'Book of Mormon' thesp to pen comedy; ABC in for 'Murder Season'

NBC and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Prods. have struck a comedy development pact with hyphenate Josh Gad.

Gad, a recent Tony nominee for his performance in Broadway smash “The Book of Mormon,” is writing a high-concept comedy about a family on the road for Universal Television.

Sanchez’s Adam McKay and Owen Burke will serve as executive producers. Gary Sanchez Prods. cut an overall deal with Universal Television in July.

Earlier this month, Gad joined the ensemble cast of Stuart Blumberg’s sex addiction pic “Thanks for Sharing” along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins.

In other development news, ABC has ordered a drama script from ABC Studios from the producers of “Castle.”

Laurie Zaks and Moira Kirland sold “Murder Season,” a drama that focuses on Mia Donnelly, a gifted but troubled FBI profiler who struggles to hide a dark secret from her past. Zaks is an exec producer on “Castle,” where Kirland serves as a co-exec producer and writer.

Gad is repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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