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ABC Orders Pilot for Courtney B. Vance-Felicity Huffman Comedy ‘Libby & Malcolm’

Courtney B. Vance attends the Paramount Pictures with The Cinema Society & Svedka Host An After Party For "Office Christmas Party" at Mr. Purple at the Hotel Indigo LES on December 5, 2016 in New York City.
Courtney B. Vance attends the Paramount Pictures with The Cinema Society & Svedka Host An After Party For “Office Christmas Party” at Mr. Purple at the Hotel Indigo LES on December 5, 2016 in New York City.

*ABC has given a pilot order for the comedy “Libby & Malcolm,” the half-hour single-camera project starring Courtney B. Vance and Felicity Huffman as a couple on opposite sides of the political spectrum who fall in love despite all odds and form an insta-family as well as a work partnership.

The comedy, first announced in September, marks ABC’s first official pilot order of the 2017-18 season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Vance plays Malcolm, a smooth, confident liberal pundit and father of three who arms himself with cold, hard facts and an irresistible easy charm that wins over everyone he meets. Malcolm recently married Libby (Huffman), a strong, brilliant Republican who won his heart by knocking him off his feet. Now they’ll forge a new life together at home against all odds while going head-to-head at work on their fiery new political talk show.

Should “Libby & Malcolm” move forward to series, it would film around Vance’s schedule for “American Crime Story: Katrina,” the second season of FX’s anthology from Ryan Murphy. “Katrina” is scheduled to shoot in the summer.

The single-camera comedy is being co-written by “Black-ish” creator-showrunner Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel. Vance also will executive produce alongside Barris, Patel, Huffman and Brian Dobbins.

The comedy is produced in-house at ABC Studios, where Barris is under an overall deal.

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