ABC Orders Elizabeth Banks’ Female Buddy Cop Pilot ‘The Trustee’

Hour-long comedy comes from “The Smurfs” co-writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn

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ABC has ordered a female buddy cop comedy pilot from executive producer Elizabeth Banks, the network announced on Thursday.

The pilot centers on a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Though these two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.

The hourlong comedic pilot is written and executive produced by the co-writers of “The Smurfs” movies, Jay Scherick and David Ronn. Banks will serve as EP along with her husband and producing partner Max Handelman through their Brownstone Productions banner.

The order comes the day after ABC gave pilot orders to the comedies “Start Up” from star/director/executive producer Zach Braff and and untitled project about a rapper-turned-mayor from “Hamilton’s” Daveed Diggs.

The network also has two other comedy pilots in the works: “Libby & Malcolm,” from Vijay Patel and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, and “Raised by Wolves,” from “One Mississippi” and “United States of Tara” creator Diablo Cody.

On the drama side, the network has the time-travel refugee drama “The Crossing,” the magician crime drama “Deception,” an untitled Shondaland legal drama and a Reba McEntire-led dramedy from “Desperate Housewives” and “Devious Maids” creator Marc Cherry.