July 12, 2012 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Bravo Redeveloping ABC's 'Joneses' Remake From 'Life Unexpected' Creator
Bravo is preparing to meet the Joneses.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network is redeveloping The Joneses from Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project, originally developed at ABC under Tigelaar's overall deal with ABC Studios, is a remake of the 2009 Demi Moore and David Duchovny indie drama of the same name.
The family drama follows the all-American Joneses, a family of four that has just moved in to an upscale suburb to start a new life but have a secret they must keep from friends and neighbors: they aren't a real family at all.
Tigelaar, who last season worked on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Revenge before moving this year to Connie Britton starrer Nashville, will pen the pilot with her Life Unexpected producing partners Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile at Mojo Films on board to produce alongside Echo Lake, the producers of the Derrick Borte feature. Borte will also serve as an exec producer on the Bravo entry.
For Bravo, Joneses comes as the network that's been home to food and lifestyle unscripted efforts plots its entry into scripted fare. The cabler in April put two scripted series -- Doug Liman's 22 Birthdays and Jason Ning's Blowing Sunshine -- in its development pipeline. Bravo's goal is to have original scripted programming on the air next year.
The off-network sale for ABC Studios also comes a month after Lifetime ordered to series Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry's Devious Maids, which also hails from ABC's studio counterpart. (The pilot failed to advance at the network.)
Tigelaar is repped by WME.