Network greenlights half-hour comedy
They’re having a busy week at ABC, which just greenlit another comedy pilot and three more dramas.New to the pilot roster: the comedy “Bad Mothers Handbook” and the drama presentations “Finnegan,” “The Unusuals” and “Castle.” Also Wednesday, Lauren Lee Smith scored the lead in the CBS pilot “Can Openers,” while Alina Foley and Ridge Canipe have joined Fox’s “Outnumbered.” Over at ABC, “Bad Mother’s Handbook” comes from scribes Jennifer Konner and Alexandra Rushfield. Laffer, based on the book by Kate Long, revolves around 32-year-old Karen, for whom taking care of her 16-year-old daughter and 48-year-old mother is all consuming. Single-cam project will be exec produced by Konner, Rushfield and Stu Bloomberg; ABC Studios is behind it. Laffer reps a return to the Alphabet web for Konner and Rushfield, who created and exec produced ABC’s Ted Danson comedy “Help Me Help You” in 2006. “Bad Mothers Handbook” comes out of Konner and Rushfield’s premium two-script pact sealed last summer with ABC Studios. The scribes’ other credits include the Fox pilot “Pool Guys” and the Judd Apatow laffer “Undeclared.” Duo are also writing a feature project for Apatow at Universal and the Disney feature “BFF” for producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. Also at the net, “Finnegan” comes from writer-exec producer Trent Jones (“Threat Matrix”); Francie Calfo is also an exec producer. ABC Studios is behind the project, which revolves around the Los Angeles Police Dept.’s organized crime and vice unit. Procedural will center on a female lead. “The Unusuals,” from Noah Hawley (“Bones”), is a one-hour comedic procedural set in a New York police precinct. Sony Pictures TV is behind the show; Hawley will exec produce with Peter Tolan. Hawley’s credits also include the feature “Lies & Alibis.” “Castle,” which comes from Armyan Bernstein’s Beacon shingle, centers on a mystery novelist who helps the NYPD solve crimes. Comedic one-hour procedural was written by Andrew Marlowe (“End of Days”), who will exec produce. Bernstein is also an executive producer, as is Beacon TV prexy Laurie Zaks. ABC Studios is behind the project. It’s been a busy development season for Beacon, which is also producing the CBS pilot “NY-LON.” On the casting front, Smith will play a brain surgeon attempting to balance her work — the male-dominated world of neurosurgery — with her personal life, on “Can Openers.” Sony Pictures TV produces the pilot presentation. Smith’s credits also include the upcoming features “Pathology,” “Trick ‘r Treat” and “Helen.” Child actress Foley will play Lily Embry, the youngest of three children, on “Outnumbered.” Young thesp, the daughter of comedian Dave Foley, has appeared on “Days of Our Lives” and the Web series “In the Motherhood.” Also joining the cast of “Outnumbered”: Canipe (“Supernatural”) will play Kyle.