In the wake of its “No Ordinary Family” pickup on Wednesday, ABC is starting to inform producers of its series greenlights.
Thursday’s orders include the comedies “Mr. Sunshine,” “Happy Endings,” and “Better Together.” Also on the docket: Dramas “My Generation” (formerly “Generation Y”), “The Whole Truth” and “Detroit 187.” And still on the hot list, though not yet picked up: “Wright vs. Wrong.”
Matthew Perry stars in “Mr. Sunshine” as a sports arena manager in a mid-life crisis; Sony Pictures TV is behind the show. Perry, Alex Barnow, Mark Firek, Jamie Tarses and Tommy Schlamme (who directed) are exec producers.
Allison Janney — or as us “Lost” fans now know her, “Knotty Mommy Hair“ — also stars.
“Happy Endings,” which centers on a couple that breaks up at the altar (and how it rocks their friends’ worlds), was created by David Caspe. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.
Caspe, Jamie Tarses (yes, again!) and Jonathan Groff exec produce, along with Joe Russo and Anthony Russo (who both helmed). Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Damon Wayans Jr., Adam Pally and Casey Wilson star.
“Better Together,” the Shana Goldberg-Meehan project formerly known as “Couples,” centers on two couples in very different relationships.
James Burrows directed the pilot, which comes from EP Goldberg-Meehan. JoAnna Garcia, Jennifer Finnigan, Josh Cooke, Jake Lacy, Kurt Fuller and Debra Jo Rupp star.
Show is from Warner Bros. TV.
Also from Warner Bros., the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced legal drama “The Whole Truth” looks at both cases from the eyes of both the defense and prosecution.
Tom Donaghy wrote the project, which is exec produced by Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and (in the case of the pilot) Alex Graves, who directed. Rob Morrow, Joely Richardson and Eamonn Walker star.
“My Generation,” from scribe Noah Hawley, centers on ten years in the life of a group of former high school classmates.
Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Henrik Baston, Peter Magnasson and Martin Piersson exec produce. Craig Gillespie directed the pilot.
ABC Studios is behind “My Gen,” and also is the studio on “Detroit 1-8-7.” Both shows also employ a documentary-style technique.
“Detroit 1-8-7” centers on homicide cops in the Motor City. Michael Imperiori leads the cast.
Jason Richman wrote the pilot and exec produces with Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and David Zabel. Jeffrey Nachmanoff directed.