Rev Run Family Comedy Gets Pilot Presentation Order From ABC Studios
publish date: 2017-03-17
Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons and his wife Justine Simmons are getting another crack at their TV comedy.
ABC Studios and Amblin TV are reteaming to film a pilot presentation for the untitled comedy that would star the couple, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The comedy -- in which the Simmons will play themselves — centers on a legendary rapper whose plans for slowing down are thwarted when his wife decides to pursue her own dreams and stardom. (Rev Run was a founding member of Run-DMC and is a practicing minister.)
The multicamera project, from Amblin Television and creator Jeremy Bronson (Speechless, The Mindy Project), landed at ABC in October following a multiple-network bidding war with a sizable penalty attached.
ABC instead opted to bypass the Rev Run project in favor of two other multicamera family comedies — Rob Riggle's untitled single dad comedy and Amy Poehler's Carol Burnett starrer Household Name.
Everyone involved with the Rev. Run comedy believed in the project and asked ABC Studios to divert their individual penalties back into shooting a "gurrilla"-style pilot presentation similar to what 20th Century Fox Television did with Cristela three years ago. (That resulted in a series pickup and full-season order.) ABC Studios obliged, offering the extra money to help deliver a competitive budget. Sources note that ABC will have a 24-hour first-look window in May at the finished product. Should ABC pass, the comedy would be shopped to broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.