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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Sell Comedy to ABC (Exclusive)

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith
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Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

The project centers on a Dominican-American who is torn between his traditional roots and his ideas about what it means to be successful in America.

ABC has nabbed a multicamera comedy from Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The pair, along with long-time business partner James Lassiter, have sold the Untitled Romeo Project, with singer Anthony "Romeo" Santos tapped to star.

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The project, which hails from ABC Studios and their Overbrook Entertainment, centers on a charasmatic Dominican-American (Romeo) from Washington Heights, who tries to please his very traditional, immigrant father while also creating a life that reflects his new vision of the American Dream. (While the character differs significantly from the singer's real life, the father-son relationship is reminiscent of Romeo's with his father.)

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Chris Pappas and Mike Bernier (Unhitched, One Night Stan) will serve as writers and executive producers on the project, with the Smiths and Lassiter attached as non-writing executive producers. 

If ultimately ordered to series, it would join a growing cadre of Smith projects, including films The Karate Kid and The Secret Life of Bees, along with Broadway's Fela! and TNT's since-canceled  Hawthorne.

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