ABC plans to ‘Be a Better American’

Network greenlights comedy pilot from 'Scrubs' scribes

ABC has added two more projects to its pilot laff track. ABC Family, meanwhile, has given a 10-episode order to a comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence.

Alphabet on Friday greenlit a single-camera laffer pilot from ABC Studios about a guy who embarks on a journey to become a better person and drags his family along, kicking and screaming. “How to Be a Better American” hails from “Scrubs” scribes Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who penned the pilot and will exec produce.

ABC’s other project is a multicamera vehicle from Warner Bros. TV and 3 Arts Entertainment. Dana Gould stars as a father and high school guidance counselor who is caught between his own father’s old-school beliefs and his wife’s progressive attitude toward parenting. Gould wrote the script and will exec produce with 3 Arts’ Tom Lassally and Dave Becky.

ABC Family series “Melissa and Joey” features Hart as a politician and daughter of a prominent political family who has to take in her niece and nephew after her sister lands in jail and her brother-in-law disappears amid a scandal. Lawrence plays the unlikely nanny hired to help Hart manager her new responsibilities.

Sitcom vets David Kendall and Bob Young wrote the pilot and are exec producers along with Hart, Lawrence and Paula Hart. “Melissa and Joey” is expected to bow later this year.

Last week, ABC family gave 10-episode orders to two new drama series, “Huge” and “Pretty Little Liars” (Daily Variety, Jan. 28).

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