Phil Lord and Chris Miller Sell 'Escape' Comedy to ABC

Issue 21 BIZ Exec Suite Lord Miller - H 2014
Christopher Patey

Issue 21 BIZ Exec Suite Lord Miller - H 2014

ABC is teaming with prolific producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy from the duo, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Escape centers on a stressed-out urban professional who uproots himself and his troubled 19-year-old son to move to rural Idaho to live with his father, a retired surgeon with the ruggedness of Indiana Jones.

Dan Sterling (The Interview) will write and exec produce with Lord, Miller and Seth Cohen. The Escape hails from 20th Century Fox Television, where Lord and Miller have an overall deal.

The Escape marks a key off-network sale for the duo, as well as 20th TV. Lord and Miller's current series, Last Man on Earth, Son of Zorn and the forthcoming Making History, all call Fox home.

Three of ABC's current half-hours, Last Man Standing, Fresh Off the Boat and freshmen entry Speechless, hail from 20th TV. Speechless is co-produced by ABC Studios.