ABC has ordered two comedies: Single Parents and Steps!
ABC has given pilot orders to a pair of single-camera comedies, Single Parents, from New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriwether and one of the departing Fox comedy’s longtime writers, J.J. Philbin, and Steps, from Kristin Newman (The Muppets) and Mandeville TV. They come from soon-to-be-merged studios 20th Century Fox TV (Single Parents), where Meriwether is under an overall deal, and ABC Studios (Steps), where Newman and Mandeville TV are based.
Single Parents, which had a put pilot commitment, was written by Philbin based on a story by her and Meriwether. It revolves around a group of dysfunctional single parents who lean on one another as they raise their kids, look for love and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of one another.
Written by Newman, Steps is based on the Swedish format Bonus Family. It revolves around four adults in three houses raising three kids after two divorces — together.