ABC has added two more comedy pilots to its slate today — Family Fortune starring actor-comedian Fortune Feimster, from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and a remake of Uncle Buck produced by Will Packer (the Ride Along and Think Like A Man franchises). Both projects hail from Universal TV, Uncle Buck will be a co-production with ABC Studios.
Family Fortune, which had a penalty attached to it, reunites the Cabbot College team of creator/executive producer Hubbard, executive producers Fey and Carlock and co-star Feimster. The comedy is based on the family life and stand-up of Feimster, who grew up in Belmont, N.C. Written by Hubbard and Feimster, it centers on popular gym teacher in North Carolina (Feimster) who comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends.
Hubbard, Fey and Carlock executive produce alongside fellow Cabot College exec producer, 3 Arts’ David Miner. Feimster serves as co-executive producer. Universal Television, where Hubbard, Fey and Carlock have overall deals, is producing. This marks the fourth comedy pilot order for 3 Arts at ABC.
Fey, who is busy with Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (also exec produced with Carlock) and features at Universal and Paramount, only took out one project via her Little Stranger banner this season, the Fortune Feimster comedy.
After several years in Hollywood, Feimster got her break when Chelsea Handler brought her to her E! late-night talk show as a writer and performer. Feimster went on to develop a comedy project, also for ABC and Uni TV, which Handler produced.
Uncle Buck (format TBD) is based on the classic John Hughes film starring John Candy which was produced by Universal. Like the movie, the series project, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, will center on a childish man, played in the film by Candy, who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. Cragg, Bradley and Packer executive produce, with Will Packer Prods.’ head of TV Korin Huggins co-executive producing. The project falls under the first-look deal Packer inked with Universal TV last year. This marks Packer’s second pilot order this season, along with comedy People Are Talking at NBC.
Uncle Buck, whose cast also included Amy Madigan, Macaulay Culkin and Laurie Metcalf, was a hit when it was released in August 1989, grossing nearly $80 million. The film first was adapted as a TV series in 1990 with Kevin Meaney in the title role. It ran on CBS for one season.
Uncle Buck was one of several 1980s comedic movies and TV shows that were given series treatment this development season. It is the second to get a pilot order, joining Problem Child at NBC. Other prominent movie remakes with pilot orders this season are Minority Report at Fox and Rush Hour at CBS.