Who says that female comedy writers aren’t funny? That old Hollywood stereotype was shattered this fall by the two big breakout new hits of the season — comedies New Girl, created by a woman, Liz Meriwether, and 2 Broke Girls, co-created by one, Whitley Cummings. What’s more, the other 3 new comedy series to receive full-season orders were also created by women, ABC’s Suburgatory (Emily Kapnek) and NBC’s Up All Night (Emily Spivey) and Whitney (Cummings). Now the duo of Jennifer Crittenden & Gaby Allan and Cassie Pappas are looking to follow in their footsteps with single-camera projects set up at ABC and Fox, respectively.
Crittenden and Allan’s Don’t Panic at ABC/ABC Studios is based on the book Girls In White Dresses by Jennifer Close. It revolves around a group of female friends navigate the ups and downs of post-college life in New York City, all while suffering through an endless cycle of weddings and bridal showers.
Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond alumna Crittenden and former Scrubs writer-producer Allan are the writers-executive producers. This is the second sale for the duo through their overall deal at ABC Studios. They are also writing/executive producing a comedy for ABC/ABC Studios about the members of a 1990s all-girl band who reunite after 20 years of bad blood.
Pappas’ Dreamhouse at Fox/20th Century Fox, is based on her life. It’s about a young woman who moves back home to try and keep her family together after her dad moves out of the house and into the backyard. Her two siblings move next door to an unfinished model home and she has to try and keep them all sane too, becoming a parent to her parents and her siblings. Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry of 3 Arts, which reps Pappas along with APA, are executive producing. Writer/playwright Pappas has worked on The L Word, Love Bites and most recently MTV’s Awkward.