‘Kevin From Work’ Gets Series Order as ABC Family Expands Comedy Slate

ABC Family has ordered workplace comedy “Kevin From Work” to series, set to premiere this summer. The pickup is a step in the cabler’s expansion into more original scripted comedy.

Kevin From Work” follows Kevin (played by Noah Reid, pictured with Paige Spara), a young man who professes his love to a co-worker Audrey (Spara) in a letter, before accepting another job overseas, thinking he’ll never see her again. When the new offer is rescinded, Kevin has to continue working with Audrey, despite her knowing his true feelings.

“Single camera represents the evolution of our comedy brand,“ Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development at ABC Family, commented Tuesday. “‘Kevin From Work’ is an endearingly awkward love story — this time from the guy’s point of view.”

The half-hour laffer comes from Barbie Adler (“How I Met Your Mother”), who penned the pilot and will serve as writer on the series. Adler will exec produce with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment (“Chasing Life,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Secrets & Lies”) and McG of Wonderland Sound & Vision (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.”). McG directed the pilot and will direct several episodes of the series.

The cast is rounded out by Matt Murray (“Rookie Blue”), Jordan Hinson (“Eureka”), Punam Patel (Second City, Chicago) and guest star Amy Sedaris.

“Kevin From Work” is one of two comedy pilots that were ordered earlier this year at ABC Family. The pilot for “Tough Cookie,” from “Awkward” creator Lauren Iungerich, went into production this January. The project has not yet been greenlit to series.

Also on the cable net’s comedy lineup, freshman series “Young & Hungry” returns for season two this spring, while “Baby Daddy” was renewed for season five.

“Kevin From Work” begins production in June.

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