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After adding four more dramas to its growing pilot slate, ABC has also tapped seven comedies for 2015-16 season consideration — most notably a laugher from Johnny Knoxville.
The fruits of his 2014 overall deal with ABC Studios, Knoxville’s untitled project finds the Jackass star narrating a yarn based on his own childhood. The 12- year-old Johnny, living in Tennessee, embraced “outlaw culture” at an early age, and the family comedy lays the roots for his prankster future. The pilot is written by Victor Fresco, with Knoxville and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Davy Becky attached as EPs.
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Rotenberg also has a non-writing EP credit on Delores and Jermaine. A multi-camera, it features an odd pairing of a millennial (Jermaine) his once-estranged grandmother (Delores). Another autobiographical sitcom from ABC Studios, it is based on comedian Jermaine Fowler‘s life. He co-wrote the pilot with Danny Chun, who serves as EP alongside Rosenberg and 3 Arts’ Avi Gilbert.
Dan Fogelman and his Rhode Island Ave Productions also has two new pilots, both from ABC studios, in the order: an untitled NBA project about a rookie who doesn’t speak English and his sports-confused translator and The King of 7B. The basketball buddy comedy is written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Mike Tollin, Peter Gruber (Mandalay Sports Media) and Aaron Kaplan (Kapital Entertainment) are also on board as executive producers. (The NBC is officially signed on as well.) 7B, written and executive produced by Howard Franklin, is an ensemble about an agoraphobic who finally steps out of his apartment in his search for true love. It hasn’t yet been decided if it will be single or multi camera.
Warner Bros. TV and writer executive producers Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer have an “anti-romantic” romantic comedy in The 46 Percenters. It follows three married couples and is told through each of their P.O.V.
The last two comedies, both from 20th Century Fox TV, come from Judah Miller and Wendy and Lizzlie Molyneux. Miller’s untitled single cam project, also executive produced by 3Arts’ Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry, is a family comedy focused on a very unique unit. A Tony-winning mother and a risk averse, cerebral father become unlikely sports enthusiasts when there son presents himself as a natural born competitive athlete. The Molyneuxs’ The Brainy Bunch, based on a child-rearing book by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding, is an adaptation of the authors’ own experience raising extremely intelligent children through home schooling. Imagine is also producing.
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