'Modern Family's' Ty Burrell to Co-Write Semi-Autobiographical Comedy for ABC

Ty Burrell

"Nothing is ever going to have more of an impression on me than the pilot because there were so many emotions that came with it and so much buildup."

Ty Burrell is joining his co-star, Sofia Vergara, in the development trenches.

The Emmy winner has sold a semi-autobiographical comedy to ABC based on his childhood in Oregon with younger brother Duncan Burrell, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

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The single-camera comedy revolves around two city families who buy the only store in a tiny rural community in Oregon. In a world where everyone is overworked and reliant on technology, the clans work together -- without every modern convenience -- to build a better life for their family.

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Ty and Duncan Burrell will co-write and co-executive produce the untitled comedy, which hails from Modern Family studio 20th Television. ABC has given a script plus penalty order to the comedy.

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Burrell and co-star Vergara now both have projects set up at the Modern Family network this development season. Earlier this month the Emmy-nominated actress landed a script commitment for Killer Women, a soapy procedural revolving around a female Texas Ranger. She'll executive produce the hourlong dramatic adaptation of POL-KA Productiones' Argentine series, Mueres Asesinas, which is based on the book trilogy of the same name by Marisa Grinstein.

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