Leslie Odom Jr, Kerry Washington Team for Multi-Camera Put Pilot at ABC

Odom Jr. to star in sitcom about pastors at a “young, hip, diverse” church in Los Angeles

Leslie Odom Jr. and Kerry Washington have teamed up for a multi-camera sitcom which has been given a put pilot commitment at ABC.

Odom Jr. is expected to star in the untitled comedy, inspired by the lives of Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes-Roberts, co-pastors at The Potter’s House at One LA.

The project centers on Leslie (Odom Jr.) and Hope, joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles. Through their services, online streams and books, they are experts at uniting people across different races, genders, orientations and opinions. But when it comes to uniting the people in their blended family, they are way out of their comfort zone and as a result, the teachers often find themselves the pupils.

“The Last O.G.” alum Saladin Patterson will write and executive produce the pilot, alongside Odom Jr. and Washington and Pilar Savone of Simpson Street. Roberts and Jakes-Roberts will serve as co-executive producers on the project from ABC Studios.

“Kerry Washington is one of the most formidable artists of my generation,” said Odom Jr. “We’ve been searching for the better part of two years to find an idea about which we both felt passionate enough to dedicate ourselves. I’ve gone to Touré’s church for over fifteen years. He is a unique, contemporary, and very necessary voice. We are thrilled that ABC is allowing us the opportunity to bring Touré and Sarah’s modern views to an even wider audience in what will be a joyful and hopeful 30-minutes every week.”

Added Washington, “I am grateful to be working with such an all-star team of fearless and creative people. And, I am excited that we have gathered together to tell a story that is inspiring, relatable, provocative and hilarious.”