ABC buys comedy from June Raphael & Casey Wilson
Deadline August 30, 2012
ABC Nabs June Diane Raphael/Casey Wilson Female Comedy Produced By Will Gluck
by Nellie Andreeva
EXCLUSIVE: The Housewives, a multi-camera comedy from Saturday Night Live alumna Casey Wilson, actress/writer June Diane Raphael, Will Gluck and Sony Pictures TV, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment.
Written and executive produced by Wilson and Raphael, The Housewives is about three female friends in 1954. Raphael is in negotiations to play one of the three leads in the project, produced by Sony TV and Gluck’s studio-based TV production company Olive Bridge Entertainment. Richard Schwartz co-executive produces.
The Housewives reunites the auspices behind last year’s single-camera comedy project Walk Of Shame, which also was set up at ABC through Sony TV and Gluck’s company, with Wilson and Raphael writing. Wilson has a pre-existing relationship with ABC and Sony TV — she co-stars on the ABC/Sony comedy Happy Endings. This marks the second major sale for Gluck’s company this season, following the 22-episode on-air commitment it received from NBC for a family comedy starring Michael J. Fox.
UTA-repped Wilson and Raphael, who met in a clown class at NYU, are long-time writing and stage partners and best friends. They have performed together at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and co-wrote the feature Bride Wars. The duo just wrapped the comedy feature <i>Ass Backwards</i>, which they co-wrote and play the two leads in. Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV::), managed by The Collective, will next be seen in Imogene, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival. Wilson is managed by Naomi Odenkirk.
The Housewives extends ABC’s commitment to multicamera comedy. The network also recently greenlighted a second pilot for its multicamera project from last season Kings Of Van Nuys starring John Leguizamo.