ABC has just made an order for a new sitcom starting Last Man Standing star Kristen Schaal. The new comedy, which has yet to be titled, is set to be told from the perspective of a child, and is expected to focus on the importance of family in one’s life.
The comedy series was created by Simon Rich, a man who is deeply familiar with the television genre. Rich was also the creator of FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, a sitcom that- despite only running for three seasons- did emass a cult following during its time. In addition to this successful project, Rich has also written novels, short comedic stories, and for two of the longest-running comedies in television history, The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
Rich is set to executive produce the new series for ABC, as well as serve as one of the writers, further connecting him to this exciting project. In addition to her acting role, Schaal will also serve as a producer on the show.
Like Rich, Schaal is another well-known figure in the comedy scene, having already starred in many roles of her own. She can be seen in 30 Rock as well as in the movie Dinner for Shmucks in addition to the aforementioned Last Man on Earth, in which she co-starred with the irreverent Will Forte of SNL fame. The show, which ran for four seasons, was cancelled just recently, much to the disappointment of fans of the zany program. In addition to her abilities in front of the camera, Schaal has also had many appearances as a voice actress. She can be heard in BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, as well as in her starring roles in Gravity Falls and Netflix’s Bob’s Burgers.
There has yet to be a lot of information released about this new series, including that regarding additional casting, plot points, or a premiere date. However, the extensive comedic backgrounds of the two names already attached prove the potential the program already has to succeed. ABC has also had many successful family sitcoms throughout the past few years, a category that otherwise seems to have faded within the past few decades, including Modern Family, Black-ish, and The Goldbergs, further depicting the ability this show has, even before production.