'My Boys' scribe, producer team on ABC comedy
Just weeks after TBS canceled their series “My Boys,” scribe Betsy Thomas and producer Jamie Tarses have re-teamed on a new comedy — this time at ABC.The untitled Betsy Thomas laffer is one of three comedies that Sony Pictures TV set up at ABC and NBC on Monday. The studio also landed a doctor’s office comedy from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison shingle at NBC, and the Peacock is also developing an ensemble sitcom from Sony and “Family Guy” alum Ricky Blitt. Thomas’ project has been given a script plus penalty order at the Alphabet. Workplace ensemble centers on life for a group of people at age 22, when they’re broke and struggling, and again at 32, when they’re successful. Tarses’ Sony-based Fanfare label is producing. Thomas was behind the ABC comedy “Then Came You,” which aired in 1999 under then-ABC Entertainment prexy Tarses. Thomas’ other credits include “Run of the House” and “My So-Called Life.” “Beverly Hills Pediatrics,” from Happy Madison, centers on the quirky characters and action at a doctor’s office. Jeff Bushell (“The Bernie Mac Show”) wrote the project and is co-exec producer, while Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson is exec producer. As for the untitled Blitt project, comedy (formerly titled “Still Not Married”) is told from a male point of view about being single at 40. Blitt, who was behind last season’s short-lived Alyssa Milano comedy “Romantically Challenged,” is the writer and exec producer. Blitt’s credits also include “The Winner.” The Blitt and Happy Madison projects also secured a script-plus-penalty order.