EXCLUSIVE: ABC Family has put in development Rated P For Parenthood, a half-hour musical comedy chronicling the stages of modern-day parenting from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. and writer-actress Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly). ABC Signature, the cable division of ABC Studios, is producing. Rated P For Parenthood is based on the stage musical comedy of the same name created by Sandy Rustin, with music and lyrics by Dan Lipton & David Rossmer, which had an off-Broadway run in 2012. Denbo will write the adaptation and exec produce with Ripa and Consuelos. Rustin, Lipton and Rossmer will serve as producers alongside Albert Bianchini. In the spirit of Girls, Avenue Q and Parenthood, Rated P is an irreverent (musical) peek into the struggles of parenting in the age of parents who all still feel much closer to being kids themselves. And in many ways, still are.
EXCLUSIVE: Producing duo Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos have teamed with writing duo Andrew Leeds and David Lampson, creators of last season’s pilot Brenda Forever, for another half-hour comedy project with a female protagonist. Poor Pam, which has been set up at ABC through ABC Studios, centers on Poor Pam, that friend everyone feels bad for. Single, unemployed, almost broke, living in the shadow of her famous sister — everyone has it better than Pam. But that doesn’t get her down. Poor Pam always looks on the bright side of life, and she’s always ready to go another round, no matter how many times she gets dropped on her ass. Leeds and Lampson will write the script and executive produce with Ripa and Consuelos. The project was developed internally at Ripa and Consuelos’ Milojo Prods with Albert Bianchini, who oversees the company’s projects.
EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development a multi-cam comedy from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos‘ Milojo Prods. The untitled project, written by former General Hospital: Nightshift head writer Sri Rao, centers on a free-spirited single mom who’s raising two kids in Brooklyn and running a small design company with three of her best friends. Things take a turn when her conservative 16-year-old son starts interning at her company, intent on transforming the family business into a global empire. Ripa, Consuelos and Rao will executive produce for ABC Studios. Milojo has been actively developing for ABC, most recently selling a comedy written by Peter Murrieta last season. The company also has a non-scripted project in the early stages of series production, as well as digital projects in development. This marks the second network sale for Rao this season. He also is penning The Black Widow for NBC as part of Electus’ 3-for-1 telenovela series deal with the network. He previously created and directed TeenNick’s What Goes On. On-screen, Ripa is hosting her popular syndicated talk show Live!, while Consuelos co-stars in the upcoming Amazon comedy series Alpha House.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Consuelos has been tapped as a lead opposite John Goodman in Amazon Studios‘ comedy pilot Alpha House. Yara Martinez and Kobi Libii also have been cast in the pilot written by Garry Trudeau. Alpha House follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC. Consuelos will play one of them, Andy Guzman, a young, handsome, confident Senator with an excess of charm & swagger. An irresistible rogue. Goodman plays another Senator. Martinez will play Adriana De Portago, a beautiful Cuban-American billionaire heiress looking for a good time with new beau, Andy Guzman. Libii will play Aaron Stimson, a seasoned Capitol Hill vet on one of the Senators’ staffs. Consuelos, repped by CAA and Liebman Entertainment, recently recurred on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum and NBC’s Guys With Kids. Martinez, repped by APA and D2 Management, has recurred on ABC Family’s The Lying Game, ABC’s Nashville and TNT’s Southland. Libii, repped by KSR&A and manager Ken Treusch, can be seen in the off-Broadway play Really Really.
EXCLUSIVE: ABC is finalizing a script deal for a comedy that will star Mark Consuelos and be executive produced by Consuelos and his wife, Live With Kelly & Michael host Kelly Ripa, through their Milojo Prods. Peter Murrieta will write the project based on an idea by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Murrieta and Kaplan will executive produce with Consuelos and Ripa.
The half-hour, produced by ABC Studios, centers on a blue-collar handyman from Queens (Consuelos) who enters the moneyed world of the Upper West Side, where he and his son become part of a non-traditional family unit. ABC Studios is producing. This is the second time ABC and ABC Studios are developing a comedy starring Consuelos and executive produced by him, Ripa and Kaplan. Two years ago, the network bought Port Love, a workplace comedy written by Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai.
EXCLUSIVE: Glee‘s Sue Sylvester soon won’t be not the only hard-driving cheerleading coach with a primetime series. CMT has greeenlighted Cheer, a reality series from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. The six-episode, hourlong series goes inside the high-stakes, high-pressure world of competitive cheerleading with tough-as-nails coach Patty Ann Romero and her elite competitive cheerleading team as they journey toward the world cheerleading championships. The series is now in production and will debut in September, along with the upcoming seventh season of CMT’s unscripted hit Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team. “Kelly and Mark’s passion for this project, along with the sport’s universal appeal, make this a fantastic project for CMT,” said the network’s EVP development and programming Jayson Dinsmore. “This series, paired with the powerhouse Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, promises to be the next breakout hit on the network.”
Cheer centers on Romero and her senior team consisting of 20 top athletes who, outside of the gym, are ordinary teenage girls trying balance a grueling schedule of conditioning and competitions along with school and the pressures of everyday life. While Romero dominates in the gym, she also is like a second mother to her team and will do what it takes to make sure they succeed on the mat and in life. “Having been a cheerleader, I know all too well what these girls …
EXCLUSIVE: Live With Regis & Kelly co-host Kelly Ripa was with WME, and her husband Mark Consuelos was with Innovative. CAA’s Bryan Lourd not only signed them but also their production company Milojo Productions, which has made several shows for TLC. The question now is whether Consuelos might replace Regis Philbin as Kelly’s co-host. In a recent People magazine poll, Consuelos scored big over other contenders like Survivor‘s Jeff Probst.
EXCLUSIVE: They may be preparing to say goodbye as co-hosts of Live with Regis and Kelly, but Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin are planning a new collaboration beyond the syndicated daily talk show. I hear Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos are developing a TV special through their Milojo Prods. to star Philbin. Details about the project are sketchy, but it is said to showcase Philbin’s abilities as a storyteller. Molojo has already met with several prominent directors for the special. Contrary to a Page Six report that Ripa was pissed at Philbin for exploring other projects, it seems like she might be part of them. In January, Philbin announced that he would leave Live after 25 years, the last 10 with Ripa as co-host.
EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. has come on board to co-produce with Charlie Corwin’s Original Media the second season of the docu-series Be Good Johnny Weir, which chronicles the flamboyant figure skater as he mounts his upcoming ice skating stage show Spectacular. The 10-episode second season is now in production for a summer run on the gay-centered cable channel Logo. Additionally, Milojo and Original Media, along with Weir’s Fireworks Management, will spearhead the development and production of Spectacular.
EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Ripa is ready for more daytime-primetime double duty with Port Love, a new comedy project at ABC. Ripa and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, will co-write the story for the single-camera project, with Consuelos set to star and Ripa to recur. Both will executive produce through their production company Milojo Prods. Port Love, from ABC Studios, is a workplace comedy set at a formerly popular network series and revolves around the cast and crew who have more backstage drama in their lives than in the actual show they’re working on. Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai (According to Jim) will co-write the story with Ripa and Consuelos. Hodes and Dibai will write the script and will executive produce with the 2 actors and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Ripa and Consuelos’ producing partner Albert Bianchini also is expected to produce the project, which has received script commitment.