ABC has given out yet another series order.
“Single Parents” is the latest to join the network’s growing lineup for the 2018-19 season. Coming from “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether and one of that show’s writer-producers, JJ Philbin, the series follows a group of single parents as they support each other in raising their 7-year-old kids, while trying to maintain some semblance of their own personal lives, away from home.
It stars Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Kimrie Lewis, Jake Choi, Marlow Barkley, Devin Trey Campbell, Sadie Hazelett, Grace Hazelett, Brad Garrett and Tyler Wladis. It is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios, with Philbin and Meriwether serving as both creators and executive producers, alongside Katharine Pope, also executive producing. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer, who is also an executive producer on the series.
“Single Parents” will pick up when a group of single parents meet Will (Killam), a 30-something who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s forgotten who he is as a person, himself. Fortunately, the other parents come in just in time to try and help Will start dating again and remember that he doesn’t have to sacrifice his own identity to be a great parent.
More ABC series pickups:
– “Grand Hotel” starring Demian Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez, Denyse Tontz, Bryan Craig, Wendy Raquel Robinson and more. It comes from creator Brian Tanen, and centers around the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach, as its charismatic owner (Bichir) and his wife enjoy the spoils of success but also work to deal with the scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets that hide beneath the hotel’s seemingly perfect surface.
– “Whiskey Cavalier,” a “high-octane, hour-long action dramedy” about the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase, who is assigned to work with a bad ass female CIA operative after suffering from an emotional breakup. The series will follow the duo as they embark on an endless assortment of missions to save the world… and themselves. Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan will star as the show’s lead duo, alongside Ana Ortiz, Tyler James Williams, and Vir Das. It is created by Dave Hemingson.
– “The Fix” comes from real-life prosecutor Marcia Clark, and co-writers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain. It is a legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney suffering from a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her career derailed, she escapes to a quieter life in Washington, until eight years later when the same celebrity comes under suspicion for another murder, which lures Maya back into the DA’s offer for a second chance. It stars Robin Tunney, Adam Rayner, Merrin Dungey, Breckin Meyer, and Marc Blucas.
– “The Kids Are Alright” is a single-camera, 1970s-set period comedy from creator Tim Doyle. It follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, as they navigate changes both big and small throughout one of the most turbulent decades in American history. It is said to be inspired in part by Doyle’s childhood, and stars Michael Cudlitz, Mary McCormack, Sam Straley, Caleb Martin Foote, Sawyer Barth, Christopher Paul Richards, and more.
One other pilot, the drama “False Profits,” hasn’t been ordered to series yet but it still in contention. The network has asked for more scripts and extended the options on the cast, led by Vanessa Williams and Bellamy Young; it could be ordered for the second half of 2018-19.