The Mark Gordon Company has sold half-hour family comedy Plus One to ABC. Additionally, ABC has put back in development the Mark Gordon Co.-produced cop drama True Blue. Both projects hail from ABC Studios, where the company is under an overall deal.
Plus One is loosely based on author and journalist Christopher Noxon’s debut comedic novel, slated for release in January. Noxon will write the adaptation, a comedy about female breadwinners, male householders and the dynamics of a nontraditional Bay Area family. Gordon and Andrea Shay executive produce.
The novel is set in Los Angeles and centers on Alex, a mid-level marketing executive who quits his job to focus on the family when his wife’s TV pilot becomes a huge Emmy-winning hit. He falls in with a posse of plus-ones, men who are married to women whose recognition, income and fame far eclipse their own. The book follows Alex as he struggles to regain his mojo while remaining a loving and responsible husband and father. Plus One has earned the endorsement of one of TV’s top showrunners, Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, who called the novel “well observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny.”
Drama True Blue, originally developed last season, also is set in the Bay Area. It follows two female homicide detectives in San Francisco who find themselves reluctantly partnered after a falling out years earlier. The explosive secret behind their conflict will unfold over the course of the first season. Now that they’re forced back together, these former best friends will have as much work to do repairing their relationship as they do solving their cases. The project’s original writers, Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, are back to write as well as executive produce with Gordon and Nick Pepper.
The Mark Gordon Co.’s slate this development season also includes legal drama Pariahs, detective drama Las Reinas and an untitled Quantico project.