EXCLUSIVE: ABC has added two more comedy projects to its roster — True Story from Jennifer Crittenden and Gaby Allan and Man And Boy from British writer Danny Wallace and director-producer Julie Anne Robinson. Both comedies are single-camera and produced by ABC Studios.
True Story, described as a female take on Wonder Years, is based on Crittenden and Allan’s experience as girls growing up with single moms in the 1970s. It is a look at what happens when a freshly divorced and boundary-less mother moves herself and 2 daughters in with her party girl best friend in Laguna Beach, CA in the late 1970′s. Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond alumna Crittenden and former Scrubs writer-producer Allan are writing-executive producing through their overall deal at ABC Studios. The duo is repped by UTA and attorney Michael Gendler.
Man And Boy centers on an eccentric man who returns to his small town and becomes an important part of his young nephew’s life, imparting wisdom and a zest for life. This marks Wallace’s return to ABC. Three seasons ago, he co-wrote and starred in the network’s comedy pilot Awkward Situations For Men, which was inspired by his book. The new project stems from Robinson’s one-year development deal with ABC Studios, which includes a blind pilot directing commitment. Robinson, who is also British, helmed the pilots for ABC’s The Middle … Read More »
Director Julie Anne Robinson has closed a one-year development deal with ABC Studios, which includes a blind pilot directing commitment for the studio and ABC. Brit Robinson helmed the pilot for ABC’s upcoming comedy series How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life and previously directed the pilot for ABC’s Wednesday comedy The Middle. Robinson’s episodic credits include another ABC series, Suburgatory, as well as Weeds and Big Love. On the feature side, the former theater director has helmed One For The Money and The Last Song. She is with UTA, 3 Arts and U.K.’s Talent Group.
In what may be the first project put in development for next season, ABC has set the writing team of John Hoberg and Kat Likkel to create and executive produce My Formerly Hot Life, a half-hour single-camera comedy based on Stephanie Dolgoff’s bestselling memoir of the same name, which will be produced by ABC Studios. (The deal closed during last week’s upfronts, no less!) ABC nabbed the rights to the book last September in a competitive situation, with helmer Julie Anne Robinson (One For the Money) attached to direct and executive produce and Dolgoff and Christy Fletcher and Rebecca Gradinger of Fletcher & Co. to co-exec produce. Based on Dolgoff’s blog, My Formerly Hot Life is a comedic look at the good, the bad, and the ugly moments in a woman’s life as she adjusts to the realization that she is no longer forever 21. Hoberg and Likkel, who are under an overall deal at ABC Studios, served as co-executive producers on the ABC/Warner Bros. comedy series Better With You this past season. They previously were under an overall deal at 20th TV where they were co-executive producers on My Name Is Earl for four seasons and also worked on the comedy Better Off Ted. Hoberg and Likkel are repped by UTA, which … Read More »
Debbie Reynolds, who hasn’t been on camera since Will & Grace in 2006, has been lured back to the screen by Katherine Heigl in One For The Money, the Lakeshore / Sidney Kimmel Entertainment adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel series. Heigl stars as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum for director Julie Anne Robinson, and Reynolds will play Grandma Mazur, the outspoken and outrageous advisor and maternal grandmother to Heigl’s character. “Grandma Mazur is such a great character,” Heigl said. “She’s really feisty and Read More »
Sidney Kimmel, the schmatta magnate who verged on quitting the movie biz after making a bunch of good indie films that flopped, seems reinvigorated with a new strategy: make every film possible with Katherine Heigl.
Kimmel has joined forces with Lakeshore Entertainment on Adaline, an “epic romance” that will star Heigl, with Andy Tennant directing. This comes as Kimmel and Lakeshore have Heigl set to play bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in One for the Money, with Julie Anne Robinson directing the adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel, with Lionsgate distributing. Adaline, written by Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz and revised by Allison Burnett, revolves around a beautiful woman who hasn’t aged in 100 years but hasn’t found love, either. She finally meets that guy who might be worth embracing mortality, and all the wrinkles and sagging that comes with it. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Alix Madigan are producing with Kimmel and Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Heigl, Nancy Heigl and Jim Tauber are exec producers. They hope to shoot early next year.