Alphabet, Frog lift off with new skeins
ABC is giving “Adopted” a home.
Net has greenlit production of a pilot for the 20th Century Fox TV half-hour laffer, based on a Groundlings sketch developed by scribes/producers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Kevin Abbott (“Reba”) will exec produce along with Paul Young and Peter Principato of PYE; E. Brian Dobbins of PYE is a co-exec producer.
Also getting the go-ahead late last week were an Alphabet laffer from former ABC Entertainment prexy Jamie Tarses and partner Karey Burke, as well as a WB drama pilot from “Sex and the City” scribe Liz Tuccillo.
“Adopted” revolves around a thirtysomething writer named Lloyd Leaf, whose life is turned upside down when his biological mom shows up on his doorstep one day. His adoptive and birth mothers end up comically competing for his attention, much as Ray’s mom and wife battle it out on “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
“It feels like a cross between ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Arrested Development,’ ” said Abbott, who came on board after Faxon and Rash penned the pilot on spec and their common reps at CAA brought them together.
Rash said he and Faxon “have been performing this sketch for about five years” and first put their ideas in script form about a year ago. “Adopted” reps their first pilot script sale and production greenlight.
“My sister and I were both adopted, and this was inspired by her biological mother tracking her down before a wedding,” Rash said. “This was born out of that situation, and the feelings I had watching my family adapt.”
Faxon said that at its heart, “Adopted” is “about a guy trying to bring his nonblended dysfunctional family together. He’s being proactive in trying to create a family” out of a chaotic situation.
“Adopted” first arrived at ABC just a few weeks ago, set up as a premium script after at least one other net expressed serious interest in the spec project.
Also at ABC, the Tarses/Burke project will be written and exec produced by Deb Kaplan and Harry Elfont, whose recent credits include the feature “Surviving Christmas.”
Tarses and Burke will serve as nonwriting exec producers on the Touchstone laffer, a single-camera pilot about thirtysomething singles dating in Philadelphia.
Kaplan and Elfont wrote and directed the feature version of “Josie and the Pussycats,” as well as the teen flick “Can’t Hardly Wait.”
As for the WB pilot, Tuccillo will write and co-exec produce the untitled project, which follows four adult sisters in Manhattan who together struggle through career and romance.
Warner Bros. TV will produce, along with Steve Pearlman’s Class IV Prods. Pearlman and Class IV’s Andrew Plotkin will exec produce. Also, in her first major gig since “Friends” left the air, Marta Kauffman is on board to exec produce the pilot.
Tuccillo teamed with fellow former “Sex and the City” writer Greg Behrendt to pen last year’s best seller “He’s Just Not That Into You.”