ABC has greenlit the comedy pilot “The More Things Change,” a buddy comedy from “Things We Lost in the Fire” scribe Allan Loeb and “Old School” helmer Todd Phillips.
Project, from Regency TV, revolves around four male pals whose friendship endures several life-altering changes.
Loeb and Phillips first kicked around the idea as they were working on the Warner Bros. feature project “Men.” Loeb eventually wrote the script on spec, then showed it to Phillips, who quickly jumped aboard.
“Working on the Warner Bros. project, we were together a lot, and got a good energy going,” Loeb said. “I was telling Todd about TV, and we kept saying we should do something together.
“We were both interested in male relationships, and ‘guy’s guys.’ I have a large group of male friends, and came up with the idea. I told Todd, and he was interested,” Loeb said.
Single-camera comedy follows the tale of thirtysomething guys at different life stages: One just got married and is adjusting to his newfound commitment; another is a successful Alpha male; a third suffers through a disastrous dating life; the last one undergoes an “identity crisis” in the pilot, Loeb said.
“The tone is very real, it’s not over the top,’ he added. “It’s got the Judd Apatow tone — funny, but with real heart.”
ABC, NBC and Fox all pursued the project, with the comedy ultimately landing at the Alphabet.
Loeb is set to exec produce, along with his Scarlet Fire partner Steven Pearl. Phillips will also exec produce through his Green Hat Films shingle.
Casting is under way now for “The More Things Change,” which is set to start shooting by the end of the year.
Loeb and Scarlet Fire’s other recent TV credits include Fox’s upcoming “New Amsterdam,” as well as the A&E pilot “The Beast.”
“The More Things Change” reps Phillips’ first TV project; besides “Old School,” he also wrote and directed “Road Trip” and “Starsky & Hutch.”
Meanwhile, in other TV news Monday, CBS ordered an additional four scripts of “Moonlight.” Friday night drama comes from Warner Bros. TV.