Expanding his relationship with ABC, Modern Family star Ty Burrell has sold a comedy co-written with his younger brother to the network.
In a competitive situation among the networks, ABC delivered a script commitment with penalty to the single-camera project, which is based on the childhood experiences of Ty Burrell and younger brother Duncan.
Set in a tiny rural community in Oregon, the comedy is about two families from the city who buy the only store in town. In a busy world increasingly reliant on technology and modern conveniences, the group learns how to work together to provide their families with a better life.
During their childhood, the Burrells lived in Applegate, Oregon, for eight years and owned a country store. The untitled new project marks the second collaboration between the brothers. In the 1990s, the two wrote and performed a two-person play called Babble. Staged in New York, Babble featured Ty playing various standup comedians and his brother playing a heckler in the audience.
Once Ty began to achieve success on film and television, their lives diverged and they were unable to reunite for another writing venture until now. Outside of the entertainment world, Duncan runs an establishment co-owned by the Burrell brothers called Bar-X in Salt Lake City.
My first exposure to Ty Burrell was in the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake and he was easily the most memorable presence in the film. I have been a fan ever since and really enjoy him on Modern Family, so hopefully this show is just as funny.