In a competitive situation, ABC has nabbed Bad News, a single-camera comedy written/executive produced by Friends With Better Lives creator Dana Klein and executive produced by her frequent collaborator Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment.
Bad News, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, is a fish-out-of-water comedy that centers on a hard-hitting and well-respected NYC news anchor who, after being fired, is forced to take a job as a human interest reporter at a fifth-rate news station in small-town Nebraska. 20th Century Fox TV, where Klein has an overall deal, is the studio. The project drew interest from multiple networks when it was taken out three weeks ago, ultimately landing at ABC.
This is the fourth consecutive collaboration for Klein and Kaplan. The previous three comedy projects, all from 20th TV, went to production stage — one as a series, FWBL at CBS, and two as pilots: Daddy’s Girls at NBC and last season’s Bad Stanleys at Fox.
At ABC, Kaplan also has genre-themed drama Monstropolis with a put pilot commitment as well as returning drama series Secrets & Lies. Klein is with UTA and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.