ABC Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Creator

Henry Winkler could still be involved with the project, though a deal with the thesp has not been locked down

Phil Rosenthal ABC Pilot The Winklers
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ABC has ordered a pilot for “The Winklers,” a comedy from “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal.

Based on the lives of the Winkler family, the multi-cam centers on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love and life while living unexpectedly with his over-sharing in-laws. Project nabbed a pilot production commitment in October.

Max Winkler (son of Henry Winkler) is exec producing with brother-in-law Rob Reinis and Jack Johnson through The Walcott Company. Max Winkler has been entering the TV fray in recent seasons, directing for broadcast comedies including “New Girl” and “The New Normal.” Henry Winkler may still topline the comedy, but a deal with the star has yet to close. 20th Century Fox TV will produce the pilot.

Rosenthal is repped by CAA.