The development deal expands Shlesinger’s relationship with ABC, as her short-form digital series “Forever 31” is heading into its second season on the network’s ABCd digital platform.
The Untitled Iliza Shlesinger Pilot is created and written by Shlesinger, though she would not star in the show.
The project follows a wife and mom, and her New York family, as they relocate to Dallas, Texas, after her husband suddenly divorces her and she’s left alone with their two children and a fledgling catering business, while also having to adjust to her newly single life in a town none of them fit in.
Unlike her digital ABC series “Forever 31,” which follows a group of single 30-somethings who struggle with adult life, Shlesinger created the network project for someone else to star in, as the comedian wanted to create a show focusing on a more mature central female character.
Shlesinger will serve as a producer on the project. No other producers have been announced at this point. Avalon Television will produce, along with ABC Studios.
Aside from starring on “Forever 31,” Shlesinger has more ties to ABC, as little sister net Freeform is developing a late-night show for the comedian. Shlesinger is staying busy these days — Netflix recently launched her third comedy special on the streaming giant, “Confirmed Kills,” and she’s gearing up for her first national theater tour, the “Iliza: The Confirmed Kills Tour;” plus her first book, “Girl Logic,” which hits shelves in spring 2017.
Shlesinger is repped by APA, manager Kara Baker at Avalon and attorney Leigh Brecheen at Bloom Hergott.