In what would seem to be an automatic hit, ABC has decided to pass on a sitcom starring Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer, after having already given it a straight-to-series order. According to Deadline, it’s being reported that the decision was made after the network executives saw the finished pilot, but could their decision have anything to do with last year’s decision by the network to insist on 50% representation of ‘underrepresented groups’ in regular and recurring characters? ABC has made no official comment nor do we expect them to, but just one look at this pair of veteran comedic actors and it doesn’t exactly scream “underrepresented”.
The order had been given back in November, just prior to Craig Erwich moving over from Hulu to be in charge of programming for ABC, replacing Karey Burke who jumped ship for 20th TV. Since then multiple scripts with big commitments given under Burke have now been passed on by the new regime.
With the straight-to-series pickup, a writer’s room was assembled months back with scripts being produced. The series was expected to be paired with the popular ABC sitcom The Conners. The series is now being shopped to other networks and streaming services.