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ABC 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.
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