ABC had ordered a new family comedy from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris direct to series, but Alec Baldwin, who had been set to star on the show, has exited the project, leaving its future in jeopardy.
Described as a classic dysfunctional family comedy series, the story follows a stuck-in-his-ways, opinionated, fading TV star who moves in with his progressive daughter, her girlfriend and the child they are raising together. The untitled project will revert back to the pilot stage as they search for a new lead.
Baldwin remains on board as an executive producer, along with Barris, who will also serve as showrunner alongside Julie Bean.
The other roles on the straight-to-series version of the project had Whitney Cummings and Regina Hall attached, though it’s unclear if that will still be the case going forward.
As a pilot, the project will compete for a slot on ABC’s 2018-19 schedule against a remake of Greatest American Hero,, Diablo Cody’s Most Likely To, family sitcoms Steps, Single Parents and Three Rivers, as well as two untitled projects from Bobby Bowman and Tim Doyle.
Linda Ge | TV Editor