Comedy scribes, ABC start 'Family'

Pilot from Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd

ABC is welcoming "An American Family."

The network has greenlighted a docu-style single-camera comedy pilot from veterans Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd.

The show, from 20th TV, revolves around three families living in the same suburb: a traditional family comprised of a working dad, stay-at-home mom and three kids; another that includes a 60-year-old man who becomes a stepfather after marrying a Colombian single mom who is 30 years his junior; and a gay couple who have just adopted a Vietnamese baby.

The inspiration for the style of "Family" came from another docu-style pilot Levitan did several years ago, the low-budget "Foothooker."

"I really enjoyed doing that show, and going docu-style seemed a good way to fight the cutesiness of a normal family comedy," Levitan said.

Levitan and Lloyd's pitch generated solid interest during the summer, landing at ABC with a put pilot commitment.

"Just Shoot Me!" creator Levitan and "Frasier" veteran Lloyd most recently created and exec produced Fox's comedy "Back to You," whose cancellation after one season was seen as a surprise.

"We're still shaking our heads over that decision (by Fox)," Levitan said. "We're very happy to be at ABC."
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