EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures TV has set up two more projects at ABC — a comedy from Chris Sheridan, Seth Gordon and Amblin Television, and drama from screenwriter/playwright Jonathan Mark Feldman, Patrick Massett & John Zinman.
Former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner Sheridan has teamed with Breaking In co-creator Gordon for an untitled single-camera comedy written by Sheridan based on his life. It centers on 35-year-old Rob Campbell who, a year after his divorce decides to re-enter the dating world for the first time in ten years. On his search for happiness, Rob is forced to juggle dating, horrible advice from his friends, a Napoleonic boss and being a great father to his 6-year-old daughter. Sheridan is executive producing with Horrible Bosses director Gordon, who is attached to direct pending availability, and Amblin/DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. This is Sheridan’s second year developing for Sony TV. Last year, he wrote an U.S. version of the French-Canadian format Les Invincibles, which sold to Fox. Sony TV-based Gordon, repped by WME, also is attached to fellow Breaking In co-creator Adam F. Goldberg’s new 1980s comedy, which is set up at ABC with a production commitment. This is the latest sale for recently re-christened Amblin TV, which also has dramas America’s Son at Fox and Embrace at the CW and comedy Middle Age Rage at ABC.
Co-Created by Feldman (Swing Kids), Massett and Zinman (The Chicago Code) and written by Feldman, Birthright centers on Hal Chester, former dashing prince of the tabloids, and heir apparent to the true royal family of New York, who returns home a war hero, only to shock the nation, publicly renouncing his family and their ilk, and vowing to now fight against them for the common good and repair the damage that their centuries of insular wealth and power have wreaked upon America. But before he can begin, he is arrested for murdering his younger brother over the woman they both love. Massett and Zinman are with CAA, Industry Entertainment and Adam Kaller.