*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.