EXCLUSIVE: ABC, the network behind the underrated 2001 Denis Leary-Peter Tolan cop comedy The Job, seems determined to get a police half-hour series on the air next season. In a late buy, the network has put in development a single-camera comedy starring comedian/writer Hannibal Buress. It joins three other cop comedy projects at the network. Co-written by Buress and Rob Sheridan, the untitled comedy is inspired by Buress’ standup and has him starring as a cop in a small town. Sheridan and Buress’ manager, 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, executive produce, with Buress co-executive producing for ABC Studios.
Besides the Buress/Sheridan project, ABC has Feel The Force, an ensemble cop comedy written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence, which has a put pilot commitment plus penalty; paranormal cop comedy Strange Calls based on the Australian series, which has a put pilot commitment, and Rookie, a cop comedy executive produced by Will Gluck which, like the Buress/Sheridan project, has a script commitment.
Sheridan, repped by WME and Canada’s Meridian Artists, has worked on such Canadian comedy series as Little Mosque On The Prairie and 18 To Life. In his first stab at U.S. development last season he sold two comedy projects, both to ABC. Last season, WME-repped Buress co-wrote with Jonah Hill a comedy project for Fox, which also had him attached to star. Buress’ writing credits include Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. His standup has been featured on several Comedy Central programs and latenight talk shows, including The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.