ABC’s hottest comedy pilot is the first to get a series order. The network has given its first half-hour series order to Single Parents, a single-camera comedy from the New Girl duo of JJ Philbin and Liz Meriwether and 20th Century Fox TV.
ABC’s other comedy frontrunner, Tim Doyle’s 1970s family comedy, also is looking good for a pickup.
Single Parents is an ensemble comedy that follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood.
The pilot had gotten high marks for its cast that includes standout performances by Taran Killam and Brad Garrett.
The series begins when the group meets Will (Killam), a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.
The series stars Killam as Will, Leighton Meester as Angie, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy, Jake Choi as Miggy, Marlow Barkley as Sophie, Tyler Wladis as Graham, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory, Grace Hazelett as Emma, Sadie Hazelett as Amy and Brad Garrett as Douglas.
The series is from 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. JJ Philbin and Liz Meriwether are creators and executive producers, and Katharine Pope is executive producer. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer, who is also an executive producer.