ABC Orders Comedy Pilot From 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Creator, 'New Girl' Star

Phil Rosenthal is writing and exec producing the family comedy, with Max Winkler, Rob Reinis and Jake Johnson on board as EPs.
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ABC is investing in family comedy.

The network has ordered multi-camera effort The Winklers to pilot. The half-hour vehicle hails from a group that knows a thing or two about the genre: Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and Happy Days star Henry Winkler's son Max Winkler and son-in-law Rob Reinis. The elder Winkler will likely star, though no deal has been signed.

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The Winklers is based on the Winklers' lives, centering on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his over-sharing in-laws. The project is being produced by New Girl star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler's 20th Century Fox TV-based shingle, The Walcott Company, in association with 20th TV. Winkler, Reinis and Johnson will serve as executive producers, with CAA-repped Rosenthal writing and exec producing.

It joins nine other comedies in contention at ABC, including a Kevin Hart entry and Nahnatchka Khan's recently ordered Fresh Off the Boat.