ABC has greenlighted another comedy pilot, Other People’s Kids. The project, from ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, was written by Hunter Covington and centers on a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman who has 2 kids, an ex-husband, and ex-in-laws. Stacy Traub and Peter Traugott are executive producing.
New ABC programming chief Paul Lee has said that he believes in the multicamera sitcom form (He set out to prove it while at ABC Family with Melissa & Joey, which has done pretty well for the cable channel) and that he is mulling a return of ABC’s Friday TGIF sitcom block. He is certainly backing his words up with comedy pilot orders that have skewed heavily towards multicamera comedies so far with Other People’s Kids, Jack Burditt’s The Last Day of Man, Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen’s Work It and Smothered and Marisa Coughlan’s Lost and Found. And yet, ABC’s flagship comedy series that have already been renewed for next season – Modern Family, The Middle and Cougar Town – are all single-camera.