'Toast': ABC Orders Pilot for Shondaland
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The same day ABC picked up four drama pilots, the network ordered five more — one additional drama and four comedies, Variety has learned.

Included in the slew of pilots is Shondaland’s first comedy project from “Scandal” star Scott Foley, and another comedy from comedian Gabriel Iglesias.

Toast hails from writers Foley and Greg Grunberg, who will both exec produce along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. From ABC Studios, the hybrid comedy follows a couple’s road to marriage. Over the course of Max and Page’s wedding rehearsal dinner, their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the real story of their complicated, funny, and relatable road to marriage. The story is by by Foley and Grunberg, and the teleplay by Foley.

“Toast” marks the second pilot order from Shondaland this cycle, joining drama “Still Star-Crossed,” which is based on the book of the same name and is a sequel to the Romeo and Juliet tale.

“The Fluffy Shop” stars Iglesias who is also a writer and exec producer, marking his reunion with ABC since he starred on the short-lived “Cristela.” He plays a stepfather and boss to his family and friends, while he navigates his home life during the few days he spends off the road each week. The multi camera comedy also hails from ABC Studios with Iglesias co-writing with Tim Doyle and Jay Lavender who are also EPs, along with Joe Meloche, Becky Clements and Marty Adelstein.

“Hail Mary” is about a young small town mayor named Mary Wolf who has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her — so she fakes one. Based on the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation series “Braunschlag” created by David Schalko, the single-cam comedy is written by Brian Gallivan who will exec produce Tariq Jalil and Seth Gordon, who is directing. ABC Studios is co-producing with Sony.

The final comedy pilot ordered by ABC on Thursday hails from writers Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay, who will also serve as co-exec producers. Andrew Reich and Siobhan Bachman are exec producers on the ABC Studios single-cam laffer, which revolves around an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, who navigate their dysfunctional co-dependent friendship and the world of dating.

On the drama side, ABC picked up a pilot for “Notorious,” which is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker. The potential series, also co-produced by Sony and ABC Studios, explores the interplay of criminal law and the media. Josh Berman and Allie Hagan are writers with the latter serving as a co-exec producer. Berman will be an EP, along with Geragos and Walker, plus Kenny Meiselas and The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry.

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

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