11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Gay 'Odd Couple' Comedy From Amy Poehler, Claudia Lonow, 'Difficult People' Boss Set at ABC
Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite banner has sold its third comedy of the season.
The Universal Television-based production company is teaming with Claudia Lonow for the Odd Couple-themed Family Style, which has landed at ABC with a script (with penalty) commitment.
Family Style is a single-camera comedy described as a multigenerational half-hour about two mismatched men from different cultures who find love in a family-run restaurant in Miami.
The project is inspired by the life of Difficult People showrunner Scott King, who will co-write the script alongside Lonow (Crowded, How to Live With Your Parents, Friends With Benefits, Accidentally on Purpose). Both will executive produce the Universal Television comedy alongside Poehler and her studio-based Paper Kite topper Brooke Posch and 3 Arts' Dave Becky. The project reunites Poehler, Posch and Becky with King as Hulu's Billy Eichner starrer Difficult People is produced by Paper Kite.
This marks the third sale of the season for Paper Kite and second at ABC. The company previously set up a multicamera comedy starring comedic legend Carol Burnett at the Disney-owned network — marking two big off-network sales for the studio. Additionally, Paper Kite scored a pilot production commitment at NBC for Seann William Scott comedy The Baby, which was the first project to come from Poehler's rich new overall deal with UTV.
Paper Kite, which also produces Comedy Central's Broad City and Hulu's Difficult People, is repped by WME and 3 Arts. Lonow, who also has an overall with Universal TV, is repped by WME.
ABC has made strides for its comedy brand the past few seasons by focusing on more inclusive stories with series including Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Speechless and gay-themed The Real O'Neals. New twists on traditional family comedies continue to be a high priority for the broadcast networks this development season.