ABC is adding to its stable of family comedies with an irreverent multi-generational sitcom from the writer/producer brother combination of Robb and Mark Cullen. Home of family-based sitcom hits Modern Family and The Middle, the alphabet network won a competitive bidding war among multiple networks and awarded a pilot production commitment to the new single-camera project, entitled Safe At Home.
The comedy revolves around a strong-willed, divorced single mother who is forced to move back home with her father, a salty widower and former career minor-league baseball player. While raising her son, she also coaches his little league baseball team and must learn to navigate her new surroundings and deal with her situation.
The Cullen brothers are expected to write as well as executive-produce the show with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Previously, the Cullens created the FX comedy Lucky and the FOX drama Heist, and also wrote a feature-film script called A Couple Of Dicks that was turned into the 2010 action comedy Cop Out, directed by Kevin Smith. This project marks this selling season's second pilot production commitment for Kapital Entertainment, as NBC recently acquired The Gates, a comedy based on a British series.
What does it say about the current economic climate that so many new series are using the premise that a single adult with children must move in with a parent or sibling to stay afloat?