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Raised by Wolves - Comedy Adaptation in Development at ABC, Produced by Greg Berlanti

Note: Click the link/source below to view the trailer for the U.K.'s Raised by Wolves.

Juno writer Diablo Cody has teamed with Berlanti Prods. for Raised by Wolves, an adaptation of the 2015 U.K. comedy series, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus penalty.

Written by Cody, Raised by Wolves centers on Sheila Gable, a single parent and one tough mother. Joining Sheila are her dad and five offbeat kids as they try to survive on a shoestring budget in a (not) beautiful Midwestern town.

The half-hour, single-camera Raised by Wolfs is part of a push into comedy for Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods., which has six drama series on the air. It is expected to be the first of several half-hour projects taken out this year by the Warner Bros. TV-based company, which Berlanti runs with president Sarah Schechter.

It was Schechter who fell in love with the Channel 4 series Raised by Wolves, which was created and written by popular British columnist and author Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline based on their childhood experience. (you can watch a trailer for the first of the show’s two seasons below.)

As she began chasing the rights to the series, Schechter reached out to Cody about joining the project as a producer as Schechter felt that Caitlin Moran shared a similar sensibility with the Oscar winner and the show featured the type of central characters Cody knows and does very well — smart teenagers and a strong mother. Not only did Cody come on board, she offered to write the adaptation. After securing the U.S. rights from U.K. producer Big Talk in a competitive situation, Berlanti Prods. went on to develop the project internally, with Cody writing a pilot script, tapping into her Midwest upbringing to transplant the comedy from the British Midlands to middle America. Caitlin Moran was involved in the process, giving notes.

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