ABC Family has greenlighted three new comedy pilots: Mystery Girls starring Tori Spelling, Work Mom and Young & Hungry, exec produced by Ashley Tisdale. The network has been looking to expand its current comedy portfolio, which includes Baby Daddy, renewed for a third season, and Melissa And Joey, picked up for a fourth.
Mystery Girls follows a former starlet (Tori Spelling) who is roped into solving crimes with her former mystery TV show costar when a witness to a crime will only speak to the infamous Mystery Girls. Beverly Hills, 90210 alumna-turned-reality star Spelling and Maggie Malina (Single Ladies) serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Shepard Boucher based on a story by him and Spelling, who previously toplined another comedy series co-created by her, So NoTORIous on VH1.
Work Mom is a workplace comedy following Heather, who finally gets promoted at her digital marketing firm, and winds up hiring her recently unemployed mother. Her vivacious mother, Eden, mixes up the office in a way no one could have predicted. The pilot was written by Grant Levy and Dominik Rothbard (Bunheads).
Two worlds collide in Young & Hungry when Nick, a well-off young tech entrepreneur, hires Gabi, a feisty young food blogger, to be his personal chef. Executive producers are Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum (Two And A Half Men), Ashley Tisdale and Jessica Rhoades for CBS Television Studios where the Tannenbaum Co. is based. The pilot was written by David Holden (Accidentally On Purpose). “These pilots offer a great mix of humor and iconic characters,” said ABC Family EVP Kate Juergens. ABC Family is coming off a strong summer with both of its new series, dramas The Fosters and Twisted, launching well and earning back orders.