The rollercoaster ride continues for a familiar TV actor at ABC, which has kept him busy by greenlighting projects and then pulling the plug. Nellie Andreeva, writing on Deadline.com, reports that the network has given John Leguizamo yet another green light — ordering its third pilot of the past 12 months from him.
The untitled project is based on Leguizamo’s fish-out-of-water life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. His character fears his children are becoming spoiled and that he has lost touch with his Bronx roots, the story notes.
The order comes after Leguizamo was cast in the ABC pilot "The Kings of Van Nuys," which was passed over in May. ABC subsequently ordered a reworked version of that pilot, but that second pilot also got a pass, the story notes.
“The project has been in the works since early February of last year when Leguizamo signed a deal with ABC and ABC Studios with the intention to develop a single-camera comedy inspired by his life for him to star in and executive produce with [Jeff] Golenberg and Mandeville, the company he worked with on Edison,” Andreeva writes.
The latest project is now set up as a multicamera effort, marking ABC’s second multicamera comedy this year, along with “Divorce: A Love Story.”