ABC Buys Autobiographical Andrea Abbate Comedy With Put Pilot Commitment

ABC is looking to add another “modern family” to its primetime lineup. The network has given a put pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy from writer/comedian Andrea Abbate (Accidentally On Purpose), produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy’s studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein.

Titled Crazy Gene, the comedy is based on the real-life experiences of Abbate who took in her brother’s son while he was in prison and adopted a 13-year-old black boy. “Some families are prone to cancer, mine’s prone to felonies,” Abbate said. Crazy Gene will center on a woman who, with her brother behind bars, tries to raise his kids as well as her adopted African American teenage son. WME-repped Abbate will executive produce with Adelstein, Levy and 21 Laps/Adelsetin’s Becky Clements. The project expands 21 Laps/Adelstein’s comedy footprint at ABC — the company is also behind the network’s multi-camera comedy Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen.

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