Network picks up pilots for four comedies and one drama
ABC has ordered pilots for one drama and four new comedies, including a Shondaland comedy written by “Scandal” star Scott Foley.
“Toast,” written by Foley from a story developed with Greg Grunberg, takes place during a couple’s wedding rehearsal dinner where their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the real story of their complicated, funny and relatable road to marriage.
“Hail Mary,” from Sony and ABC Studios follows a young small town mayor named Mary Wolf has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town, and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her. So, she fakes one.
The pilot is written by Brian Gallivan and directed by Seth Gordon. They will serve as executive producers alongside Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil.
An untitled project from Hannah Mackay and “The Mindy Project’s” Ed Weeks is a single camera comedy about an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, navigate their dysfunctional, co-dependent friendship and the world of dating.
Weeks and Mackay will serve as co-executive producers. Andrew Reich and Kindle Entertainment’s Siobhan Bachman will executive produce.
Gabriel Iglesias stars in ABC Studios’ multi-cam comedy “The Fluffy Shop” about a stepfather and boss to his family and friends, while he navigates his home life during the few days he spends off the road each week.
Iglesias will executive produce with Tim Doyle and Jay Lavender. Joe Meloche, Becky Clements and Marty Adelstein will also serve as EPs.
The drama pilot ordered by the network is Sony and ABC Studios’ “Notorious.” Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.