Peter Tolan has closed a deal to write Sean Hayes’ comedy project for NBC. Tolan will co-pen the script with his producing partner Michael Wimer. As a result, Sony Pictures TV, where Tolan is based with an overall deal, has come on board as a co-producer alongside Universal Media Studios. The comedy will star Hayes as the half of a gay couple who are raising a teen daughter. This is the latest series that features gay parents or their kids as central characters, following early efforts such as the ABC comedy It’s All Relative and current hits Modern Family and Glee, where the lead character, Rachel, is the daughter of a gay couple. This is the second broadcast project for Tolan this development season. He also has a drama with writer Josh Berman at ABC about a female FBI profiler.
Angel and Dollhouse alums Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain have sold drama project Beautiful Girls to Fox. The project, from Warner Bros TV, is described as a young, salacious soap dealing with sexual politics and intrigue set against the backdrop of the beauty industry at a cosmetics company. Last season, Craft and Fain supervised the development of the CW/WBTV drama pilot The Secret Circle but left the pilot after Kevin Williamson came on board to focus on development under their overall deal at WBTV. Craft and Fain previously created ABC’s Women’s Murder Club.