STATUS: previously in development (2010-2011 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, March 2010) There comes a time in every family man's life when he has to choose between his big screen TV and his family. For Hugh Pell, that day has arrived. Hugh is determined to change his ways and remind his wife why she married him in the first place. Unfortunately, miracles don't happen overnight. Sure, Hugh Pell has some redeeming qualities. They're just buried deep down inside of him. His wife Katie married him because he was sweet, funny and generous. Over the years, however, he's become clueless, misguided and, well, let's face it, just plain rude. In fact, when Hugh goes in for his annual review, he finds out just how unlikable he's become. Hugh's sweet boss has to break it to him that, even though he's very good at his job, he's been passed up for promotion because no one can stand him. Hugh goes home, hoping for some sympathy, but it turns out he's not very popular there, either. He never listens to his wife, misses his son's soccer games, and has completely failed to notice that his 12-year-old daughter is now actually 13. Even his slacker brother Chad, who crashes on their couch, has to admit that living with Hugh is no great shakes. Right then and there, Hugh decides he wants to be a better man. No, not just a better man... a better American. Unfortunately for Hugh, after a lifetime of bad behavior, that's going to be a lot harder than he thinks. Created by Scrubs' Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, How to Be A Better American introduces hilarious every-dad, Hugh Pell. Despite his best intentions, Hugh is comically incapable of doing the right thing. He's never going to be perfect, but he's trying hard to at least be the guy his wife fell in love with.