EXCLUSIVE: Felicity Huffman is returning to performing — and to ABC — with a single-camera comedy that has landed an enormous pilot manufacturing dedication on the community. The Peanut Butter Falcon‘s Zack Gottsagen co-stars within the mission from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Written by Becky Hartman Edwards, the untitled comedy is impressed by Susan Savage, the real-life proprietor of the Triple-A baseball staff the Sacramento River Cats. It marks the primary mission Huffman has taken on for the reason that 2019 school admission scandal.
The Emmy-winning actress has been closely courted for TV sequence and pilots since she accomplished her brief jail sentence after pleading responsible to fraud greater than a yr in the past. Kaplan approached Huffman with the thought a couple of sequence impressed by Savage, which she responded to. He introduced on Hartman Edwards as a author, and Gottsagen, who has a expertise cope with Kapital, got here on board to co-star reverse Huffman. The mission was taken out, attracting a number of affords and in the end touchdown at ABC. It was then laid off at ABC Signature.
A humorous, shocking and sometimes heartbreaking half-hour about love, loss, household and Triple-A baseball, the mission stars Huffman because the unlikely proprietor of a minor-league baseball staff. After immediately dropping her husband and inheriting his beloved staff, she is pressured to navigate her new regular with the assistance of her dysfunctional household, together with her oldest son (Gottsagen), a baseball devotee with Down syndrome, her work household and the Sacramento neighborhood at massive. That is the story of a girl navigating grief, native politics and the enterprise of sports activities and studying not simply to regulate, however to thrive.
Hartman Edwards, Huffman and Savage government produce alongside Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor and Artists First’s Joel Zadak. Gottsagen is a producer. ABC Signature is the studio.
Huffman and Kaplan each have lengthy historical past at ABC.
All three TV sequence Huffman has been a lead of have been on ABC and all have garnered vital acclaim: comedy Sports activities Evening, dramedy Determined Housewives and drama anthology American Crime. All three roles earned Huffman main award nominations; she received an Emmy for Determined Housewives.
Kaplan’s first pilot as a producer, comedy Humorous In Farsi, was at ABC. He at the moment has three sequence on the community: drama A Million Little Issues, comedy American Housewife and the upcoming restricted sequence Girls of the Motion.
In TV, Huffman most not too long ago co-starred on Ava DuVernay’s award-winning Netflix restricted sequence When They See Us. On the characteristic aspect, the Oscar-nominated Huffman’s most up-to-date credit embrace Netflix’s The Otherhood and indie Tammy’s At all times Dying. She is repped by ICM Companions.
Peanut Butter Falcon marked the characteristic performing debut for Gottsagen. His position as aspiring wrestler Zak within the buddy comedy-drama earned him accolades, together with the Rising Star Award on the 2020 Palm Springs Movie Pageant and the 2020 Newcomer Award from the Hollywood Critics Affiliation. He’s repped by KMR’s Gail Williamson, Zadak and lawyer Priya Verma at Morris Yorn.
Hartman Edwards not too long ago served as government producer on ABC’s The Baker and the Magnificence and Freeform’s The Daring Sort. She is repped by UTA, Literate and Del Shaw Moonves.
In 1999, the Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A Vancouver Canadians had been bought by a gaggle led by Artwork Savage who moved the staff to West Sacramento, renaming it the River Cats. Savage was the bulk proprietor of the staff till his loss of life in November 2009 at age 58. His widow, Susan, turned majority proprietor upon her husband’s loss of life, main the franchise to success. In 2016, the River Cats had been named minor-league baseball’s most beneficial franchise with a price of $49 million. The staff is the reigning Triple-A nationwide champion having received the championship recreation final yr.