Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's Comedy Bought by ABC

October 06, 2011 08:16:09 GMT

The 'Men in Black' actor and his wife have sold the untitled Romeo project to the network with singer Anthony Santos attached to star.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are teaming up for a small screen project. The high-profile couple, along with their business partner James Lassiter, has sold a multicamera comedy to ABC, The Hollywood Reporter says.

The untitled Romeo project has tapped singer Anthony Santos aka Romeo to star as a charismatic Dominican-American from Washington Heights. The show follows him as he tries to please his very traditional, immigrant father while also creating a life that reflects his new vision of the American Dream.

The father-son relationship is slightly based on Santos' real-life relationship with his father, although the main character differs from the former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura. Chris Pappas and Mike Bernier ("Unhitched", "One Night Stan") are on board to serve as writers and executive producers, while Will, Jada and Lassiter are listed as non-writing executive producers.

The Smiths have previously brought "The Karate Kid" and "The Secret Life of Bees" to the big screen and produced Broadway's "Fela!". Jada's medical drama series "Hawthorne" which she was executive producing, however, was canceled by TNT in early September.

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posted by john doak on Oct 11, 2011
At some point, will Will Smith apologize to black people around the world for "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." I mean, didn't Jimmie "JJ" Walker have to apologize for "Good Times"? Just askin'.
posted by john doak on Oct 11, 2011
Neither Will nor Jada has done anything decent since Will's "Independence Day." Be honest: Jada's "Hawthorne" TV show was totally unwatchable and Will's "I Robot" and "I Legend" were really hard to take. Not much better was Will's "HappYness," the most depressing film since "The Day Lincoln Was Shot" -- just painful to watch. Maybe Will should do "Independence Day 2" or just give it up.
posted by LadyMs60 on Oct 10, 2011
Looking forward to Jada's next project. Hawthorne was axed and TNT has many no drama boring shows on the air.

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