ABC has given a formal green light to a new pilot for Kings Of Van Nuys starring John Leguizamo. ABC first ordered a pilot for the multi-camera project, based on the British format Only Fools And Horses, last season. It missed the cut but ABC chief Paul Lee, a big fan of the original series, liked it enough to order a retooling. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who wrote the original pilot, penned a new version. A month ago at TCA, stressing the ABC’s ongoing commitment to the multi-camera comedy genre, Lee noted that Kings Of Van Nuys was being re-piloted. Back then, the new script was still being written and deals with the actors were being made.
The network is now going ahead with shooting a new pilot after securing virtually the entire team from the original pilot, including the entire cast and director Ted Wass. The ABC Studios-produced Kings Of Van Nuys chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney (Dustin Ybarra), and their aging grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. Co-starring in the pilot, now in pre-production to tape Oct. 2, are Bridesmaids‘ Wendi McLendon-Covey and BJ Bales.