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The two Emmy winners were to star along with Alec Mapa in the multicamera series from Modern Family co-creator Chris Lloyd and Vali Chandrasekaran, a longtime writer and executive producer of Modern Family. ABC opted not to go forward with the show after seeing the finished pilot, but producer 20th Television will shop the comedy to other outlets.
Baldwin, Grammer and Mapa play three men who were close friends and roommates in their 20s until their warring egos drove them apart. They reunite later in life to take one more shot at the lives they’ve always wanted.
The untitled show scored a straight-to-series order in November 2020 under previous ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke. She is now at the helm of 20th TV following a reorganization at Disney that saw Hulu originals chief Craig Erwich add ABC Entertainment to his purview.
Scuttling the show will involve a significant penalty to the creators and stars.
Lloyd, Chandrasekaran, Baldwin and Grammer executive produce with Jason Schrift, Matt DelPiano, Tom Russo, Adam Griffin and Jeff Morton. James Burrows directed and executive produced the pilot.
Baldwin and Grammer both have other projects on the horizon. Baldwin stars in Peacock’s limited series Dr. Death, based on the Wondery podcast of the same title, and continues to host ABC’s Match Game. Grammer will star in and executive produce a Frasier revival at Paramount+.
Deadline first reported the news.
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