ABC eyes Saget sitcom
ABC is in talks to pick up the orphaned Bob Saget sitcom “Surviving Suburbia.”The comedy from Media Rights Capital was set to bow this March as part of MRC’s Sunday-night block on the CW. But those plans were scrapped after the CW reclaimed the night and terminated its pact with MRC in November. Production nonetheless continued on the 13 episodes of “Surviving Suburbia,” with MRC shopping the show to nets since then. Kevin Abbott (“Reba”) exec produces the laffer, along with Acme Prods.’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. “Suburbia” revolves around Keith and Anne Stevers and their two children, all of whose lives are upended when they get new next-door neighbors. Series also stars Cynthia Stevenson, Jared Kusnitz, G Hannelius, Jere Burns and Lorna Scott. “Suburbia” meshes with ABC Entertainment Group prexy Steve McPherson’s desire, expressed to reporters earlier this month at the TV Critics press tour, to schedule more traditional comedies at the net. It’s also a homecoming for Saget, who starred in “Full House” and hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” both on ABC, in the early 1990s. More recently, Saget hosted the NBC gamer “1 vs. 100.” He’s also the uncredited narrator on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” MRC also produces upcoming animated comedy “The Goode Family” for ABC.
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