VA Hospital Comedy Produced By Jim Parsons Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment


ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Lakeside VA, a single-camera comedy from Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak’s That’s Wonderful Productions and Warner Bros. TV where the company is based.

Shelly Gossman
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Written and co-executive produced by Shelly Gossman (Raising Hope) with Modern Family alum Bill Wrubel as showrunner under his WBTV deal, Lakeside VA follows a C+ team of VA hospital employees who are underfunded, understaffed, and stopped overworking themselves to make up for it years ago, until a new hotshot female chief of surgery steps in to turn them into an A team.

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Gossman will be writing from experience. Her father is a Vietnam veteran, and in her early 20s, Gossman worked a day job at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The show will draw from Gossman’s personal experiences, as well as first-hand accounts from veterans and VA staff across the country. Parsons and Spiewak will executive produce alongside Wrubel. Eric Norsoph, Head of Development and Production for That’s Wonderful, will oversee the project for the company.

This is That’s Wonderful’s second sale this season, joining drama The Terranauts at the CW, written by Zach Helm based on the novel by T.C. Boyle. Parsons next co-stars in the Fox feature Hidden Figures, which opens Dec. 25.

Gossman, who started her writing career on Saturday Night Live, is repped by CAA. Wrubel is repped by CAA and Ken Richman of Hansen Jacobson. That’s Wonderful is repped by CAA. Parsons is repped by CAA, Marsha McManus of Principal Entertainment LA, and Cheryl Snow of Gang, Tyre.

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