ABC seems determined to get John Leguizamo on their network.
After the network passed on two pilot projects of the actor's in the past year, they have decided to roll the dice once again on a new half hour comedy pilot. This time around, the still untitled series will be semi-autobiographical, focusing on Leguizamo's life as a husband, father, and fish out of water as a transplant from the working class Bronx to the Upper West Side in New York City. The series will also feature his privileged wife and kids, who he worries are getting spoiled while living the high life that his career has afforded them. Meanewhile his mother, grandfather and friends from his old life in the Bronx attempt to keep him grounded in his Latino roots.
Leguizamo is (obviously) set to star in the project while also sharing writing duties with "Family Guy" executive producer and co-showrunner Chris Sheridan. Both will executive produce along with David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Jeff Golenberg for ABC Studios and Mandeville.
ABC had previously given the actor a second shot at developing his "Kings of Van Nuys" comedy pilot before passing on it once again. Evidently, the autobiographical project has been in the works longer than the "Kings" pilot, as Leguizamo had initially signed his development deal with ABC to move forward with the project before being pulled to star in "Kings of Van Nuys."
Personally I've always preferred Leguizamo's dramatic efforts to his comedic ones, but perhaps this will be the exception. What do you think of this project?