“Live with Regis and Kelly” co-host Kelly Ripa is looking to get back into the sitcom biz — but this time from behind the camera.
Ripa and hubby Mark Consuelos (“Missing”) have sold a project to the CW loosely based on how they met — as thesps on the soap opera “All My Children.” They’ve teamed with scribes Jeff Hodes and Nastaran Dibai, who was exec producer-showrunner in the final season of Ripa’s ABC laffer “Hope and Faith.”
Ripa, Consuelos, Hodes and Dibai will exec produce the comedy, which will come from Warner Bros. TV and CBS Paramount Network TV.
Laffer will revolve around two actors who navigate the behind-the-scenes insanity at the soap opera in which they star. Ripa and Conseulos first met on “Children” playing love interests, before marrying in real life.
Ripa and company first pitched the idea to CW Entertainment prexy Dawn Ostroff; the show was then put under the domain of Warner and CBS Par, as per the CW’s decree that both studios co-produce every project they have at the new netlet.
Ripa has co-hosted “Live” since 2001; she spent three years as Faith Fairfield on “Hope & Faith” and also recurred on “Ed.” Besides “Missing,” Consuelos appeared in the film “The Great Raid” and in the ABC Family telepic “Beautiful Girl.” He also guested opposite his wife on “Hope & Faith.”
Comedy reps the couple’s first time (either separate or together) as producers.
Hodes and Dibai’s resume includes “According to Jim,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Jesse” and “The Nanny.”