ABC has closed a deal for a multi-camera comedy project to star actress-rapper Eve, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. The project, which is eyed for the 2014-15 development season, is looking for a writer. I hear Kaplan approached Eve (full name Eve Jeffers) with the idea for a multi-camera interracial romantic comedy. The two pitched it to ABC, which bought the project with penalty. Eve and Kaplan (ABC’s The Neighbors) executive produce. ICM Partners-repped Eve previously toplined her eponymous sitcom on UPN and starred in the Barbershop movie franchise.
This is the second high-profile talent-driven comedy project that Kaplan has set up at ABC for next development season, along with a single-camera comedy starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as a couple forced to raise their grandchildren. Kaplan also has ABC drama Secrets & Lies, which has a 10-episode commitment and is casting. He just received a pilot order from NBC for drama Mysteries Of Laura. At ABC, the Eve project joins an interracial comedy the network has in development this season with Whoopi Goldberg and Ben Silverman producing.