ABC Studios, ESPN Radio team on laffer
ABC Studios has teamed with ESPN Radio host Mike Greenberg to develop a laffer based on his book “Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot.”Project comes to the studio via the Humanitas org’s New Voices program aimed at nurturing projects from promising scribes. Greenberg will pen the pilot under the supervision of a Humanitas trustee. Lowell Mate and Mayhem Pictures will produce with ABC Studios. The single-camera laffer will revolve around a sportscaster who juggles his relationship with his slovenly radio show co-host and his marriage to a sports-hating spouse. Greenberg has co-hosted ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” sports yakker since 1999, and he also served a stint as co-host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” ABC Entertainment Group exec veep Barry Jossen said the Greenberg project was in keeping with the studio’s efforts “to find emerging talent who have unique creative voices and inspired ideas for new series.” Jossen credited the New Voices program for scouting out new writers and projects with “many of the same creative attributes we believe are essential for both a successful series and emotional connection for the audience.” Launched last fall, New Voices secured commitments from seven major TV shops to develop 14 scripts by emerging writers (Daily Variety, Nov. 16).