Michael Eisner may be returning to ABC — sorta.
The former Disney chairman is shopping a comedy series to broadcasters including the Alphabet along with “Desperate Housewives” executive producer Jeff Greenstein.
Script is said to be inspired by real-life chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, whose culinary empire ranges from the Santa Monica restaurant Border Grill to Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales.” The pair were featured in a chapter of Eisner’s 2010 book “Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed.”
While Eisner hasn’t been active at ABC since he worked at the network in various programming capacities during the 1960s and ’70s, his company, Tornante, hasn’t been entirely out of the TV business either. He landed animated series “Glenn Martin DDS” for a multiseason run at Nickelodeon beginning in 2009 and attempted to get a live-action project called “Circling the Drain” into primetime last development season but didn’t succeed.
Sources close to Eisner said he’s not preparing for a big push into broadcast TV, just continuing to pursue select opportunities ranging from film to the Internet.