ABC has given the green light to Dream Team, a single-camera half-hour from top comedy writers Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel. The project, which had a pilot production commitment, hails from Warner Bros TV, where both Lizer and Wrubel are under deals, and reunites the duo a decade after working together on Will & Grace.
Written/executive produced by Lizer and Wrubel, Dream Team centers on Marty Schumacher, who coached his last Club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the National Championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds, and their disparate parents. The project draws on personal experiences by Lizer, who — like so many others — is a soccer mom on the weekends. Lizer and Wrubel’s respective banners, Kari’s Logo Here and Here Comes Scrappy, produce in association with Warner Bros Television.
Dream Team is expected to have documentary-style elements in the vein of flagship ABC comedy series Modern Family. Wrubel was a key writer-producer on the first five seasons of the family comedy, joining as a co-executive producer after the pilot and serving as an executive producer three seasons.
In addition to Modern Family, Wrubel previously worked on ABC’s dramedy Ugly Betty, while Lizer created the network’s 2012 comedy pilot The Unprofessional. Lizer is repped by Vision Art Management’s Scott Schwartz; Wrubel is with CAA.