Comedy scribes, ABC start 'Family'

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ABC 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)
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