Morning talk show co-host duo Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest will be the first to have a TV show created based on their working relationship on Live with Kelly and Ryan. The two will be executive producing the single camera ABC pilot with Casey Johnson and David Windsor as writers.
The comedy series, titled Work Wife, will explore a friendship between a male-female team who are able to balance their professional success, personal friendship, while also sharing deodorant, according to Variety. Unlike Ripa and Seacrest’s partnership as TV personalities, the show will be set in the world of real estate.
Characters Dani and Scott split from their boss to start their own team, having to reply on each other. The show will delve into the professional and personal lives of the character, while they maintain a platonic relationship.
Ordered by ABC Studios, the project was given the greenlight in October 2018 but was to be a multi-camera show written by Michael Ian Black. Now Windsor and Johnson will be taking over as both writers and executive producers, with both ABC and ABC Studios on the project. Ripa’s Milojo Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions will also be producing the show.
Windsor and Johnson have previously worked on popular shows such as ABC’s The Real O’Neals and NBC’s This Is Us. Todd Holland, known for HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show and Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle, is on board as director, as well as serving as executive producer.
Ripa has been on the morning show since 2001 and Seacrest joined as co-host in 2017. Both are under overall deals with ABC Studios. Work Wife is one of a few ABC comedy pilots recently ordered with Prospect and My Village also in the developmental stages.
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Sorry if this announcement puts you to sleep, but it’s an @abtvhd regram Attention: ABC has given a pilot order to Work Wife, a single-camera comedy inspired by the real-life partnerships of co-hosts and longtime friends @kellyripa and @ryanseacrest and David Windsor and Casey Johnson, the longtime writing-producing team behind The Real O’Neals. Todd Holland (The Real O’Neals) has been tapped to direct the pilot. Windsor and Johnson executive produce with Holland, along with Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini for Milojo Productions and Seacrest, Nina Wass and Andrea Shay for Ryan Seacrest Productions. Michael Halpern is director of development for Milojo. ABC Studios is the studio. @milojoprods