ABC sets up trio of laffers

Network takes on '18,' 'Gavin,' Todd sitcom

ABC has given a pilot commitment to “18 Years,” a half-hour sitcom from Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith (“The King of Queens”).

Also at the Alphabet, the network is adapting a U.S. version of the BBC romantic comedy “Gavin and Stacey” and has a new sitcom in the works from “Samantha Who?” exec producer Don Todd.

Laffer “18 Years” centers on a young urbanite couple who must adjust to their new life as parents — trading their fast-paced existence for a more domesticated lifestyle.

Yuspa and Goldsmith are writing the pilot and will exec produce; Sony Pictures TV is set to produce.

The scribes are familiar with turning life-altering milestones into sitcoms, having created the marriage-centered comedy ” ‘Til Death” for Fox. At ABC, they last created the wedding-themed comedy “Big Day.”

Yuspa and Goldsmith’s feature credits include “13 Going on 30” and “What Women Want.”

Meanwhile, ABC’s new take on “Gavin and Stacey” will be written by Stacy Traub (“Notes From the Underbelly”) and Hayes Jackson (“According to Jim”).

BBC Worldwide is producing the laffer. The U.K. version, written by Ruth Jones and James Corden, revolves around a young man from England who strikes up a relationship over the phone with a young woman from Wales.

The two eventually decide to meet, and hit it off — but must navigate their eccentric families and friends. In the U.K. series, which recently aired here on BBC America, Mathew Horne played Gavin, while Joanna Page starred as Stacey.

As for the new Todd project, untitled laffer centers on a thirtysomething woman who’s promoted to a new job managing a bunch of young twentysomething workers. She soon discovers that this younger “millennial” generation doesn’t grasp the concept of boundaries — and is looking for a boss that can also double as a mother, therapist, coach and friend.

Multicamera laffer will be written and exec produced by Todd. ABC Studios is the studio; Brillstein Entertainment Partners is also onboard. BEP’s Peter Traugott is an exec producer; others may be added as exec producers at a later date.

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