EXCLUSIVE: ABC has taken in an untitled hourlong comedy from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims & Sarah Watson. The project, from Universal TV and Katims’ studio-based True Jack Prods, is described as an edgy, twisted romantic comedy set in a Chicago law firm. It is centered on a woman struggling to get ahead at work, while dealing with real-world attitudes towards those who are and are not married. The project, penned by Watson with Katims supervising, was originally developed last season when the pitch was sold to Fox in a competitive situation with three networks — Fox, ABC and NBC — all interested. Fox ultimately went for a masculine pilot slate, veering away from female-driven shows. Meanwhile, ABC expressed interest in the script once it was released, leading to a deal. The project is now being redeveloped to better fit ABC’s sensibility. Watson, Katims and True Jack’s Michelle Lee executive produce.
UTA-repped Watson is a co-executive producer on Katims’ NBC dramedy Parenthood, on which she has been since day one, rising from producer. In addition to developing, executive producing and running Parenthood, CAA-repped Katims ran football drama Friday Night Lights, winning an Emmy for writing the series finale. He has a new series on NBC’s fall schedule, comedy About A Boy.