The Retro Beat Goes On: ABC Buys Comedy Set in 1970s

Sep 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

When TV gets ahold of a trend, there’s no stopping it, and lately the trend — apparently set off by AMC’s “Mad Men” — has been retro: ABC’s “Pan Am,” NBC’s “Playboy Club” and so on.

Now ABC has bought a project from John Wells Prods. that’s set in the 1970s and tracks a mother/daughter team who have their own variety show, reports Deadline.com.

The hourlong comedy is from "Frasier" and "Desperate Housewives" veteran Joe Keenan, who will executive produce with Wells and Andrew Stearn for Warner Bros. TV, the story says. Keenan has worked on ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" for the past five years, the article adds.

ABC appears to be fully caught up in retro fever. The story notes that the network also recently bought the similarly themed “The Lockharts,” an hourlong drama set in the late 1970s that focuses on a musical family with a variety show.

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