August 23, 2012 10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Accidentally on Purpose' Producer Sells Dysfunctional Family Comedy to ABC
ABC has given a put-pilot commitment to a family comedy based on the life of Accidentally on Purpose writer-producer Andrea Abbate.
Titled Crazy Gene, the single-camera comedy is based on Abbate's experiences; with some families "prone to cancer," hers is "prone to felonies." The effort revolves around a woman who tries to raise her incarcerated brother's children as well as her adopted African-American teenage son.
21 Laps' Abbate, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy will executive produce the 20th Television entry.
The project comes as Fox is preparing to launch Ben and Kate, a buzzy comedy loosely based on showrunner Dana Fox's brother that centers on a single woman who gets an assist from her idiot brother as she raises her young daughter. In addition, ABC will bow the midseason How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life that's based on the life of showrunner Claudia Lonow.
Abbate most recently was a consulting producer-writer on Accidentally on Purpose. Her credits also include Rude Awakening and The Tony Danza Show.
For 21 Laps (Last Man Standing), the sale follows a busy development season last year, in which they sold 11 projects. Only one -- Fox's Rogue -- went to pilot, which ultimately was passed over.