ABC Picks Up ‘Downward Dog’ & Sarah Dunn Comedies To Series


The little dog that could. ABC’s quirky off-cycle comedy pilot Downward Dog, about a talking dog, made it to the ABC schedule. Also making the cut was The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport, but without its somewhat polarizing title. Both pilots had been well received. There was some debate whether Downward Dog could sustain its premise in the long run but ultimately, the pilot won over everyone and made it to the schedule. This the first broadcast series for Legendary TV, which is co-producing with ABC Studios. Watch the first-look teaser below.

The untitled Sarah Dunn comedy (formerly The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport) is from producer Aaron Kaplan who also has drama Secrets & Lies at ABC and earlier today got a renewal for his CBS comedy Life In Pieces. 

Here are details about both new ABC series:

Downward Dog is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Allison Tolman), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst, they may be the best thing for each other.

Allison Tolman stars as Nan, Lucas Neff as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, Barry Rothbart as Kevin and Mo Collins as Kim.

Downward Dog creators/writers Samm Hodges and Michael Killen will executive produce with Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen, and Animal’s Kathy Dziubek. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were executive producers of the pilot. The series is from Legendary Television and ABC Studios.

UNTITLED SARAH DUNN (fka “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport”)

Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, Mike and Molly), a confident, unapologetic, plump wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring. She lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voiceover as the she lives her life as the second fattest housewife in Westport.

The series stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Jeff Otto, Johnny Sequoyah as Taylor, Daniel DiMaggio as Harrison, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.

Untitled Sarah Dunn was written and created by Sarah Dunn (Spin City, Bunheads) and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Aaron Kaplan, Rick Weiner, Kenny Schwartz and Sarah Dunn are executive producers. Ruben Fleischer directed and was executive producer of the pilot.

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