While New Line’s National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot has been put on hold, the stars of the hit feature comedy franchise Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are reuniting for a TV comedy project, which has received a large penalty by ABC that qualifies as a production commitment. They again will play a married couple, this time raising grandchildren. The single-camera comedy, which is looking for a writer and has not been set up at a studio yet, is eyed for the 2015-16 development season. Based on an original idea by Aaron Kaplan, who executive produces through his Kapital Entertainment, the untitled single-camera comedy would star Chase and D’Angelo as spouses in their 60s who are finally enjoying their golden years. They have raised their daughter, who is grown and now lives on the other side of the country with her two kids — and that’s the way these selfish grandparents like it; now they only need to see their grandkids a couple of times a year. But, due to circumstances beyond their control, they now are forced to raise their grandchildren.
Kaplan, a big fan of the Vacation franchise, approached D’Angelo with the idea. She came on board and reached out to Chase, who also signed on. The pitch was taken to ABC, which jumped on it immediately, starting a lengthy deal-making process. For Chase, this would mark a return to series television after his run on NBC’s Community was cut short last season. D’Angelo is with ICM Partners; Chase is with Paradigm and KLWGN. Kaplan has another high-profile project at ABC — the drama Secrets & Lies, which has a 10-episode commitment and is casting. He also executive produces ABC’s sophomore comedy series The Neighbors.