ABC added four more pilots to its slate, two comedies and two dramas. All hail from sister studio ABC Studios. The comedies include Chev & Bev, starring National Lampoon’s Vacation’s Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, and a half-hour loosely based on the life of boundary-pushing columnist Dan Savage, from DiBonaventura Pictures Television. The dramas are The Catch, from Shondaland and Broad Squad, from Fake Empire.
Two of the four pilots, Chev & Bev and Broad Squad, are produced by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. This marks three pilot orders for the producer this afternoon, including a Dana Klein comedy at Fox, and four broadcast pilots total so far this season.
The single-camera Chev & Bev stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren. Brad Copeland wrote the project, based on an original idea by Kaplan, which had a big penalty attached. The two executive produce.
Written by David Windsor & Casey Johnson, the single-camera untitled Dan Savage project is about a picture perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. Savage, Brian Pines of Hypomania Content and Dan McDermott of DiBonaventura Pictures TV executive produce.
Period female cop procedural Broad Squad, which had a put pilot commitment, is set in 1978. It is a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers. Dubbed “The Broad Squad” by the local press, they arrived at a tumultuous time in Boston’s history, marked by corruption within the police force and a heightened organized crime presence in the city. Navigating rival neighborhoods as well as the conflicting attitudes toward them from everyone, they find themselves tested both on and off duty. Bess Wohl, actress-writer and graduate of Boston-based Harvard University, wrote the script and serves as co-executive producer. Kaplan executive produces alongside Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein. Alexandra Lydon, who brought the idea to Kaplan, serves as a producer.
Written/executive produced by Jennifer Schuur (Hannibal) based on an idea by novelist Kate Atkinson, The Catch (formerly The Long Game), is a thriller about a woman about to get married and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine — who investigates fraud for a living — is not all she claims to be. And when the fiancé’s expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers executive produce; Julie Anne Robinson attached to executive produce and direct. Helen Gregory and Atkinson co-executive produce.
Shondaland ruled Thursday night this past fall with three series on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and newcomer How To Get Away with Murder.