ABC Buys Restaurant Family Dramedy From Le Train Train & Jennifer Cecil

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In its first development season, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train production company set up several high-profile half-hour projects and landed a series order for NBC’s romantic comedy A to Z. Now the Warner Bros. TV-based banner is signaling an expansion to hourlong projects with its first sale of the season, dramedy Mix at ABC. It will be written by Jennifer Cecil, marking her return to ABC where Cecil worked on Private Practice, serving as co-showrunner on the medical drama’s final season. Mix explores the realities of modern-day families — multi-cultural and multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions — set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads. Cecil is executive producing with Jones and McCormack, while Le Train Train’s Jeff Grosvenor co-executive produces.

Along with the multiple half-hour comedies, La Train Train sold one hourlong dramedy last season to the CW.  Mix marks the company’s first Big 4 hourlong sale. The company is focusing in one-hour light drama soaps as part of its mandate to develop projects that are representative of life, which can be funny, sad and sometime dramatic. Jones, McCormack and Grosvenor had identified Cecil as a writer they wanted to work with. In a meeting, they pitched her the idea for a light, mixed-race family drama set at a family business. Over several discussions, the premice of Mix was conceived. Cecil, who is currently a consulting producer on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, and Le Train Train are repped by UTA.

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