ABC has passed on Kings Of Van Nuys, its comedy pilot starring John Leguizamo. This was the second pilot for the multi-camera project based on the British format Only Fools And Horses, which was originally developed and picked up the pilot 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 the new version. Virtually the entire team from the first pilot, including everyone from the cast and director Ted Wass, returned for the new pilot, which was formally greenlighted in late August. After screening the second pilot, ABC brass decided not to go forward with the project. The timing is fortunate for the cast as they will now be available for pilot season.
The ABC Studios-produced Kings Of Van Nuys chronicled 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 were Bridesmaids‘ Wendi McLendon-Covey and BJ Bales.