ABC Nabs D.C. Bar Comedy From 'Black Lady Sketch Show' Veteran

Akilah Green
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ABC is heading to Washington for its next comedy project.

The network is developing a multi-camera comedy called Nate's, from writer Akilah Green and Disney's 20th Television. The project is set at a Black-owned D.C. dive bar that has been serving drinks for the last 10 presidential administrations and is a sanctuary for congressional staffers, Metro workers, Beltway socialites and other regulars.

It's territory Green knows: Before moving into television, she was a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington. Her writing credits include HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show, NBC's Perfect Harmony and September's Emmy Awards telecast. She's repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and Jonathan Shikora.

Green will executive produce Nate's with Katie Newman and Luke Maxwell of 3 Arts.

The project is one of more than a half-dozen comedies on ABC's development slate. They also include a Wonder Years reboot centered on a Black family; Old-ish, a Black-ish spinoff focusing on Laurence Fishburne's and Jenifer Lewis' characters; post-quarantine show Real People; a multi-camera comedy from comedian Sabrina Jalees; and family comedy Happy for You.

On the drama side, the network has a Silicon Valley drama from How to Get Away With Murder creator Pete Nowalk; In the End from Pose's Steven Canals; procedural Acts of Crime and a show about the CDC from Sam Esmail; and family drama Chicano, from former Queen of the South showrunner Natalie Chaidez, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker.