EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development a U.S. version of the praised British comedy Suburban Shootout. Byron Balasco will write the hourlong adaptation of the half-hour original, a dark comedy about a woman who escapes the city and her father’s mob ties for suburban bliss only to discover she (with the help of her new neighbors) has to resort to using the skills she learned from her family to achieve the life she so desires. ABC Studios is producing with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke’s Feelgood Fiction, the company behind the British series that controls the format rights. Balasco, Kaplan, Bowen and Clarke are executive producing.
This is the second stab at launching a U.S. version of Suburban Shootout. In 2008, HBO ordered a pilot written by Michelle Ashford, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Judy Greer. ABC seems like a good place for the remake given that the original has been referred to as “the British Desperate Housewives,” and ABC, the network that airs Housewives, needs a successor for the suburban dramedy, which is now in its final season. Created by Bowen, Roger Beckett and Gary James Martin, Suburban Shootout premiered in 2006 and ran for two seasons on Five and Paramount Comedy in the UK and on Oxygen in the U.S. ICM reps Balasco, who most recently was co-executive producer on ABC/ABC Studios’ Detroit 1-8-7, and Feelgood Fiction.