ABC Orders 'Dream Team' Pilot from HUMANITAS Winner Bill Wrubel
ABC is getting in the game, ordering a soccer-themed comedy pilot from “Will & Grace” alums Bill Wrubel and Kari Lizer, Variety has learned.
“Dream Team,” written and exec produced by Wrubel and Lizer, centers around Marty Schumacher who coached his last club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the national championships — and now, he has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds and their disparate parents.
The single-camera, half hour comedy landed a hefty pilot production commitment during the development cycle, making the hot project nearly a sure thing. Hailing from Lizer’s Logo Here shingle and Wrubel’s Here Comes Scrappy banner, “Dream Team” hails from Warner Bros. TV where both creators are under deals.
The project reunites Wrubel and Lizer, who were both writer/producers on “Will & Grace” with Wrubel rising the ranks on the NBC sitcom to exec producer and Lizer to co-exec producer. Wrubel is a familiar face to ABC, having worked on “Modern Family” and “Ugly Betty.” Lizer created Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s award-winning series “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” which ran for five seasons.