The pair have already set up two single-camera comedy projects at ABC.
Huyck and Gregory have been working largely in the Judd Apatow camp for the past few years, serving as consultants on “Bridesmaids” and “Wanderlust.” At present they’re penning the screenplay for “Do Gooders,” which Apatow is producing for Universal. The duo made their feature directorial debut last year on indie laffer “A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy,” which they also wrote.
The two go back with Apatow to the days of “The Larry Sanders Show” on which they were writers. They also worked on “Frasier” and “King the Hill” before shifting their focus into features.
“TV hasn’t always loved us but we’ve always loved TV,” Gregory quipped of their decision to re-engage with small-screen projects.
In all seriousness, the timing seemed right for them to field new series ideas, and they’ve known a number of the creative execs at ABC for some time.
“It seems like TV has a very positive energy going on right now while the movie business is tensing up,” Gregory said. “We just got the sense that TV is a good place to be creatively.”
Both of the ABC laffers they’re co-writing and exec producing are “very personal” projects, Huyck said. Rom-com “Marriage Material,” revolving around two successful thirtysomethings who are set up by their families, takes a few cues from Huyck’s life. “Pioneer Town,” about a stressed-out family from Gotham who moves to a Western-themed town in Southern California, draws from Gregory’s domestic situation. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin banner is onboard as a producer of “Marriage Material.”
If either project goes the distance, Huyck and Gregory are looking forward to the opportunity to be showrunners on their own creation, having learned the ropes from TV maestros like Apatow and “King of the Hill’s” Greg Daniels. “In its ideal form, working on a well-run TV show is just about the best job there is,” Huyck said.
Huyck and Gregory have been writing partners since they were students together at Stanford U. They got their professional start as scribes for Spy magazine in 1995 and soon after segued to TV on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Pair’s repped by WME and Mosaic.