EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Jenni, a multi-camera family comedy starring Mexican-American singer-songwriter Jenni Rivera. It hails from leading Broadway producer Robert L. Boyett — marking his return to television, where he was one of the top comedy series producers in the 1980s and 1990s — and Robert Horn (Designing Women). Boyett and Horn will write the project, which stars Rivera as a strong, middle-class, single Latina woman working to raise a family using unique parenting skills, while struggling to run a family business and navigate her extended, co-dependent relatives — all while fighting the cultural perception that she needs a man to do it. Boyett and Horn will executive produce, with Rivera and her manager Pete Saldago serving as producers for ABC Studios.
Lasher’s Dirty Laundry, from 20th Century Fox TV, is a one-hour dramedy that explores the twisted underbelly of marriage and parenthood. Lasher, repped by UTA and manager Marc Provissiero, is executive producing with Jonathan Levin. Lasher, who began her career as a comedy writer, spent the last four years on the CW’s Gossip Girl, rising to co-executive producer.
Horn’s The Motherload, from Sony TV, is a mother-daughter comedy based on his real-life experiences of what it was like to begin a relationship with his family later in life. Horn executive produces with Lindy Ascher. Horn, repped by CAA and the Shuman Co, has extensive theater credits including musical 13. Ascher is with Tara Kole.