ABC Studios assigns Comden to 'Temps'


Danny Comden is back at ABC and ABC Studios.

The actor-writer has inked a deal with ABC Studios for "Temps," a multicamera comedy set up at ABC.

Comden will write and star in the project, described as a modern "Taxi" set at a temp agency.

The deepening recession is making the project topical and relatable as companies that lay off employees often resort to temp agencies to fill vacant positions, Comden said.

"Temps" also explores the plight of overqualified and underemployed immigrants who held high academic or professional positions in their native countries but often work manual labor jobs in the U.S.

The show is set at the agency's office and also will follow temps on their assignments. It centers on a 10-year veteran temp (Comden).

"He is absolutely content as a temp," Comden said. "He doesn't work overtime, and he doesn't take his job home with him."

Under his previous two deals with ABC and ABC Studios (then Touchstone TV), Comden developed other projects and starred in several pilots and series, including the comedy "I'm With Her."

He is repped by UTA, Principato-Young and attorney David Weber. (partialdiff)