ABC Buys Family Comedy From Brian Gallivan And Will Gluck With Major Penalty

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, a single-camera comedy from The McCarthys creator Brian Gallivan has landed at ABC with a significant, high seven-figure penalty. The untitled project reunites the auspices behind CBS pilot The McCarthys: writer/executive producer Gallivan, Sony TV and executive producer Will Gluck and his Sony-based Olive Bridge Prods. The new project centers on an overworked father dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire where they open a group of tourist cottages. And where they rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. Gallivan, who hails from New England (he grew up in the Boston area where he taught middle school language arts before embarking on a comedy career), will write the script and will executive produce with Gluck and Olive Bridge’s Richie Schwartz. For Gallivan, the project stems from an overall deal he signed with Sony TV in May. Meanwhile McCarthys, originally developed and picked up to pilot by CBS last season, is prepping a new pilot at CBS, with Gallivan converting the project from single-camera to a multi-camera. Gallivan is with CAA; Gluck with UTA.

Comments (11)

  • Will is killing it this year! Fantastic

    Comment by TwoDirections — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 9:58am PDT  
  • I am such a GalliFAN!

    Comment by Jodi — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 10:16am PDT  
  • So they are remaking “Newhart” it’s the same premise. Bob and his wife moved to Vermont to open up an inn and “they rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation.”

    ABC Family can even use the same opening credit sequence just add a family that’s all it needs.

    Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 10:19am PDT  
    • That’s funny. After Newhart ended, Peter Scolari’s next show was about a family man whose family moves. That show, Family Album, had a pretty good cast. Scolari, Pamela Reed, Giovanni Ribisi and Alan “Police Squad!” North. The next year, the creators had a much more successful show. It was called Friends.

      Comment by Zachary — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 12:47pm PDT  
    • Good call. Yet another in the unsufferably neverending pilot picksups over recent years that involves somebody “moving” … moving in… moving back… moving to… How ’bout moving… to something original?

      Comment by me — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT  
      • Sorry, I meant “insufferably”.

        Comment by me — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT  
  • Sounds so funny and fresh!

    Comment by rambling — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT  
  • How did Will Gluck get to be so successful? This is a serious question without any snark or bitterness.

    Comment by Can anyone tell me? — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 11:22am PDT  
    • He made Easy A. And then he paired up with Michael J. Fox. And since then, he’s been pretty unstoppable. Good job, Will!

      Comment by Zachary — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT  
    • Ha! So sad that we have to qualify “without snark or bitterness.”

      Comment by JIM — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 1:09pm PDT  
      • It’s not just a comments section, it’s a Deadline comments section. And there must be more to Gluck’s success than drawing a line between Easy A (his second film) and Michael J Fox as Gluck has had a ton of TV pilot deals in between.

        Comment by It's deadline! — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 2:08pm PDT  

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