ABC Takes a Pass -- Again -- on John Leguizamo Comedy Project Deadline
ABC has gone above and beyond in an effort to get a comedy project starring John Leguizamo off the ground, but after passing on it for the second time, the network appears to have finally given up on the project.
ABC made the decision not to move forward with "Kings of Van Nuys," Deadline.com reports. The decision came after network execs got a look at the second pilot for the project, which is a multicamera effort based on the British show "Only Fools and Horses," the story notes.
Leguizamo played one of two streetwise brothers, with Dustin Ybarra playing the other brother. Along with their grandfather -- played by Christopher Lloyd -- the brothers develop outrageous get-rich-quick schemes.
The project was first passed over last season, but ABC chief Paul Lee -- a fan of the original show -- ordered a retooling, the story notes. Both pilots were scripted by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, with “virtually the entire team from the first pilot, including everyone from the cast and director Ted Wass,” returning for the new pilot, the piece adds. The second pilot got a green light back in August.
The cast of the pilot will now be available for pilot season, the piece notes.