EXCLUSIVE: TV writer/playwright Cassie Pappas (MTV’s Awkward) and Vijal Patel (ABC’s The Middle) have sold single-camera comedy projects to ABC that draw on their real-life family experiences. Both shows are produced by ABC Studios.
Pappas’ 20’s Vs 30’s centers on two sisters a decade apart in age who move in together. Inspired by Pappas’ relationship with her sister, the project revolves around the sisters, their group of friends and the decade between them. 20s Vs. 30s, which stems from a blind script deal Pappas had at ABC Studios, is co-produced by 3 Arts, with Pappas, Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry executive producing. Papas, repped by APA and 3 Arts, is developing cable project The Spread with Nick Wechsler.
Patel’s semi-autobiographical Square Roots centers on a young married couple perpetually tormented by the husband’s opinionated family of engineers who think they have a “solution” for every problem in life. Patel, who signed an overall deal with ABC Studios in May, exec produces. Under his deal, Patel, repped by APA and attorney Bruce Gellman, serves as co-executive producer of the new ABC/ABC Studios comedy series Family Tools.