Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich is back on pilot duty with a pickup 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 Suburgatory 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.
Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich is having a banner development season following her three-year stint at MTV. After landing a pilot production commitment at ABC for single-camera comedy Damaged Goods, Iungerich has nabbed a put pilot commitment at NBC for another single-camera project, Bitch Off The ‘Ol Block, for which she has reunited with former MTV boss David Janollari, now a Universal TV-based producer. Written by Iungerich, Bitch centers on a young professional woman whose life is turned upside down when her biological daughter, who turns out to be a younger smart-ass version of herself, moves in with her and her roommates. ‘It takes a village’ takes on a whole new meaning in this ensemble comedy about a group of friends who become an unorthodox surrogate family. Loosely inspired by the upcoming birth of Iungerich’s first daughter as she imagines what kind of child she might raise, Bitch deals with the same themes of complicated and hilarious mother/daughter relationships and complicated romantic triangles that Iungerich successfully tackled in Awkward, but in a more adult comedy. Iungerich and Janollari will executive produce for Universal TV and David Janollari Entertainment. As programming chief of MTV, Janollari brought Iungerich to the network and developed her hit comedy series Awkward as well as followup pilot Hot Mess. Iungerich, repped by WME and Robyn Meisinger at Madhouse Entertainment, ran … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In her first her broadcast development cycle after departing her MTV series, Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich has commanded one of the biggest comedy commitments this year. Damaged Goods, a single-camera comedy created/executive produced by Iungerich, has landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment that has a series penalty behind it. Warner Bros TV is producing via a script deal the studio signed with Iungerich last month. Damaged Goods is described as a comedy about the sexual politics that have changed between men and women in this post-feminist era. Iungerich, repped by WME and Robyn Meisinger at Madhouse Entertainment, spent the past several years at MTV, where she created and ran breakout comedy Awkward for the first three seasons and wrote and executive produced the half-hour comedy pilot Hot Mess. She exited both projects earlier this year.
Awkward creator/executive producer/showrunner Lauren Iungerich will be leaving the flagship MTV comedy series when it wraps production on Season 3 tomorrow. The network characterized the parting of the ways as mutual. “Awkward is a wonderful series and we appreciate the creativity and devotion Lauren brought to this show,” MTV Programming President Susanne Daniels said. “We wish her the best in her new ventures.” MTV is looking to extend the series, currently seeking a new showrunner for a potential fourth season. Iungerich’s decision to leave Awkward is said to have been a difficult one for her based on a combination of work and personal reasons. It comes three months after she exited her MTV comedy pilot Hot Mess as the pilot was heading into MTV’s screenings with a lot of buzz. The network ultimately decided to not go forward with the project. Both Awkward and Hot Mess originated under the previous MTV regime. Awkward is slated to return for the second half of its third season in October.
I’ve learned that MTV has decided not to go forward with comedy pilot Hot Mess following the recent departure of the project’s creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich. The decision comes as MTV brass are screening pilots for potential series pickups. Hot Mess had been considered a top contender based on strong testing and the pedigree of its creator, Awkward creator/executive Iungerich. But, like on Awkward, I hear Iungerich’s voice was at the core of Hot Mess, and, with her gone, MTV executives ultimately decided not to go forward with the project.
EXCLUSIVE: In a major shakeup on MTV‘s comedy pilot Hot Mess, I have learned that the project’s creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich has departed. “We mutually agreed to part ways on the Hot Mess pilot,” a rep for MTV said. The move comes as I hear Hot Mess tested very well and was heading into next week’s MTV screenings as a frontrunner for a series pickup. The pilot had already been exploring writer staffing in anticipation of a series order. I hear Iungerich recently made the difficult decision to leave the project she had worked on for several years for a combination of creative and personal reasons. She remains committed to her MTV series Awkward, which is currently filming its 20-epsode third season. Iungerich is Awkward’s creator/executive producer. Hot Mess was picked up to pilot by the previous MTV regime. The pilot was wrapping casting when Susanne Daniels in November was announced as new head of programming, replacing David Janollari. She was joined by ABC Family’s Mina Lefevre as SVP and Head of Scripted Programming at the end of January. I hear Daniels and Lefevre are high on Hot Mess, Read More »
MTV has assembled the cast of Hot Mess, a new pilot from Awkward creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich. Annabelle Stephenson, Matthew Atkinson, Mathew Botuchis and Shoshana Bush are set for the pilot, which Iungerich wrote and will direct. Hot Mess centers on Amanda Marshall (Stephenson), who is caught between her current and former boyfriend, and her close circle of friends from college. Atkinson plays Nick, a member of Amanda’s crew, with Botuchis as his partner in crime Todd. Bush is Vivi, Amanda’s closest girlfriend. Iungerich executive produces with Robyn Meisinger and Kim Fleary.
MTV quietly greenlit Hot Mess in September, well before this week’s executive shakeup at the network, with Susanne Daniels replacing head of programming David Janollari and co-head of scripted Clay Spencer exiting. Hot Mess has been shepherded by MTV’s other co-head of scripted Justin Levy, who is staying put and who also championed Iungerich’s breakout Awkward, which just received a People’s Choice Awards nomination for favorite cable comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: The Hard Times Of RJ Berger co-creator/executive producer David Katzenberg has been tapped to direct MTV’s half-hour comedy pilot Dumb Girls, from Awkward creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich. The ensemble project, which will be produced in-house, revolves around a group of twentysomethings and recently cast Christine Evangelista, Xosha Roquemore, Josh Kelly and Nico Evers Swindell as its four leads. This is Katzenberg’s second pilot-directing gig at MTV. He also helmed the pilot for RJ Berger, which was canceled last month after two seasons. Katzenberg has an existing relationship with Iungerich and directed four episodes of her breakout MTV hit Awkward, which wraps its first season Tuesday.
EXCLUSIVE: Christine Evangelista (The Joneses), Xosha Roquemore, Josh Kelly (One Live To Live) and Nico Evers Swindell (Prince William in William & Kate) have been cast as the leads of MTV’s comedy pilot Dumb Girls, from Awkward creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich. The ensemble project, which will be produced in-house, revolves around a group of twentysomethings. It centers on Michelle (Evangelista), who is uber-competent at her job but foolish when it comes to guys. Supported by her stalwart friends — Alex (Xosha), Danny (Josh Kelly), who admits her likes her more than a friend, and Ian (Swindell) — she mounts a plan to get the guy she likes. Iungerich is executive producing the pilot, which starts production next month, with Robyn Meisinger and Kim Fleary. Kelly, repped by Talenworks and Thruline, is a regular on One Life to Live and has not been approached yet about continuing on the show when it moves online, though that is considered likely. Evangelista is with Buchwald/Fortitude and MJ Management, Swindell is with Buchwald/Fortitude and Authentic, and Roquemore is with Principal Entertainment and SDB Partners. Read More »
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MTV is doubling its bet on Lauren Iungerich, creator/executive producer of the network’s new comedy series Awkward, which debuted 10 days ago to solid ratings. MTV has handed a pilot order to another comedy from Iungerich, Dumb Girls. The ensemble project, which will be produced in-house, revolves around a group of twentysomethings who are smart in life but dumb in love. Iungerich is executive producing with her manager at Madhouse Entertainment Robyn Meisinger and former CW head of comedy Kim Fleary who originally developed the project at the broadcast network.