EXCLUSIVE: CBS is developing a single-camera comedy about foster parents and children from feature writers Chris Hazzard and Michael Fontana.
The network produced a half-hour Foster Friends development with You and Gossip Girl producer Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The show follows three foster parents who team up to adopt a sibling group of five children, resulting in three very different parenting groups trying to raise a group of children.
The comedy was inspired by Hazzard’s experience as a foster parent.
Hazzard and Fontana will write and produce, while Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo will also produce.
The writing duo recently wrote Lionsgate’s musical comedy Under Cover, starring Zachary Levi and Cole Sprouse. Her original feature film comedy Adulting has just been set up at Sony with Studio 8 production, and Amazon Studios recently selected the rights to Ex-Mas, whose feature film comedy is based, as an option to Kate Brian’s 2009 book of the same name.
The latter project is also produced by Alloy Entertainment, which is also producing a new version of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin for HBO Max. The company is also developing an adaptation of Ibi Zoboi’s Roman Pride with Snowfall writer Aziza Barnes and Natasha Rothwell of Insecure for HBO.
Foster Friends is the latest comedy development CBS has made for the 2021/22 season. The broadcaster recently issued a penalized script engagement for “How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Emotions,” a single-camera comedy inspired by the book by TikTok star Sarah Cooper and a doo-wop college Comedy by Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, the makers of Sherman, designed showcase and south side.
Hazzard and Fontana are re-performed by Anonymous Content and Morris Yorn.