Chevy Chase’s vacation from TV will continue. ABC has decided not to give a series order to a sitcom pilot starring Chase and his former Vacation co-star Beverly D’Angelo.
The network has passed on Chev & Bev, a comedy starring the two actors as “baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren.”
The move is slightly surprising, since the duo is getting a surge of publicity thanks to the upcoming Vacation reboot movie (trailer below), in which Chase and D’Angelo reprise their roles from the 1983 original National Lampoon’s Vacation. (Ed Helms plays their now-grown son, Rusty.) Chase exited his last sitcom, NBC’s Community, after four years in 2013 following some behind-the-scenes conflicts.
The news comes on the heels of ABC ordering six dramas, including Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch, Don Johnson’s untitled oil boom project, biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, FBI thriller Quantico, anthology series Wicked City and the Joan Allen-starring project The Family. The network also ordered three comedies: a reboot of The Muppets, Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken and Dan Savage’s The Real O’Neals, which stars Martha Plimpton.
We’re in the thick of a frantic period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and some verdicts on existing shows, as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details.