'The Conners' Duo Sets Second Blue-Collar Comedy at ABC

Sara Gilbert and Tom Werner
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The Conners executive producers Sara Gilbert and Tom Werner are backing another comedy at ABC.

The pair are executive producing Bucktown, which like the Roseanne spinoff is a multicamera show about a blue-collar family. The ABC Signature project has received a pilot order from the network.

Meanwhile, ABC has opted not to move forward with two comedy holdovers from the 2020 development cycle: Work Wife, based on the relationship between Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, and an untitled workplace show starring Lucy Liu.

Bucktown comes from Emily Wilson, a writer and co-executive producer on The Conners. It centers on Amy, who after being dumped and kicked out of her apartment on the eve of a big promotion, seeks refuge at her mom's house in the working-class neighborhood where she grew up. She reconnects with her teenage niece — who's living there due to Amy's sister’s latest rehab stint — and resolves to stay when she realizes that her mom and niece aren’t quite equipped to go it alone.

Wilson (Cougar Town, The Kids Are Alright) will executive produce with Gilbert and Werner (via their sara + tom banner), Marc Provissiero (via Odenkirk Provissiero) and Mandy Summers.

Work Wife and the untitled workplace show were developed under former ABC Entertainment chief Karey Burke (who in December moved to Disney's 20th Television) last year. Hulu's Craig Erwich now also oversees ABC Entertainment and may be seeking to put his own stamp on the network's slate.

In addition to Bucktown, Erwich has given pilot orders to a Wonder Years reboot, single-camera comedy Maggie and an untitled multicam from Regina Hicks since taking over in December. ABC's comedy slate for 2021-22 also includes 2020 holdover Adopted and an untitled Alec Baldwin-Kelsey Grammer show, which received a straight to series order.