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ABC Gives Pilot Production Order to Legendary TV Comedy ‘Downward Dog’

Legendary TV has nabbed a pilot production order from ABC for comedy “Downward Dog.”

The single-camera half-hour project revolves around a woman and her dog. The concept originated as a web series created by Samm Hodges and Michael Killen for Animal Media Group. Hodges and Killen will exec produce the series for Legendary and ABC Studios, along with Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen and Animal Media’s Kathy Dziubek.

“Very rarely have I ever seen something so well-conceived, and then well-executed. Michael and Samm have imagined a perfect blend of comedy, observation, and heart. I couldn’t be more excited about this,” said Miller. Mosaic Media Group set a first-look development pact with Legendary TV late last year.

Animal Media Group is entertainment arm of Pittsburgh-based commercial production house Animal, Inc. The company has also produced feature films including “Blood Brother,” which took the Sundance Grand Jury Award in 2013, and “Gennadiy,” which premiered at this year’s Tribeca fest. “Downward Dog” marks the company’s first scripted TV series.

Legendary TV at present is lensing the Judd Apatow-produced Leslie Arfin comedy “Love” for Netflix, and it has the action-drama “Colony” set to bow Jan. 14 on USA Network.

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