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The two music stars — who also collaborate on Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost — are behind Family Affair, about a musician who’s suddenly put into a parental role. The network has given a put pilot commitment to the single-camera show from ABC Signature and writers Devon and Ranada Shepard.
The project is the second at ABC for Jackson, who’s also an executive producer of the network’s drama For Life.
Family Affair (which has no connection to the 1960s-70s sitcom of the same title or its early 2000s remake) centers on A-ron, a faded R&B star whose bachelor life is upended when he’s saddled with raising his sister’s four children. Feeling overwhelmed, A-ron soon discovers that musical talent runs in the family and takes on the challenges of both managing a music group and raising a family.
The potential series joins a comedy development slate at ABC that includes a Wonder Years remake centered on a Black family, mother-and-daughters show Happy for You, post-quarantine comedy Real People and others.
Devon (Being Mary Jane, The Neighborhood) and Ranada (Connecting …) Shepard are writing and executive producing. Other executive producers are Jackson, via his G-Unit Film and Television; Blige and Bruce Miller of Blue Butterfly Productions; David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles of Universal Music/Polygram; and Noah Rosenberg.
Jackson is repped by APA and attorneys Eric Feig and Stephen Savva. Blige is repped by APA, The Lede Company and Granderson Des Rochers. Devon and Ranada Shepard are with APA, Nacelle Company and Hansen Jacobson. Rosenberg is with APA and Frankfurt Kurnit.
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