In its maiden development season, Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Television has sold two single-camera comedies to ABC, Please Knock, written by Kevin Napier, and The Notorious Mollie Flowers, written by Adam Resnick (The Larry Sanders Show). Both are being produced by ABC Studios. Red Hour TV was launched at the end of last year when Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Films signed an overall deal with ABC Studios and brought in veteran film and TV executive Debbie Liebling to run the new TV division. Stiller, Cornfeld and Liebling executive produce both ABC comedies, which have received script commitments.
Loosely based on Stiller’s life, Please Knock centers on Mitch Fuller, an A-list actor who realizes he’s losing touch with reality and his family, and moves back to the same building he grew up in in New York, where his parents still live. Napier is writing-executive producing. Please Knock reunites Knapier with Red Hour. In 2009, he wrote the company’s off-beat comedy pilot at Fox The Station, which Stiller directed and executive produced.
The Notorious Mollie Flowers is set in Cape May, New Jersey. When the town’s sweetest, cutest, most selfless do-gooder is falsely accused of a crime, her reputation in town is suddenly tarnished. After being exonerated, she decides it’s time to start focusing on her own needs for once, much to the dismay of everyone around her. Resnick is writing-executive producing.