Shondaland comedy Toast, Reese Witherspoon drama get ABC pilots
ABC has ordered five comedy pilots, including Shondaland’s wedding-themed Toast, and five drama pilots, including an untitled project about a divorce attorney from Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard.
Written by Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg, Toast is set during a wedding rehearsal dinner as family and friends recall anecdotes about the happy couple — but flashbacks reveal the unvarnished truth behind the tales. Foley and Grunberg will executive produce alongside Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Meaghan Oppenheimer wrote the untitled drama about a ruthless Dallas divorce attorney whose life is thrown into chaos by the reappearance of her troubled sister. Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea are the executive producers, with Oppenheimer as co-executive producer.
The other drama pilots are Time After Time, Kevin Williamson’s time-travel tale centering on the young H.G. Wells; Spark, Michael Cooney’s alternate-history soap about two rival families and a rebellious young woman; The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez, Charise Castro Smith’s rags-to-riches story about a Miami entrepreneur; and Notorious, Josh Berman and Allie Hagan’s exploration of criminal law and the media.
On the comedy side, the network also picked up Hail Mary, Brian Gallivan and Seth Gordon’s story of a young mayor who fakes a miracle; Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay’s untitled project about an unapologetic lesbian and her high-strung straight male best friend; The Fluffy Shop, starring Gabriel Iglesias as a stepfather and boss trying to balance his home and work lives; and Sarah Dunn’s The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport, about a strong-willed mother raising her flawed family in a snooty town.