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Former Tonight Show head writer Nedaa Sweiss is setting her sights on primetime.
ABC is developing a comedy called Real People from Sweiss. The single-camera show from ABC Signature follows diverse neighboring families who grew close during the lockdown as they struggle to return to everyday life in their own comedic ways.
Sweiss is writing the project and will executive produce along with director Nisha Ganatra (via her Ladies’ Car Productions and David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer of The District.
“We love Nedaa and we love this show. She’s built a rich, cross-cultural world that is both universal and specific,” said Ganatra (Late Night, Better Things). “It brings together some of our favorite things — humor, strong and differing points of view, and themes of family and friendship. With ABC’s track record of making fresh, hilarious, and heartfelt shows, it really feels like the perfect home.”
News of the development of Real People (no relation to the early 1980s NBC series) comes a day after ABC launched a new set of diversity and inclusion standards for actors, writers, directors and crew. The guidelines, spearheaded by exec vp development and content strategy Simran Sethi, aims to increase the ranks of underrepresented groups across the network’s shows.
Sweiss has also worked on The Late Late Show With James Corden and is a consulting writer on the syndicated Drew Barrymore Show.
Real People joins a comedy development slate at ABC that also includes a Wonder Years reboot centered on a Black family; a multi-camera comedy from comedian Sabrina Jalees; family comedy Happy for You from Single Parents veterans Taylor Cox and Kim Rosenstock; and Old-ish, a Black-ish spinoff focusing on Laurence Fishburne’s and Jenifer Lewis’ characters.
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