ABC Family greenlights comedy pilots
Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence attached to untitled showABC Family has greenlighted two comedy pilots, one starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence and the other hailing from "Boy Meets World" creator Michael Jacobs.
In the untitled Hart-Lawrence multicamera project, the "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" star will play Hailey, a political dynasty wild child-turned-politician who takes in her teenage niece and pre-adolescent nephew when her sister goes to prison and her brother-in-law flees. She turns for help to Jack (Lawrence), who, desperate for a job, moves in and becomes the family's "manny."
Bob Young and David Kendall penned the script and are executive producing the pilot with Hart, Lawrence and Paula Hart.
The untitled single-camera project, written and executive produced by Jacobs, examines parenting philosophies. It centers on a young father, recently laid off from his architecture firm, who begins to mentor his underdog middle daughter, while his veterinarian wife shares a closer bond with their Type A older daughter.
Both pilots will film this fall in Los Angeles.
ABC Family is coming off a good summer in which two of its three new series, the comedy "10 Things I Hate About You" and the drama "Make It or Break It," debuted to strong ratings and earned second-season renewals.
Driven by its hits "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Make It," ABC Family just wrapped its most-watched third quarter to date in adults 18-34, women 18-34, adults 18-49, women 18-49 and females 12-34.