Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
The new multi-camera comedy Better With You (formerly called Better Together) — about 3 couples of different ages at different stages of their relationships — will launch during the successful ABC Wednesday comedy block. At TCA, exec producers Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Greg Malins talked about how a traditional sitcom will compare to ABC’s single-camera hit Modern Family. “It’s a family show, and it’s a real believable story the way Modern Family is. I think funny is funny, and the audience will be able to relate to it,” said creator Goldberg-Meehan. Added Malins dryly: “We are using a laugh track in front of a live audience. I’ve heard that the other shows are thinking about switching to our format.” After the session, Malins was still joking: “I will go on record as saying that in two years, we will have the first multi-camera shot-in-front-of-an-audience, laugh-track major motion picture.” But he ended on a more serious note: “It’s a straightforward sitcom which we love, and we hope works.”