12:59pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
AMC Pushes Into Scripted Comedy With First Order (Exclusive)
AMC is pushing into comedy for the first time.
The cable network home to Mad Men and The Walking Dead is developing a scripted comedy based on Andrea Abbate's play Random Acts, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Abbate (Accidentally on Purpose, The Office) will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy alongside Todd Holland and Karey Burke of Dark Toy Entertainment and Kenton Allen of Big Talk Productions.
The comedy revolves around Katie and Lisa, single girls in their early 30s who work through issues with relationships, family, and growing up. As contract killers in Echo Park, Katie and Lisa work through issues with drug lords, crooked cops and unpaid debts.
Random Acts will be joined by a number of other scripted comedy projects at AMC as the cable network is set to announce its upfront development slate this afternoon. That announcement will include not only scripted comedies and dramas but unscripted fare as well.
Abbate is repped by WME.
AMC has found both critical and ratings success with its original scripted dramas including Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead. The move to head into comedy comes as the cabler will say farewell to Mad Men with a split final season.