EXCLUSIVE: ABC has bought Pulling, a single-camera comedy based on the praised 2006 British series. Bad Teachers scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will write the adaptation, produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment, which has received a script commitment with penalty. Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, creators of the original series, will executive produce with Eisenberg and Stupnitsky. Pulling revolves around three single thirtysomething women, one of them played in the original by Horgan, who live together after one breaks off her engagement the day before her wedding.
ABC first took a stab at developing an U.S. version of Pulling during the 2008-09 season with Rob Hanning as writer, Stacy Traub as showrunner and Francie Calfo as executive producer. Kaplan, then an agent at WMA, sold the format to ABC, which picked up the project to pilot but not to series. Horgan and Kelly served as exec producers on the first ABC incarnation, but their involvement was very peripheral as it was their first gig in the U.S. They’re much more involved this time. Irish actress-writer Horgan, repped by WME, UK’s United Agents, has been a constant presence at ABC Studios for the past couple of years. She had back-to-back deals at the studio, one of which resulted in a pilot order for comedy Bad Mom, which she created and co-starred in opposite Jenna Elfman.
For Eisenberg and Stupnitsky, who are juggling multiple projects, Pulling is in first position if it goes to series. The duo, repped by WME and Mosaic, co-wrote and executive produce with Stephen Merchant the HBO comedy pilot Hello Ladies, which stars Merchant, and executive produce the ABC/ABC Studios comedy pilot Trophy Wife starring Malin Ackerman.