ABC Buys Blue-Collar Family Comedy From Paul McLalin, Lee Eisenberg & The District

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ABC has put in development a single camera blue-collar family comedy from writer Paul McLalin, SMILF executive producer Lee Eisenberg, Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad’s The District and ABC Studios.


Written by McLalin, the Untitled Factory Town Project follows a blue-collar family in Kalamazoo, Michigan who are adjusting to life after the family’s patriarch is laid off from the local manufacturing plant by his son and both have to adjust to their new roles in the family.

Courtesy of David Bernad/Ruben Fleischer

McLalin executive produces with Eisenberg, who supervises the project, and Fleischer and Bernad via The District. ABC Studios is the studio. Elias Gertler will help oversee the project for The District.

ABC has been in the market for blue-collar, Middle America family comedies following the massive early ratings success of the Roseanne revival, since-canceled over star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets, and the subsequent spinoff The Conners. The network also recently put in development a half-hour blue collar single mom comedy from Nashville-based comedian Dusty Slay.

McLalin wrote for the Comedy Central animated show Triptank and was previously a writers’ assistant on NBC’s Superstore, where he wrote the webisodes for season two and three along with the NBC Fall Primetime Preview. The project reunites McLalin with Fleischer and Bernad who serve as executive producers on Superstore and whose pilot Fleischer directed. Venom and Zombieland helmer Fleischer currently is directing Zombieland 2 set for release in 2019.

Eisenberg is executive producer of Showtime’s breakout hit, Golden Globe-nominated comedy series SMILF.

McLalin is repped by CAA, Lee Stobby Entertainment, and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP. The District is repped by CAA and attorney Warren Dern.

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