John Leguizamo is one step closer to returning to television…
The 48-year-old Colombian-American actor/comedian has just received his third comedy pilot order from in the last 12 months.
The still-untitled multi-camera comedy is based on Leguizamo’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York as reflected in his one-man shows. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting a little too spoiled and are losing touch with reality.
Leguizamo co-wrote the script for the pilot with former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner Chris Sheridan.
The project has been in the works since early February of last year, when Leguizamo signed a development deal with ABC and ABC Studios to develop a comedy inspired by his life for him to star in and executive produce.
But only a week later, Leguizamo was cast in the ABC/ABC Studios pilot The Kings of Van Nuys (then called Only Fools and Horses). After passing on the Kings of Van Nuys pilot in May, ABC brass ordered a new, reworked version of the adaptation of the UK series Only For Fools and Horses. The network then passed on the second pilot in early December, clearing the way for Leguizamo’s original project.