Post by: Sal
The post-strike development rush will likely begin in earnest pretty soon, but ABC has already gotten a jump on things.
The network has ordered a comedy pilot from "Will & Grace" creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. The Emmy-winning duo wrote the script before the strike, the showbiz trade papers report, and Warner Bros. TV, where they're based, began shopping it as writers went back to work last week.
Like their previous shows -- which also include "Good Morning, Miami" and "Four Kings" -- the ABC pilot will be a traditional, multi-camera show. It centers on two best friends, one straight and one gay, who are also business partners. Each is also in a serious relationship, which sometimes puts strain on their own friendship.
The project is based at least in part on the writers' own lives: Kohan, who's straight, and Mutchnick, who's gay, have been friends since high school and writing partners for 15-plus years.
Kohan and Mutchnick sold a similar show to CBS last year, about the relationship between a writing team and their assistants. Rather than reworking that script, however, they started from scratch.