ABC Developing Comedy Dealing With Mental Illness From ‘My Name Is Earl’ Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

Bobby Bowman
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ABC is developing a comedy series with Bobby Bowman based on Bowman’s childhood, Variety has learned exclusively.

The untitled single-camera series looks at the unexpected benefits of growing up in a family with a dad who has mental illness, as Bowman’s father did. Bowman will serve as writer and executive producer. Dawn Ostroff and Jon Koa of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) will also executive produce, along with Greg Walter of 3 Arts Entertainment. ABC Studios will produce.

Bowman has frequently collaborated with Greg Garcia, having worked as a writer and/or producer on Garcia’s shows “Raising Hope,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Yes, Dear,” and “The Millers.” His other credits include “Family Guy,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Flaked.”

Bowman is repped by ICM Partners.

The project also marks one of CNE’s first forays into scripted programming. The company has previously produced a number of unscripted and digital properties, including “Last Chance U” on Netflix, “Vanity Fair Confidential” on Investigation Discovery, and “The Fashion Fund” on Amazon.

Earlier this week, ABC also ordered a comedy series from executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Will Reiser about a liberal man who moves to his girlfriend’s small hometown and butts heads with her conservative father. The network also gave a put pilot order to a potential series starring Kristin Chenoweth as a self-absorbed “real housewife” who discovers she is actually a fairy godmother.