ABC has bought FOUNDING FATHERS, a drama pilot from Di Bonaventura Pictures Television. The show focuses on Nick Keating, a soldier who returns home from a third tour in Afghanistan to find his small town under the control of a militia group led by his brother. Nick joins the group with a secret agenda that will endanger his life and make him question his allegiances. The pilot was written by Rich D’Ovidio, who will also executive produce with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott.
CBS is looking to bring back one of television’s most families with BRADY BUNCH, a reboot of the classic television family. Vince Vaughn will co-develop and executive produce the project, which is set up at CBS TV Studios as a multi-camera sitcom. Mike Mariano (“My Name Is Earl”, “Raising Hope”) is writing the pilot script, which will focus on a divorced father Bobby Brady who has remarried a woman with her own kids and who now shares a child with Bobby. Mariano and Lloyd Schwartz, son of original series creator Sherwood Schwartz, will executive produce the project with Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley.
Fox has bought single-camera comedy HARD UP from executive producer John Wells. Adapted from Israeli series “Asfur”, the sitcom will follow four poor twentysomethings who fight to keep their home in a gentrifying neighborhood. Etan Frankel (“Shameless”) will pen the adaptation for Fox and executive produce with Wells and Andrew Stearn, along with original series creators Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir. Mark Mylod will also act as executive producer for the pilot only.
BBC2 has renewed quirky British sitcom REV, which follows an unconventional vicar in an inner-city London parish, for a third season. Co-creator Tom Hollander portrays the eponymous reverend Adam Smallbone, with Olivia Colman portraying his long-suffering wife. A critical hit, the show won the 2011 BAFTA Award for Best Sitcom and is a consistent success for its U.S. distributor, Hulu. The third season will air in the U.K. sometime in 2014.
After already signing a blind script deal with Fox, Dan Harmon has now signed a similar agreement with CBS for a multi-camera comedy project. Harmon has found himself a highly prized commodity after being ousted from his critically-acclaimed NBC laffer “Community”. With both the Fox and CBS deals calling for multi-camera comedies, this could mean that Harmon, who had previously only developed single-camera comedies, may be trying to widen his appeal from the niche audiences that followed his past shows.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have inked a first-look deal with Uni TV and NBCUniversal’s International. The duo currently executive produce “Smash” for NBC/Universal TV and recently sold NBC on the idea of airing a live broadcast of “The Sound of Music”, similar to the popular live TV broadcasts of the 1950’s. The duo also executive produce “Drop Dead Diva” and the upcoming “Steel Magnolias” remake starring Queen Latifah, both for Lifetime.