ABC has given a put pilot commitment for the single-camera comedy series CRAZY GENE, which follows a family that is “prone to felonies”. Based on the life of creator Andrea Abbate, the show centers on a woman who is trying to raise her jailed brother’s kids as well as her own adopted teenage son. 21 Laps/Adelstein will produce the show with Abbate, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy set to exec produce. Abbate was an executive producer on “Rude Awakening”, as well as a consulting producer for “The Tony Danza Show” and “Accidentally On Purpose”.
Cassie Pappas has sold comedy project 20’S VS 30’S to ABC. The show follows two sisters, separated by a decade in age, who move in together. Pappas will exec produce with Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry. Pappas is repped by APA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
ABC has bought the semi-autobiographical show SQUARE ROOTS from Vijal Patel, which centers on a young married couple who are continually tormented by the husband’s family of opinionated engineers who think they have a solution for everything. Patel will exec produce the show. He is repped by APA.
Fox has given a script commitment for a new single-camera comedy starring sisters Aly Michalka and AJ Michalka from Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV. The singers would play versions of themselves, living exciting lives until their mother crashes the party by moving in with them. Matt Dearborn (“Zeke and Luther”) and Adam Goldberg (“Breaking In”) will write the script as well as exec produce with Doug Robinson. The Michalkas hit it big as the singing duo 78Violet and also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Cow Belles”. Aly has since starred in the series “Phil of the Future” and “Hellcats”, as well as appeared in the movies “Bandslam” and “Easy A”. AJ has appeared in “The Lovely Bones” and “Super 8”, and just wrapped filming on the indie feature “Jesus In Cowboy Boots”. The sisters are both repped by CAA and Principato/Young Entertainment.
Original Film and Sony Pictures TV has sold PATIENTS REQUIRED, a single-camera comedy, to Fox. Written by Chris Cox, the show follows a young pediatrician who joins his mother’s practice despite their strained relationship. Cox is repped by CAA.
Hypnotic, run by Doug Liman and David Bartis, have sold the single-camera comedy MAKE IT WORK to Fox. Written on spec by Adam Stein, the show is about a man who finds out he has a 7-year-old daughter with his previous girlfriend – right after proposing to his current girlfriend. The show will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Stein is repped by CAA.
NBC has bought an ensemble comedy from long-time producer of “The Office” Justin Spitzer. The series revolves around a group of friends whose lives change while traveling to a wedding. The project will be produced by Universal Media, with whom Spitzer signed an overall deal with last year. Spitzer will write as well as exec produce with Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan. Spitzer started out as a writer for “The Office” in season three and is currently a co-executive producer for the show. He is repped by UTA.
NBC has bought a one-hour romantic comedy called CYRANO from Michael Oates Palmer, Prospect Park TV and Universal TV. Set in contemporary times, the story follows the brilliant but less than handsome Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant campaign strategist who returns to the world of politics to help the handsome but less than brilliant Mayor who he helped get elected. The arrangement works beautifully until both men fall for the same woman. Palmer will write the show and exec produce with Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry.
ABC Family has greenlighted two one-hour drama pilots for the upcoming season: THE FOSTERS and SOCIO. “Fosters” follows a family of biological kids and foster siblings being raised by two moms. Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige created the drama and will have Jennifer Lopez, Simon Fields and Greg Gugliotta as executive producers. “Socio” revolves around a sociopathic teenager who reconnects with his two best female friends and becomes a suspect when a fellow student is found murdered. Adam Milch will write the show and co-executive produce with series creator Gavin Polone.