ABC has put in development The Classic, an hourlong family drama produced by Mandalay Sports Media, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and her Latin WE, and Delirio Films. 20th Century Fox TV, which also produces Modern Family, is the studio.
Written by Todd E. Kessler (The Good Wife, Nashville) and to be directed by Patricia Riggen (Under The Same Moon), The Classic is inspired by the upcoming Delirio Films documentary of the same name. The series is set in East Los Angeles and revolves around a legendary football rivalry between two high schools that are only five miles apart. Against the backdrop of the rivalry, the series will follow a multi-generational family all striving for the American Dream.
“While some might look at this as a Latino Friday Night Lights, it’s way more than that,” said Mike Tollin, co-chairman of Mandalay Sports Media. “Patricia and Todd have created an incredibly rich and multicultural tapestry, where football is just the connector between communities facing enormous social and economic challenges.”
Kessler and Riggen executive produce with Mandalay’s Tollin and Latin WE’s Vergara, Luis Balaguera and Melissa Gelineau. Rafael Marmor, Chris Leggett and Billy McMillian will executive produce on behalf of Delirio Films. At MSM, the project will be covered by Laura Gleeson.
MSM, Kessler and Riggen are repped by CAA. Latin WE is repped by UTA. The original documentary is repped by Josh Braun at Submarine. Kessler is also with Madhouse.