ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot ‘The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport’

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ABC has picked up a comedy pilot for “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport” from writer Sarah Dunn and exec producer Aaron KaplanVariety has learned.

With what may be the catchiest title of pilot season so far, the family sitcom is narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother who is raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with “perfect” wives and their “perfect” offspring.

Though the only details ABC provided are above, the main character has previously been described as “slightly larger,” and from the sounds of the logline, it appears the project could make a comical statement on vanity, materialism and the perception of “perfection.”

Dunn, who’s previous credits include “Bunheads,” “Manhattan Love Story” and “Spin City,” serves as an exec producer with Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. “Fattest Housewife” marks Dunn’s first self-written TV series.

For Kaplan, the comedy is a continuation in business with ABC, as he is exec producer on “Secrets and Lies,” which comes out with its second season this year, and Freeform’s summer series “Kevin From Work.” He also was an EP on ABC’s former family comedy “The Neighbors” and “Chasing Life,” which was canceled after two seasons on ABC Family (now Freeform).

With the pickup for “Fattest Housewife,” ABC had a huge day in pilot orders with 10 projects in total picked up (five comedies, five dramas). To see which comedy pilots ABC ordered, click here, and for the dramas, here.

For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.

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  1. just me says:

    Most native Westporters moved out years ago. What’s left are plastic New Yorkers

  2. Pam says:

    Live in Westport. Amused. Less than perfect outsiders trying to be invited to the perfects’ parties. Be sure to let me know where the ‘perfect’ people parties are. 22 yrs here and I just got a complex.

  3. I do believe the last vestiges of a long relationship with ABC have just come to an end… So disappointed that something with a name such as this would be considered regardless of the content. Is there not enough shaming going on in our world without adding to the incursions in the name of entertainment?

  4. An ABC viewer says says:

    Because the title “The First Fattest Housewife In Westport” was taken. Good grief.

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