Pilots: ABC Orders Comedies About Johnny Knoxville, NBA Odd Couple, Genius Kids, Plus 4 Others

ABC on Friday night ordered a whopping seven comedy pilots, including the real-life story of a young Johnny Knoxville, an NBA rookie with translation issues and three couples who (shockingly) are staying married in America.

The projects are as follows:

UNTITLED JOHNNY KNOXVILLE PILOT | Courtesy of narration from the man himself, Johnny Knoxville recalls life growing up in the “outlaw culture” of Knoxville, Tenn., and how it shaped him into one of the most notorious pranksters of our time. Written by Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted).

DELORES & JERMAINE | Based on comedian Jermaine Fowler’s real-life experience, this comedy finds lazy-yet-inventive millennial Jermaine moving in with his strict, football-obsessed grandmother, who also happens to be a former cop. Fowler will co-write with Daniel Chun (Trophy WifeThe Simpsons).

UNTITLED NBA PROJECT | A non-English speaking rookie player and his non-basketball speaking translator must work together to navigate life in the NBA.

THE 46 PERCENTERS | Three couples who have chosen to stay married — unlike the 54 percent of American couples that have divorced — share their unique stories.

THE KING OF 7B | After seeing (who he believe to be) his soulmate across the street, noted recluse Prentiss Porter decides to leave his apartment for the first time in 20 years. The Neighbors‘ Dan Fogelman will executive-produce.

UNTITLED JUDAH MILLER PROJECT | A Broadway starlet and her brainiac husband are thrust into the world of youth sports when they find themselves with an athletically gifted son. Judah Miller (Playing House) is on board to exec-produce.

THE BRAINY BUNCH | When Kip Mitchell returns home from the military and becomes a stay-at-h0me dad, he quickly realizes that he and wife Mona Lisa might have raised their kids to be too smart — and completely socially inept.

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16 Comments
  1. Boiler says:

    Hope ABC not cancelling anything. between these and the dramas they got nothing

  2. Kristi says:

    They cancelled Selfie but they think these will work? Eeesh.

  3. Candace says:

    If only the Mona Lisa in The Brainy Bunch was Mona Lisa Saperstein.

  4. Buck says:

    These sound terrible. Just terrible.

  5. SJ says:

    The NBA comedy could work; they just need a 7-foot plus basketball player (Tacko Fall anyone?) to fill the lead role.

  6. KMG says:

    I looked at this list of shows and went back to make sure I had read the network name correctly. This sounds like the lineup on one of those networks in the high numbers on the cable lineup that almost no one watches. None of these ideas sounds even remotely appealing.

  7. Ally Oop says:

    Im not much for comedies. Out of the above, maybe only the Dolores and Jermaine one sounds like it has potential. Some of the others might be okay depending on casting. I currently only watch 3 U.S. comedies including Young & Hungry, Big Bang Theory and The Goldbergs (both Selfie and A to Z would have been keepers for me too) but except for Big Bang, which I watch because of the laughs and writing, I tend to go for romantic comedies like Young & Hungry and Selfie or sentimental period comedies like The Goldbergs or Fresh off the Boat.

  8. Temperance says:

    Wow! That’s staggeringly lousy.

  9. David4 says:

    Someone clearly is expanding their comedies again. Probably another stab at Tuesday comedy night?

  10. Bill says:

    They all sound real real bad

  11. Stormy says:

    This defines dismal.