ABC Buys Guy Comedy With Pop Culture Twist From ‘Black-ish’ Co-EP & Tim Story

Nellie Andreeva
Deadline

ABC has teamed with Black-ish co-executive producer Courtney Lilly for another single-camera comedy exploring what it means to be an African American man in today’s society. The project, titled Joe 2.0, comes from Lilly, director Tim Story, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios.

Written by Lilly, Joe 2.0, now in development, is a single-camera comedy where iconic pop culture moments are used to punctuate the everyday moments in the life of a recently divorced high school teacher. Lilly and Story executive produce with Kaplan and Dana Honor.

Joe 2.0 marks the latest collaboration between Kaplan and Story who go back to Kaplan’s days as an agent when Story was his client. Story previous directed and executive produced Kapital’s Nicki Minaj pilot at Freeform and the CBS  pilot What Goes Around Comes Around.

In TV, Story recently directed and executive produced the Showtime comedy pilot White Famous executive produced by Jamie Foxx. In features, Story has directed seven number one films – Ride Along 2 (2016), Ride Along (2014), Think Like A Man Too (2014), Think Like A Man (2012), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Fantastic Four (2005) and Barbershop (2002). He is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Before joining the Emmy-nominated Black-ish, Lilly served as co-executive producer on NBC’s Undateable. He previously worked on Everybody Hates Chris, Arrested Development and My Boys. He is repped by UTA.

At ABC, Kapital Entertainment also has Sam Sklaver’s comedy Charlie Foxtrot, which has a put pilot commitment; the DJ Nash comedy Losing It; Hilary Winston’s Next Summer, based on a Norwegian format; dramedy House of Moore; drama Protect & Serve, from Barbie Kligman and Billy Malone; and Laura Krafft comedy The Favorite. Additionally, the company has new ABC comedy series American Housewife and returning Secrets & Lies. All projects are with ABC Studios.

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