8:21pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Kevin Hart's Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Ordered to Pilot at ABC
ABC is adding to its comedy pilot pickups, handing out a cast-contingent order to a semi-autobiographical comedy based on the life of Kevin Hart.
After picking up the project with a put-pilot commitment in October, the half-hour comedy project is based on the red-hot comedian's stand-up act. The project, from former Community EPs Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, takes a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite their differences. Hart doesn't plan to star but likely will play a recurring role if the series goes forward.
Goldman and Donovan will pen the script as well as executive produce the multicamera effort set up at 20th Century Fox TV, where the producing partners are under an overall deal. Joining them as EPs are Hart and his 3 Arts manager, Dave Becky (Louie).
The news follows a breakout couple of years for Hart, who has become one of the most successful stand-up acts working today. In addition to his comic timing, executives across both film and TV are drawn to his ability to connect with his fans, which includes nine million Twitter followers.
Hart got his big break in a recurring role on Judd Apatow's short-lived cult darling Undeclared, which bowed on Fox in 2001. In the decade since, Hart has turned up on everything from ABC's Modern Family to BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood, for which he executive produces and stars. Additionally, his stand-up tours have sold out at arenas around the world, including The Staples Center in L.A., Madison Square Garden in New York and The O2 Arena in London. His recent stand-up doc, Let Me Explain, grossed more than $32 million.
The Hart vehicle marks ABC's first multicamera comedy pilot order this season. The network currently has one multicamera half-hour on the air -- Friday entry Last Man Standing. It comes after ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee has been vocal about looking to expand the network's multicamera block on Fridays.