'Breaking In' Creator's '80s 'Wonder Years' Comedy Gets Pilot Order at ABC

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He's that rare talent adept at writing for film ("Fanboys"), TV ("Still Standing") and animation (the forthcoming short-film sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon" on DVD), but it's Goldberg's first show-business foray that fills him with a more esteemed pride.

ABC is, like, totally going back to the 1980s.

The network has ordered to pilot How the F am I Normal, a single-camera comedy from Breaking In creator Adam F. Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Described as a dysfunctional Wonder Years set in the simpler times of the 1980s, the single-camera comedy is inspired by Goldberg's childhood. He'll pen the Sony Pictures Television comedy and executive produce alongside Happy Madison's Doug Robinson with Breaking In's Seth Gordon set to exec produce and direct.

The project was originally set up at Fox in August 2011, when the network revived Breaking In for a shortened second season and landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment in September.

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"My favorite show of all time is the Wonder Years, so this is my chance to go do a Wonder Years," Goldberg told THR of the project earlier this year. He had digitized 300 tapes featuring his own dysfunctional family's squabbles to use as inspiration.

Among the appeals of the loosely defined 1980s project: the relatability of a family that yells often but ultimately loves each other. "Fox thought that that was a universal thing that hasn't really been seen on TV," he said in January, "because family shows tend to be watered down and pleasant."

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At that time, he had hoped former The Talk host Leah Remini would be perfect for the mother, but she has since landed a role on ABC's Family Tools. He also planned to incorporate a Kevin Arnold-esque voiceover.

Normal marks Goldberg's return after his Fox Christian Slater workplace comedy was briefly brought back from cancellation last year only to have it meet the same fate.

Goldberg, repped by WME, was featured on THR's Next Generation list in 2011. 

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