January 29, 2014 10:00am PT by Lacey Rose
ABC Orders Comedy Pilot From 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Creator, 'New Girl' Star
ABC is investing in family comedy.
The network has ordered multi-camera effort The Winklers to pilot. The half-hour vehicle hails from a group that knows a thing or two about the genre: Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and Happy Days star Henry Winkler's son Max Winkler and son-in-law Rob Reinis. The elder Winkler will likely star, though no deal has been signed.
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The Winklers is based on the Winklers' lives, centering on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his over-sharing in-laws. The project is being produced by New Girl star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler's 20th Century Fox TV-based shingle, The Walcott Company, in association with 20th TV. Winkler, Reinis and Johnson will serve as executive producers, with CAA-repped Rosenthal writing and exec producing.
It joins nine other comedies in contention at ABC, including a Kevin Hart entry and Nahnatchka Khan's recently ordered Fresh Off the Boat.