ABC is getting in the game, ordering a soccer-themed comedy pilot from “Will & Grace” alums Bill Wrubel and Kari Lizer, Variety has learned.
“Dream Team,” written and exec produced by Wrubel and Lizer, centers around Marty Schumacher who coached his last club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the national championships — and now, he has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds and their disparate parents.
The single-camera, half hour comedy landed a hefty pilot production commitment during the development cycle, making the hot project nearly a sure thing. Hailing from Lizer’s Logo Here shingle and Wrubel’s Here Comes Scrappy banner, “Dream Team” hails from Warner Bros. TV where both creators are under deals.
The project reunites Wrubel and Lizer, who were both writer/producers on “Will & Grace” with Wrubel rising the ranks on the NBC sitcom to exec producer and Lizer to co-exec producer. Wrubel is a familiar face to ABC, having worked on “Modern Family” and “Ugly Betty.” Lizer created Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s award-winning series “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” which ran for five seasons.
“Dream Team” joins a growing slate of comedies in contention at ABC for the 2016-17 season. Among the other pilot orders are family laffers “Chunk and Bean” from Ed Herro and Brian Donovan; “Square Roots” from scribe Vijal Patel; an untitled imaginary friend-themed sitcom; “Downward Dog,” starring “Fargo’s” Allison Tolman; cancer-themed comedy “Pearl;” and “Speechless,” which revolves around a family with a special-needs child.
The comedy marks the second sports-themed pilot this season, in addition to Fox’s female baseball drama “Pitch” from Dan Fogelman.
For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.