Immigration Rom-Com in the Works at ABC

Chris Encell
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ABC has landed a romantic comedy set against a backdrop that's usually far more serious: immigration.

The network is developing Borderline, from writer Chris Encell (The Good Place). The single-camera show from ABC Signature follows a couple, Steve and Maria, whose whirlwind new romance is cut short when Maria is notified she's being deported.

They have to decide whether to bail on the potential love of their lives or take a leap of faith and get married. Can the goody two-shoes Steve and the reckless Maria, who barely know each other, live happily ever after? Absolutely not, but they're going to try.

Encell, who is Mexican American, also counts Netflix's On My Block and Fox's upcoming animated series Housebroken among his credits. He's executive producing Borderline with Danny Chun (The Office, Speechless).

ABC is leaning into timely issues in its development slate. In addition to Borderline, the network is also developing a post-quarantine comedy called Real People, a drama about the CDC from Sam Esmail and a comedy set at a Black-owned Washington, D.C. bar that serves political staffers and other residents of the capital.

The network's comedy roster also includes a Wonder Years reboot centered on a Black family; Old-ish, a potential spinoff of Black-ish; an LGBTQ family comedy from writer Sabrina Jalees; and Happy for You, about a mother and her daughters.