Deadline is reporting that ABC has made some major decisions in terms of its 2020-21 pilot slate.
Biggest among them is opting not to move forward with thirtysomething sequel thirtysomething(else), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa vampire soap The Brides, and Jason Lee family comedy Valley Trash. ABC was initially quite passionate about sequelizing the acclaimed ’80s drama, but the series was squeezed out due to a lack of slots, stronger drama contenders, and concerns about expense, filming in Canada (which requires quarantine), and a lack of star power in the cast.
There’s been no word as to why the network opted to pass on The Brides and Valley Trash. ABC Studios is said to be shopping thirtysomething(else), a co-production with MGM, and WB co-production The Brides.
With some high profile contenders officially passed on, ABC set its intentions to film five pilots from its 2020-21 slate – Katey Sagal legal drama Rebel; family restaurant soap Harlem’s Kitchen, which stars Oscar hopeful Delroy Lindo; multi-cam Bossy (fka Kids Matter Now); socioeconomic sibling comedy Home Economics; and Work Wife, a comedy based on the relationship between Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Adopted, National Parks Service, and Triage have been rolled into ABC’s “second cycle” development pipeline, while western comedy Prospect, plane crash drama Wreckage, and an untitled Emily Kapnek comedy are still in limbo.