[10/13/11 - 10:48 PM] Development Update: Thursday, October 13 Updates include: Steven Bochco, David Milch reteam for NBC drama; Aasif Mandvi, Craig Kilborn book comedies at CBS, ABC; and HBO to bring "The Kids Are All Right" to the small screen.
[03/24/11 - 11:50 PM] Development Update: Thursday, March 24 Updates include: Justin Bruening is "Wonder Woman's" Steve Trevor; Mark Deklin joins ABC's "Good Christian Bitches"; and David Ramsey reports to The CW's "Cooper & Stone."
[03/18/11 - 11:37 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 18 Updates include: Christina Applegate to star in Emily Spivey's comedy pilot for NBC; Kevin Dillon, Mary Lynn Rajskub join CBS's "Gentleman"; and Esai Morales is latest to reunite with Ron Moore on NBC's "17th Precinct."
[03/15/11 - 11:17 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, March 15 Updates include: David James Elliott lands first male role ABC's "Good Christian Bitches"; Robert Knepper reports to "Reconstruction" at NBC; and Frances Conroy to join Jenna Elfman in ABC's "Bad Mom."
[02/25/11 - 10:49 PM] Development Update: Friday, February 25 Updates include: Don Johnson to topline "Mann's World" at NBC; David Krumholtz cast in "Playboy," also at NBC; and Kerry Bishe heads for "Iceland" at FOX.
[01/28/11 - 11:11 PM] Development Update: Friday, January 28 Updates include: Greg Grunberg is "Big Mike" for A&E; Geoff Stults to topline FOX's "Bones" spin-off; and a half-dozen more pilots get greenlit.
STATUS: previously in development (2011-2012 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, April 2011) Being a mom is a tough job - which is why Julia (Jenna Elfman) has let her mother (Frances Conroy) handle raising her kids for her. But when grandma decides to get a life, Julia and her husband Ted (Tom Everett Scott) are thrust onto the front lines of parenting. And there are some serious moments of doubt that they'll make it through alive. Let's be frank: Julia Lacey is not a good mother. But if you had to deal with the job stresses that she faces, you'd have trouble remembering where you left your kids, too: was it her friend's house, the indoor playroom, or karate class? That's why when she had children, she decided that she wanted them brought up the way she was, by her perfect mother, Marian. But when Marian finds love and wants a break from taking care of eleven-year-old Rose (Lizze Broadway) and eight-year-old Kirk (Aidan Potter), Julia and her hapless husband Ted have to scramble to get a hold on the whole parenting thing all by themselves. Too bad they just keep making one outrageous mistake after another, like when Julia bribes a waiter at a Chinese restaurant to babysit. Okay, so it may take time before Julia wins mother of the year, but at least she's trying. And it turns out that her totally perfect mother may not have been so perfect after all - just ask her the real reason why Julia lost her fingertip as a child. Perfect is overrated, anyway; being good enough will just have to be ... well, good enough. Executive producing with Aaron Kaplan (Terra Nova), British writer Sharon Horgan (Pulling) draws on the bittersweet lessons she learned from her own parenting experiences to create this outrageous, goodhearted comedy.