Duo ink sobering deal

Caplan, Levisetti teaming up on untitled laffer

Former “Drew Carey” showrunner Dave Caplan is teaming with “Hope & Faith” exec producer Emile Levisetti for an untitled half-hour ABC laffer about a recovering alcoholic trying to put his life back on track.

Touchstone Television is producing via its overall deal with Levisetti, the former Industry Entertainment exec who hung out his own shingle about 18 months ago.

“The show’s about anyone who’s ever screwed up a relationship that’s important to them,” Caplan told Daily Variety. “I didn’t have to look that far for inspiration.”

Script will focus on Eddie Cooper, a recovering alcoholic who’s trying to win his wife back. At the same time, Cooper is trying to deal with being an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor for a very needy and fragile man while managing a relationship with a difficult boss.

Caplan — who’s currently an exec producer on ABC’s “George Lopez” — said the laffer will be a hybrid of the single-camera and multicam forms. Single-camera elements will involve a third-person narrator “who may be Cooper’s higher power,” he said.

Last season, Caplan teamed with Brad Grey to develop the ABC laffer “Surviving the Mintz Sisters” (Daily Variety, Oct. 6, 2004). In addition to “Drew” and “George,” he’s worked on another Bruce Helford skein, “Norm.”

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