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Fox Inks First-Look Deal for 'Abandon'

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Fox has some abandonment issues.

The network has inked a first-look deal for Living With Abandon, an independently produced single-camera comedy pilot.

Written by Richie Keen and Heath Corson (Hooked) and directed by Keen, Abandon stars Todd Grinnell, Ed Quinn, Melissa Peterman, Rachel Specter and 14-year-old Nick Dodani as the members of an abandonment support group who suffer a blow when their therapist commits suicide. Left to fend for themselves, the members band together to solve each other's issues.

"This is a show about the family that we all chose in life," Keen said. "This is a group of people who wouldn't normally know each other but chose to be each other's family."

Keen is executive producing Abandon, with Michael Binkow and Joe Revello serving as co-exec producers and Corson as supervising producer.

Keen and Corson originally took the idea for Abandon to Fox 21, where they had a script deal two years ago but ended up penning a different project. The two later pitched it to Fox, which has been looking for ways to do comedy series on a budget.

Keen -- a writer, director, producer, actor and acting coach -- recently produced and helmed the indie comedy pilot Below the Law, which won a top prize at the New York TV Festival. He is repped by CAA and manager Scott Fedro.

Peterman (Reba) is repped by APA and manager Darris Hatch. Grinnell (Hollywoodland) is with UTA and Valeo Entertainment. Quinn (Eureka) is with ICM and the Burstein Co. Specter (The House Bunny) is with Innovative and Kritzer Levine Wilkins.