ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to a half-hour single-camera comedy starring comedian Trae Crowder, known for his stage persona the Liberal Redneck. Inspired by Crowder’s life, the project hails from Warner Bros. TV and Rob Thomas’ studio-based Spondoolie Productions.
The untitled Trae Crowder Project was co-written by Crowder and Party Down creator John Enbom, who co-created Starz’s cult comedy series Party Down with Thomas, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd. It follows liberal-minded redneck Crowder, who has just moved back to his small Tennessee hometown for a new job, where he struggles to balance the needs of his wife and son with his chaotic family and complicated Southern heritage.
Enbom and Crowder executive produce with Thomas and his frequent collaborators Etheridge and Danielle Stokdyk.
Last season, a single-camera comedy starring Trae Crowder about his Liberal Redneck character returning to his Tennessee hometown from the same creative auspices was set up at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. The project now has been redeveloped with a new premise.
Thomas, Stokdyk and Etheridge also executive produce the CBS multi-camera comedy I Mom So Hard, which has a pilot production commitment at CBS, and Thomas is redeveloping his adaptation of The Lost Boys at the CW. He is repped by UTA.
Crowder, along with his comedy touring partners Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester, co-authored The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin’ Dixie Outta the Dark, published in 2016 by Atria Books. The trio now are in their second year of touring nationally. Crowder became known for his Liberal Redneck videos, which went viral on Facebook when they launched last year. Crowder, who started a weekly podcast, Corey & Drew, this year, is repped by Nat Goldberg at Arsonhouse Entertainment, Gersh and attorney Bradley Garrett.