ABC Developing US Version Of “Motherland” Called “Drop-Off”
Earlier this week, it was revealed that ABC was developing a pilot for a US remake of the British comedy series, “Motherland” and it has now been confirmed by Deadline. The new pilot is going by the working title of “Drop-Off” and is going to star “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Ellie Kemper, who will also be an executive producer. The new show will also star Karan Soni (Deadpool)
“Drop-Off ” will centre around Julia (Kemper), a working mom for whom nothing is working, so she goes looking for her village. With the help of new friends Calvin (Soni) and Liz, Julia discovers she just might succeed at balancing work and parenting from time to time. This is a comedy for anybody who’s dropped their kids at school, breathed a sigh of relief … then realized it’s Sunday.
Julieanne Smolinski is writing it, and she will also be an executive producer, along with Sharon Mountford, Stacy Greenberg and Kira Carstensen for Merman Television, Paul Feig and Dan Magnante for Feigco Entertainment as well as Holly Walsh and Helen Serafinowicz.
The show is being created by Also working on the project are Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman Television, Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment, Lionsgate and ABC Signature. While Michael Showalter will direct the pilot, he has previously worked on “The Big Sick”.
The original “Motherland” series is set in a middle-class suburb of London and stars Anna Maxwell Martin (A Spy Among Friends) as the disorganized Julia, Diane Morgan (Cunk on Earth) as single mother Liz and Paul Ready as stay-at-home dad Kevin Brady. The trio are a group of misfits parents, joined in later seasons by Tanya Moodie’s crazy working mom Meg, fighting against the mean girls, including Lucy Punch’s Amanda, while dealing with school politics.
Should the pilot get the greenfight, we should expect to see the show released on ABC and Hulu in the US and internationally as a Star Original on Disney+.
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