The Disney-backed broadcast network has placed formal pilot orders for three comedies, including a reboot of The Wonder Years featuring a black family from the amp co-producer.
While the original series starred Fred Savage and revolved around a white middle-class family in the suburbs of the 1960s, ABC’s new focus has been on how a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, grew up in the turbulent 60s. How it ensured at the age of “wonder that year” for them as well.
Of comedy veteran Saladin. Patterson (The Big Bang Theory, Frazier, The Bernie Mac Show) will pen the script and produce with Danielle and his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner president Mark Velez.
Neil Marlen, co-creator of the original series, is engaged as a consultant.
Savage, who dropped out with The Wonder Years and has a long career in Hollywood, will also produce and direct the pilot. The potential series is produced through Disney-owned 20th Century Fox Television, where both Daniels and Savage are under overall deals.
Sources say, Daniels, Velez, Patterson, and Savage brought the idea directly to former ABC Entertainment president Kerry Burke, who previously sang The Wonder Years as a program that led her to work in television inspired. Savage and Patterson are close friends, with the former directing the untied Leslie Odom Jr. multi maker pilot last year.
In other comedy pilot pickups, ABC has also ordered Maggie based on the short film by Tim Curio. Maggie Mull and Justin Adler (Life in Peace) will co-write the script and work closely with Evan Hayes. The 20th-television single-camera comedy revolves around a young woman who mentally tries to cope with life by coming to terms with her abilities. She can see everyone’s future, but her presence is a mess.
Additionally, ABC has taken an untitled multimedia comedy from writer Regina Hicks and performed producers Viola Davis and Lariel Wilmore. The project revolves around three sorority sisters who lose touch after college, who reunite during a pivotal point in their lives. They find that it is okay to crack sometimes, and when you do, no one will be there for you like your friends.
The comedy meets ABC Signature, where Davis and her husband and Juvi producing partner Julius Tenon have previously held their overall deal. The project has been working at ABC since 2017 when Wilmore and Juvi each had overall deals with the studio.
Wonder Years, Maggie, and the Untold Hicks comedy are the first pilot orders for ABC of the year. The network has two holds from last year’s Unproduced Crop, Adopted and Work Wife, and previously went straight for a half-hour series starring Elite Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer from Modern Family boss Chris Lloyd.
The pilot orders are one of the first decisions made by Craig Erwich, the head of the origin at Hulu who added ABC to his realm after overseeing Burke Studio 20th TV.