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This week in TV development

This week in TV development, we’re taking you around the dial and down the streaming services to get you all caught up. In alphabetical order by network…

First off, ABC decided not to order its planned spinoff for The Middle, called Sue Sue in the City, which would star Sue Heck. The single-cam pilot, previously ordered by ABC this summer, would co-star Chris Diamantopoulos, Brock Ciarlelli, Kimberley Crossman, Finesse Mitchell and Aaron Branch. It may still find a home somewhere, though, so stay tuned.


As pictured above, a single-cam is in the possible works starring, created and executive produced by “Liberal Redneck” Trae Crowder with his WellRed writing/performing partners Corey Forrester and Drew Morgan. Andrew Reich writing, with production from Ruben Fleischer. ABC had Crowder in its development season last year, too; FOX the year before. Third time’s the charm?

What If?, from Jack Cutmore-Scott, who starred in the network’s recent series, Deception. It’s a single-cam about how small decisions can have big impacts. Cutmore-Scott will write with Jay Lacopo supervising. They previously teamed up on FOX’s Cooper Barrett’s guide To Surviving Life.

An untitled comedy in development for Dusty Slay, with Chadd Gindin, Levity Live! and ABC Studios. Written by Gindin and inspired by Slay’s childhood growing up in an Alabama trailer park.

East WillyB, based on the indie web series created by Julia Ahumada Grob and Yamin Segal, from Korin Williams and Monique Nash’s Kronicle Media and ABC Studios. Written by Grob and Segal, East WillyB  revolves around dysfunctional Latino neighbors who populate the last hold-out dive bar in gentrified Brooklyn.


Amazon Studios has signed a first-look TV deal with Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne. Their Animal Pictures shingle will create original series for the streaming giant.

An untitled bilingual comedy pilot written and directed by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, starring Lorenza Izzo. Co-starring Georgie Flores, Giancarlo Vidrio, Ben O’Toole, Sarah Ramos and Patricia Bernal. Amazon Studios and Jax Media producing.


Dad Vs. Father, a multi-cam from Kurt Braunohler, with Cedric the Entertainer producing. Braunohler writing the sitcom about new parents who move in with the husband’s deadbeat dad, his much younger wife, and their two teen daughters.

Townies, a multi-cam from Jared Stern, written by Katie Greenaway, about friends in their twenties happily living large in their small Wisconsin hometown.

The CW

Nobody’s Princess, a musical comedy from Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, songwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, Fulwell 73 and CBS TV Studios. The series would update fairy tale princesses for modern society. Fulwell 73 partners James Corden, Jeff Grosvenor, Ben Winston and Leo Pearlman executive produce.

Glamorous, from writerJordon Nardino, about a gender non-conforming high school graduate who interns at the Manhattan cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube. Nardino executive produces with Damon Wayans Jr.; Tarlow co-executive produces.


Last Stop Bay Bridge, a multi-cam from Andy Roth, Doug Robinson and Sony Pictures TV about eight people of different ages and ethnicities who form friendships, and rivalries, as they commute by the subway from their gentrifying neighborhood in Brooklyn to their respective jobs in Manhattan.

Uncle Joey, starring Joey Diaz and written by Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin, has a script commitment with penalties. Inspired by Diaz’s life, it’d focus on a Cuban immigrant given a second chance at life when he moves his family to an upscale suburb. Glarum, Jamin and Diaz executive produce with 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg, Jonathan Berry and Josh Lieberman.

Significant Brother, written by Scott King and Moe Jelline, also has a script commitment with penalties. It would follow a newlywed couple as their marriage is tested, but ultimately strengthened, when the husband’s estranged gay brother moves in and becomes best friends with his wife. King and Jelline executive produce with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry as well as Peter Principato & Maggie Haskins of Artists First.

Buffalo Wings, an animated comedy from Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Rachel Ramras and Larry Dorf, last seen co-starring in Nobodies. Their animated project follows two Canadian birds who stay behind when the flock flies south, and they become refugees in Buffalo.

Hood River, a multi-cam Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television, written by Travis Bowe. About a guy and his mom who have more of a mother/daughter relationship in a small town where most people work in the town brewery.


David Spade has a deal with HBO for a project from Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman. Written by Cody, the untitled comedy centers on a semi-famous grunge musician hooked on heroin who’s now clean and sober and working as a waiter.


Man. Woman. Child., from Vanessa McCarthy, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills. Written by McCarthy, the show follows a single man in his 30s who has a baby via surrogacy.


Big Deal, a single-cam from Annapurna Television starring Vanessa Bayer, with Michael Showalter attached to direct. Bayer is co-creating co-writing with former SNL writer Jeremy Beiler, based on Bayer’s own childhood overcoming luekemia. In this show, however, she’d become on-air host of a home shopping network. Jessi Klein on board as an EP.

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