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5 items from 2010


ABC Taps Songwriting Heavyweights For Musical Comedy Project

7 December 2010 3:53 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and Oscar-nominated lyricist David Zippel have teamed with veteran comedy writer Marco Pennette  for a musical comedy set up at ABC. The network is making a big effort to launch a musical series next season with 3 such projects in development. The untitled Menken/Zippel/Pennette project is probably the most ambitious of the 3 as it would feature 2-3 original songs in every episode. Loosely based on Menken's daughter, it is described as St. Elmo's Fire meets Rent and centers on a young female musician living with other musicians as they try to make their way into the world. Menken, Zippel and Pennette co-created the project, which would feature the characters break into songs as well as set pieces. The trio will executive produce the show, which was packaged by UTA. Pennette is writing the script, with ABC Studios producing. At ABC, the Menken/Zippel/Pennette »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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ABC developing two new musical series

1 December 2010 5:58 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ABC is developing a pair of music-themed series for next fall, including a drama series featuring Broadway actress Idina Menzel and a new comedy from writer Robert horn. Deadline reports that Menzel's hour-long project will see the Glee star play a single mother who dreams of a musical career, but is forced to wait tables to make ends meet. Samantha Who? writer Bob Kushell will script the pilot episode and will executive produce alongside Big Love director David Knoller. Menzel (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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ABC Developing 2 Musical Series, Including A Bob Kushell Drama Starring Idina Menzel

30 November 2010 2:20 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Primetime musical series are red-hot courtesy of Fox's Glee, and ABC, whose sibling Disney Channel started the genre's resurgence with High School Musical and Hannah Montana, is developing a couple of music-themed series for next fall. Leading the pack is a drama with musical elements from writer Bob Kushell  (Samantha Who?) starring Tony winner Idina Menzel. Another one is a musical comedy from Robert Horn, who penned two Disney Channel movie musicals this year: the High School Musical-spinoff Sharpay Fabulous, starring Ashley Tisdale, and The Suite Life: The Movie. Hot off her recurring role on Glee last season, Idina Menzel is headlining her own musical hourlong project, a mother-daughter relationship drama in the vein of Gilmore Girls. It will star the Broadway actress as the single mother of a teenager who, to make ends meet, waits tables and performs at weddings and bar mitzvahs, odd jobs that Menzel »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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NBC Developing Sitcom With Peter Murrieta

30 November 2010 7:19 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC, which has 8 comedies on tap for this season - all single-camera - is mulling a return to the multi-camera genre. In one of the last comedy buys this season, the network went for a multi-camera project from sitcom veteran Peter Murrieta. It is one of several multi-camera comedies NBC has put in development this season, including Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, a sitcom based on Chelsea Handler's books, and a project by veteran Bob Kushell. The Murrieta project, produced by Ums and 3 Arts, involves a hipster, who is a first-generation Mexican American, being pulled into his family’s business and will focus on the dichotomy of his traditional past and his “hip and cool” new life. Murrieta hatched the idea for the project with Eddie Gorodetsky, co-executive producer on the two strongest multi-camera comedies on the air, CBS' The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'American Dad' exec develops new pilots

13 September 2010 5:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

American Dad producer Bob Kushell has sold two new comedy pilots to Fox and NBC. Variety reports that Kushell's project for Fox will be a new animated series titled Red Roofs. The series will revolve around the strange inhabitants of a suburban subdivision. His currently untitled NBC pilot will be live-action and will follow a family dealing with both their father's death and the revelation (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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