Comedy scribes, ABC start 'Family'
EmptyABC is welcoming "An American Family." The network has greenlighted a documentary-style single-camera comedy pilot from Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd.
The show, from 20th TV, revolves around three families living in the same suburb: a traditional family composed of a working dad, stay-at-home mom and three kids; another that includes a 60-year-old man who becomes a stepfather after marrying a Colombian single mom 30 years his junior; and a gay couple with an adopted Vietnamese baby.
The inspiration for the style of "Family" came from another doc-style pilot Levitan did several years ago, "Foothooker."
"I really enjoyed doing that show, and going docu-style seemed a good way to fight the cutesiness of a normal family comedy," he said.
Levitan and Lloyd's pitch generated solid interest during the summer, landing at ABC with a put pilot commitment.
"Just Shoot Me!" creator Levitan and "Frasier" veteran Lloyd recently created and exec produced Fox's comedy "Back to You," whose cancellation after one season was seen as a surprise.
"We're still shaking our heads over that decision (by Fox)," Levitan said. "We're very happy to be at ABC." (partialdiff)