'Light Years' ahead for CW

Put pilot commitment expands business with ABC Studios

The CW is expanding its business with "Reaper" producer ABC Studios.

The network has handed a pilot order to "Light Years," a family dramedy penned by Liz Tigelaar ("What About Brian").

Gary Fleder is attached to direct the pilot, which centers on a smart, sassy 15-year-old girl who, seeking emancipation after growing up in foster homes, tracks down her parents who had given her up for adoption when their one-night stand in high school resulted in pregnancy.

She connects with her birth mom, a morning radio show host with commitment-phobia, and dad, an immature bar owner, and the trio forms a modern-day "It Takes a Village"-type family.