Lionsgate Television Group June 16 announced it has signed a new scripted television development deal with producers Michael Colton and John Aboud, creators of LGTV’s comedy series “Home Economics” for ABC and Hulu, recently renewed for a third season and based on Colton’s family.
In addition to “Home Economics,” Colton and Aboud wrote and produced the Netflix movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture, starring Will Forte, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. They also executive produced two seasons of HBO Max’s animated series “Close Enough,” wrote the DreamWorks Animation feature Penguins of Madagascar, and worked on the Adult Swim television series “Childrens Hospital”.
The creative pair won a WGA Award in 2019 for writing on the Comedy Central special “The Fake News With Ted Nelms.” Previously, they founded the online magazine Modern Humorist and appeared regularly as panelists on the VH1 shows “Best Week Ever” and “I Love the ’80s.”
“We’re excited to extend and expand our relationship with them, and we’re pretty sure our new deal guarantees that we can direct the next Saw movie,” Colton and Aboud said in a statement.
Scott Herbst, EVP of television and head of scripted development, said Colton and Aboud have their “fingers on the pulse” of television comedy today.
“I don’t remember exactly what their deal says but if anyone can turn the next installment of Saw into a quirky and heartwarming family comedy, it’s Michael and John,” Herbst said.
With more than 100 series spanning its scripted, unscripted, Debmar-Mercury and 3 Arts businesses, Lionsgate Television recently reported one of its best years ever, with 14 new shows picked up to series and a track record of 15-for-15 in current series renewed for additional seasons. In addition to Colton and Aboud, Lionsgate Television has prolific talent partnerships with 3 Arts Entertainment, BBC Studios, Paul Feig, Katori Hall, Bob Greenblatt, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and Carl Beverly and Sarah Timmerman, among others.
Colton and Aboud are repped by CAA and attorney Jared Levine.