ABC continues to expand its trademark family comedy brand with another high-profile project. The network has put in development Nuclear Family, from writers/executive producers Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory and executive producers Todd Holland and Karey Burke. The project, from Holland and Burke’s Dark Toy Entertainment and ABC Studios where the duo is under an overall deal, chronicles the misadventures of self-professed altruists Rick and Barbara Foley, who adopted eight children from all over the world, some with special needs. Having bit off way more than they can chew, their radically different parenting styles and narcissistic, self-serving behavior have created a hurricane of teenage dysfunction, at the center of which is their often-overlooked only biological child.
King of the Hill alums Huyck and Gregory returned to TV in 2012 with an overall deal at ABC Studios after several feature collaborations with Judd Apatow. Last season, they had two projects that went to pilot, The Pro starring Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle at NBC and An American Education, an adaptation of the British series, at ABC. They are repped by WME and Mosaic, Dark Toy is with WME and Jackoway Tyerman.
In addition to Nuclear Family, ABC has a parents comedy from Judah Miller and 20th TV with a put pilot commitment. ABC’s two strongest comedy series, Modern Family and The Middle, are about families with kids. The network is adding two more — Black-ish and Fresh Off The Boat — this coming season.