After a reportedly contentious bidding war, a new "family comedy" starring Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons and Justine Simmons has been given a vote of confidence from ABC Studios and Amblin TV. The untitled comedy will also be produced by the Simmons alongside Michael Lehman of Simmons Lehman Productions, Deadline reported Monday.
ABC slapped the series with a put pilot commitment after a "very competitive" battle with multiple networks. Jeremy Bronson, known for his previous work on The Mindy Project and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, is penning the scripts with some "supervising" assistance from Grandfathered producer Jhoni Marchinko.
Though not autobiographical in nature, the series centers on a famous rapper whose wife's sudden pursuit of stardom puts a wrench in his plans for a more relaxed lifestyle. Rev Run and Justine, as fellow MTV scholars will note, previously had a confirmed smash with the network's reality series Run's House. The show introduced viewers to Rev Run and Justine's family life and ultimately ran for six well-watched seasons.
Bronson is now in hella deep with ABC, as he recently secured a cast-contingent pilot deal for another untitled comedy about a struggling hip-hop artist who incidentally becomes mayor. The tentatively titled City Mayor also earned an executive producer credit from Daveed Diggs, a.k.a. the clipping dude and the Hamilton dude.