Somewhere between the relative progressiveness (and hence, poor ratings) of NBC and the over-the-top pandering strategy CBS has employed to great commercial effect, there lies ABC. And that’s exactly where Rory Scovel has landed, as the network has inked a development deal that finds the rising stand-up comedian starring in the multi-camera Big Children, centered on Scovel’s character— an only child in his thirties forced to live with his parents after they retire and who now act like “big children.”
Like ABC, who’s found success in intelligently written shows like Modern Family, Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—-, which all appeal to both mainstream audiences as well as those who like their comedy a little sharp, Scovel, too, has established himself as a versatile commodity, criss-crossing the country for the last few years headlining traditional comedy clubs and hitting festivals, colleges and small theaters, all while proving an understated, oddball approach to comedy can have broad appeal. This was further proven when he was cast in national television spots for both Land Rover and Nissan.
Of course, it’s far too early to say if Big Children will ever see the light of the day, but between Scovel and its writer and showrunner Scott Marder, who co-created FX’s animated series Unsupervised and is an executive producer on the network’s cult hit It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I’d like to think this thing has a chance to survive.
Read our review on Rory Scovel’s comedy album Dilation. And check out Scovel’s recent appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson below!