Two wildly different family projects were sold today, a drama to ABC and a comedy to FOX.
ABC delivered a script commitment with significant penalty to a high-concept drama entitled Chosen. Written by feature film scribe John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie's Angels) and executive produced by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Chosen is described as a unique tale of family struggle, teen romance, and California evil. Against this backdrop, a family's life is thrown into disarray when their 15-year-old daughter is miraculously identified as the reincarnated prophet of an arcane South American religion. Mystery abounds and secrets will undoubtedly be revealed as the narrative explores whether she is their messiah or a pawn in a darker conspiracy.
On the other side of the family coin, FOX purchased a single-camera comedy based on comedian Heather McDonald's upcoming book, My Inappropriate Life. Co-writing with Dava Savel (Will & Grace), McDonald will also star in this chronicle of her experiences with her family, consisting of a stay-at-home husband, two boys, and a half-Asian stepdaughter. Just the fact that they have to point out that the stepdaughter is half-Asian makes me think the jokes will, sadly, write themselves. McDonald is known as a writer and performer on the E! talk show Chelsea Lately, hosted by Chelsea Handler, who will serve as an executive producer on the project.
I can tell you which one of these new family projects I would be interested in watching. Which one do you think it is?