EXCLUSIVE: Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael, star of ABC’s comedy pilot Pulling, are staying in the ABC family. The duo, who had been heavily pursued by multiple studios and production companies, have signed a premium blind script deal with ABC Studios for a new comedy series project to star Raphael, who has entered a talent hold with the studio. There is no talent deal in place for Wilson but I hear there is a possibility for her also to have onscreen presence on the potential series. “We are so excited that Casey and June chose us as their home,” ABC Studios’ head of comedy Amy Hartwick said. “They are incredibly talented superstars and we think that they are a perfect addition to the comedy roster that we have been building over the past couple of years.”
Saturday Night Live alumna Wilson and Raphael previously created and executive produced Walk Of Shame, a single-camera comedy which was in development at ABC during the 2011-12 season through Sony TV/Will Gluck. Wilson and Raphael, who met in a clown class at NYU, are long-time writing and stage partners and best friends. They have performed together at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, co-wrote the feature Bride Wars and wrote and starred in the film Ass Backwards which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Raphael is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney PJ Shapiro; Wilson is with UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and Shapiro.