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ABC is adding to its comedy roster with a mix of old and new.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the network doled out pilot orders to an Uncle Buck reboot and a lesbian family comedy from comedian Fortune Feimster and producer Tina Fey. Both projects hail from outside studio Universal Television, through Buck is being done as a co-production with ABC sibling ABC Studios.
The former, based on the John Hughes movie of the same name, is being billed as a multi-camera family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. In this case, Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley are attached to write and executive produce Will Packer via his prolific Will Packer Productions.
Buck was one of many remakes being developed this past year, as the broadcast networks looked for ways to cut through the growing clutter with pre-sold names and premises. Another, Problem Child, based on the John Ritter film, was ordered to pilot at NBC this past week, while CBS is prepping Rush Hour and Limitless and Fox made its bet on Minority Report.
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Family Fortune, a semi-autobiographical story being written by Feimster and 30 Rock‘s Matt Hubbard, is about a popular gym teacher in Feimster’s native North Carolina who comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends. What she doesn’t realize is that she will also have to deal with her bickering and happily divorced parents also ‘coming out’ that they are sleeping together again.
In addition to writing, Feimster, a Chelsea Lately alum, will also co-executive produce and star. Joining her as executive producers on the half-hour effort are her former Cabot College colleagues Robert Carlock, Fey, Hubbard and 3 Arts’ David Miner. The comedy is being produced through Fey’s Little Stranger banner, which is also producing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Netflix. That half-hour, which was initially developed at NBC, has already been picked up for a second season.
Come May, the pair of comedies will compete with other half-hours, including Chev & Bev starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo and an untitled Dan Savage comedy, for a slot on ABC’s schedule.
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