ABC is back in the development game with the Back In The Game duo of writer Gregg Mettler and executive producer Aaron Kaplan. The kapitalnetwork has bought a single-camera comedy project written/executive produced by Mettler and executive produced by Kaplan through his Kapital Entertainment. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.

mettler__120531133330Described as “Malcolm In the Middle meets The Middle,” the untitled project is an autobiographical family comedy based on Mettler’s childhood and how he survived life with his unconventional parents – a locally famous puppeteer and an aspiring blues musician. Pictured above are his mom’s puppets that served like surrogate siblings to him. UTA-repped Mettler previously worked on two other ABC single-camera comedy series, How To Live With Your Parents and Cougar Town.