Up-and-coming comedy writer Allison Kiessling has lined up two development gigs.
TV Land has taken in for development Kiessling’s The Mighty Camilla. The half-hour project, which Kiessling originally wrote on spec, was set up at ABC last season through ABC Studios and Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Productions. When the script didn’t go to pilot, Kiessling’s reps took it to TV Land, which ordered a second script. ABC Studios’ cable division ABC Signature is producing, with Rosenberg and her producing partner Kate Schumaecker executive producing. Additionally, ABC Studios has ordered a blind script from Kiessling.
The Mighty Camilla centers on an unlucky-in-love New York social worker who gets recruited by a handsome man from the future as the unlikely savior of humanity.
Kiessling comes with writing pedigree — her grandfather, William C. Anderson, was a Hollywood screenwriter and novelist. He adapted his book BAT 21, which became the 1988 Vietnam action drama starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover.
Kiessling, who graduated from Harvard with an Master’s in education, serves as President of Harvardwood, a 5,000-member alumni association that pairs recent Harvard graduates with established Hollywood alumni, along with philanthropy, speaker series, and public outreach.
She is repped by Original Artists’ Matt Leipzig and Apostle’s George Heller.