The CW has bought Legal Aid, a dramedy from writer Jonathan Abrams (NBC’s Zip). Tyler Mitchell, Jason Smilovic, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Robert Luketic will executive produce. The Ugly Truth and Legally Blonde helmer Luketic is also attached to direct the pilot. Legal Aid centers on a young first-year law associate whose world is turned upside-down when her estranged father, an iconic 1990s TV star, joins her firm. The CAA-repped project reteams Mitchell and Smilovic with Timberman and Beverly. The four produced together the Smilovic-created NBC drama Kidnapped. Abrams, managed by Underground, has feature The Wedding Doctor in development at Relativity.
Feature writer Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor) has sold a half-hour comedy to ABC through 20th Century Fox TV. Based on Sztykiel’s own experiences in a long-distance relationship, the show follows a group of 24-year-old guys who move to a new city, one of them choosing to stay in relationship even though his girlfriend is now 2,000 miles away. In addition to writing, UTA-repped Sztykiel is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone of Kaplan-Perrone.