star writer. Wigfield started off as a writers assistant on 30 Rock before getting a shot at becoming a writer on the show and trusted with co-writing the series finale with Fey. “I want to thank Tina Read More »

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