TV Land is staying the single-camera comedy course with a new high-profile project in development — a period half-hour inspired by the life of actress-turned-reality star Kyle Richards from former 30 Rock executive producer John Riggi, Warner Horizon Television and John Wells Prods.
Set in the ’70s, the untitled project is described as a dark comedy about a woman’s struggle to raise her family and claim her own brand of independence in a world not ready to give it. It centers on Bonnie Nolan, 40 years old with a beautiful home and three beautiful daughters to go with it. However, she also has a cheating husband. Finding herself alone after her marriage fails, Bonnie is an enigma of the times: a single woman with no means to support herself or her children.
The comedy is inspired by Richards’ unconventional upbringing by her mom, a single mother who alone raised Richards and her two older sisters, Kim Richards and half-sister Kathy Hilton. All three became celebrities, with all dabbling in acting early on. Kyle and her troubled sister Kim have been co-starring together on the hit Bravo reality series The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
Riggi will write the pilot script and executive produce with John Wells and Andrew Stearn of JWP. Richards will co-executive produce. Both JWP and Riggi are based at Warner Horizon parent Warner Bros. TV.
“We are beyond thrilled to be working with Warner Horizon Television and all of these amazing talents – John Riggi, John Wells, Andrew Stearn and, of course, Kyle Richards,” said Keith Cox, TV Land’s EVP Development and Original Programming. “This project, the caliber of the people behind it and its fearless authenticity brings TV Land to new heights.”
TV Land, which launched its original brand with multi-camera sitcoms, changed course last year and has only been picking up single-camera comedy series. Three new ones are debuting this year: Younger — which premiered in March and already has been renewed for Season 2 — Impastor and The Jim Gaffigan Show.