A project, which represents a departure for both Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. Couch Detective, from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV, is described as an irreverent hourlong comedic mystery. In the tradition of great mysteries dramas about amateur sleuths such as Murder, She Wrote, Couch Detective follows the exploits of a thirty-something female “couch detective” who solves crimes based on her encyclopedic knowledge of every true-crime TV special, police procedural and made-for-TV movie. Iungerich will write the script and will executive produce with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, while KristieAnne Reed co-executive produces.
This marks Iungerich’s return to ABC where she had comedy pilot Damaged Goods last season, also from WBTV where she’s had a deal. This is her first hourlong sale. It also marks a rare comedic hourlong series for Bruckheimer TV, which is best known as drama series producer. ABC has been looking to get a female-centered amateur detective light mystery procedural on the air. Last year, it developed Murder In Manhattan, about a mother and daughter moonlighting as sleuths, which went to pilot. Bruckheimer TV also has event series Two Black Cadillacs, based on Carrie Underwood’s song, in the works at Fox with Underwood executive producing. Iungerich is with Madhouse’s Robyn Meisinger and WME.