Stangel Brothers To Pen New ABC, Worldwide Pants Project

by ScreenCraft Staff on October 8, 2013

Fox has given a put pilot commitment for a new comedy produced by ABC Studios and David Letterman's Worldwide Pants.

Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel, veteran Late Show writers, are penning the script for the project, which is a currently untitled. The show is a multi-camera, family comedy starring singer-actor Harry Connick Jr. The show follows Connick Jr's character, a successful entertainer and single father, who takes a break from the music business to spend more time with his teenage daughter.

The Stangel brothers are currently under a development deal with Worldwide Pants.  Previously, the brothers worked as the head writers for the Late Show for 14 years. They grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y., and Eric studied journalism at Syracuse University while Justin went to film school in Australia. After school when they returned to New York, the brothers formed a comedy troupe, Big City Comedy.

They got their start in Hollywood after doing some freelance work for Norm McDonald for “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live .

In a 2000 Q & A with the brothers by Jason Gay of The New York Observer, Eric Stangel said, about getting their big break: "We faxed jokes for months and never heard anything. There was no acknowledgment that they even received them, so one day we called to make sure they were even getting them. We called, and they said, ‘Yeah, yeah, we know who you are.’ That Saturday, we tuned in and our first joke was on."

Their work led to writing positions for Saturday Night Live, then the Late Show with David Letterman, where they significantly helped shaped the show for 14 years.

In an article about the deal with the Stangel brothers, Worldwide Pants and Fox, Deadline reported, "This is the latest major commitment from an outside network for an ABC Studios comedy in the studio’s first season actively selling on the open marketplace. … It marks the first sale for the Stangels under the overall deal they inked with Late Show producer Worldwide Pants in January when they stepped down as head writers after a 14-year stint but remained writers on the CBS late-night show."

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