Leslie Odom Jr., Katey Sagal Comedies Score Pilot Orders at ABC

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A comedy starring Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. and executive produced by Kerry Washington has taken another step forward at ABC. The network has also greenlit a family comedy pilot starring Katey Sagal.

Odom (Hamilton, Smash) is set to star in an untitled multicamera project about a married couple who run a modern ministry together and share an even more eclectic and chaotic home life with their combined four children. The show, written by Saladin Patterson (The Last O.G., The Big Bang Theory), landed at ABC with a sizable put-pilot commitment. It is based on the life of pastors Toure Roberts and Sarah-Jakes Roberts, who are co-executive producers of the comedy. Patterson, Odom, Washington and her Simpson Street partner Pilar Savone are executive producing the ABC Studios effort.

Odom is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Austen.

Sagal, meanwhile, will star in Nana, a hybrid comedy about a recently widowed dad who is forced to invite his brash, bawdy mother-in-law (Sagal) into his home to help raise the two granddaughters she hardly knows. 

The ABC Studios/20th Century Fox TV show comes from writer Lon Zimmet (L.A. to Vegas), who earned his second pilot order this season to go along with Fox's Geniuses. He executive produces with Ted Melfi and Kimberly Quinn of Goldenlight Films and Alcon Entertainment's Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Laura Lancaster.

Sagal, who is repped by WME and B&B Management, is a co-exec producer.

Nana and the Odom comedy join a pair of single-cam pilots at ABC: Happy Accident, starring Vanessa Williams and Matt Walsh, and an untitled show starring and co-created by New Girl's Hannah Simone.