J.Lo pacts with ABC on dramatic comedy show
The networks continue to make room for J.Lo, who’s behind a new dramatic comedy set up at ABC.Jennifer Lopez, who officially landed the plum job as judge on “American Idol” last week, and producing partner Simon Fields have teamed with “Friends” alum Alexa Junge to develop the hourlong. Alphabet has given a script plus penalty order to the project. Untitled show (known in some circles as “Nannyland”) centers on three branches of an extended Los Angeles family — as told through the eyes of their three Latina nannies. (Call it “Modern Family” meets Lopez’s “Maid in Manhattan.”) Junge will serve as creator and showrunner and will exec produce with Lopez and her Nuyorican Prods. partner Simon Fields. Ann Blanchard is also an exec producer. Sony Pictures TV is behind the show. Untitled show pre-dates Lopez’s recent deal with Fox, which included both a feature film and TV component. Collaboration is the second for Lopez, Fields and Junge. The trio worked on “Ayuda,” also about L.A. nannies, at Showtime several years ago, but that project didn’t move forward. Nuyorican has spent time in recent years focusing on TV development, having previously developed a smallscreen version of “Maid in Manhattan”at the Alphabet net. Nuyorican’s TV credits also include the UPN drama “South Beach,” the Univision mini “Como ama una mujer” and the MTV dance show “Dancelife.” Lopez got her start in TV via the shows “In Living Color” and “Second Chances.” Nuyorican was also behind the films “Shall We Dance,” “Bordertown” and “Feel the Noise.” As for Junge, scribe is also developing the pilot “Jesus, Mary and Joe” at Showtime with Chris Santos and Michael Sucsy; she’s also rewriting the feature “Au Pairs” for Warner Bros., through Flower Films and Alloy Entertainment. R.J. Cutler is directing. Besides “Friends,” Junge’s resume includes “United States of Tara” and “Big Love.”
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