"Surviving Suburbia," a comedy initially intended for The CW, is moving into a higher-end neighborhood.
The series, which stars Bob Saget as a husband and father who finds it hard to be left alone in his suburban neighborhood, has found a new home at ABC. The show will debut at 9:30 p.m. ET Monday, April 6, following "Dancing with the Stars."
"Surviving Suburbia" was initially part of The CW's deal with studio Media Rights Capital to program the fifth-place network's Sunday night and was slated for a November premiere. When the other MRC shows tanked, however, The CW severed its deal, and it appeared that the series would join the likes of "The Ortegas," "Fearless" and "The Singles Table" as shows that were picked up but never aired.
ABC, however, was in the market for a family-friendly comedy and entered into talks with MRC about acquiring "Suburbia," which has 13 episodes in the can. The deal results in a huge upgrade for the show, which will have a lead-in audience of about 18 million to 20 million people, thanks to "Dancing with the Stars." That's about 27 times bigger than the audience for "In Harm's Way," the show "Suburbia" was to have followed on The CW.
The pickup results in something of a homecoming for Saget, who starred in "Full House" and hosted "America's Funniest Home Videos" on ABC in the early '90s.
"Surviving Suburbia" also stars Cynthia Stevenson ("Men in Trees") as Saget's wife and Jared Kusnitz and G Hannelius as their kids. Dan Cortese ("What I Like About You") and Jere Burns ("Good Morning, Miami") will have recurring roles.
"Roseanne" and "Reba" veteran Kevin Abbott created the series and is executive producing with Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis.