'Once,' 'Parker,' 'Again' making TV rounds
Former “Seinfeld” scribe Jill Franklyn is developing a trio of comedy projects at various webs, including a half-hour ABC laffer with helmer-producer Gil Junger.
Alphabet laffer, tentatively dubbed “Once a Dog,” revolves around a 40ish bachelor whose “whole life has been about not getting married,” Franklyn said. A night of passion with the woman of his dreams leads to an unplanned pregnancy — and a relationship.
“He ends up having a baby with a woman he hardly knows,” Franklyn said, adding that much of the show is inspired by Junger’s own experiences. Junger (“Hope & Faith”) will exec produce with an eye toward directing a pilot, schedule permitting.
Franklyn, who snagged an Emmy nom for the classic “Yada Yada” episode of “Seinfeld,” has also teamed with thesp Scott Coffey to co-write “Ellie Parker,” a half-hour based on a short film from Coffey. Script explores the life of a female thesp struggling to make it in Los Angeles.
Showtime bought the “Ellie Parker” short after it was screened at Sundance. Cabler then decided to develop the short into a series and teamed Franklyn with Coffey to co-write an hourlong pilot script, which is now under consideration for a production pickup.
Jean Doumajian is attached to produce.
Meanwhile, NBC is also taking a trip down Franklyn Avenue, developing half-hour “Not Again!” with the scribe via NBC Studios and Tom Nunan’s Bullseye (Daily Variety, Oct. 14). Series follows two sisters and a brother who end up living together again following their respective divorces.
Franklyn said the plot of the script is “dangerously close” to her own experiences with her brother and sister.
In addition to her small-screen work, Franklyn is also laboring on a pair of spec features. Previous feature credits include “My First Mister,” starring Albert Brooks.
Franklyn’s repped by ICM and Industry Entertainment’s Brad Mendelsohn.