Kristin Chenoweth has been set to star in musical comedy The Real Fairy Godmother, which is now in development as a put pilot at ABC.
Chenoweth will play a housewife who discovers she’s descended from a long line of fairy godmothers and is tasked, weekly, with helping those in need. In the process, she begins to discover how shallow and self-absorbed her previous life had been and begins to try to change it, starting with turning her family and friends into better people.
Once Upon a Time and Broadway songwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner are writing and executive producing the project, which also has Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on board as EPs.
Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith will serve as showrunners.
The comedy joins other sitcoms in development at ABC including Black Don’t Crack, from Viola Davis and Larry Wilmore; Valley Girls, a Silicon Valley comedy from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos; an illegal immigration comedy from David Feeney; Fertile, a workplace comedy from The Goldbergs EP Doug Robinson, as well as untitled sitcom from The Goldbergs trio of Dan Levy, Robinson and Marc Firek, based on Levy’s own life and standup routine.
On the drama side, ABC is developing The Heiresses, from Pretty Little Liars showrunner I. Marlene King and starring Shay Mitchell; musical drama Broken Record, with Meghan Trainor set to executive produce and contribute new music; Glass Houses, based on the life of Real Housewives star Kyle Richards; Spirited, a psychic drama starring Laverne Cox; Eligible, a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, also from King.
Linda Ge | TV Editor