[08/13/08 - 06:59 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, August 13 Updates include: ABC locks casting on 18 pilots; Cynthia Stevenson set for "Surviving Suburbia" at The CW; and Jennifer Lopez to bring "Maid in Manhattan" to the small screen at ABC.
[06/09/08 - 05:21 PM] Development Update: Monday, June 9 Updates include: FX buries "Dirt" after two seasons; Amber Tamblyn to topline ABC's "The Unusuals"; and VH1 looks for "Screams Queens."
[05/30/08 - 04:04 PM] Development Update: Friday, May 30 Updates include: Keith Robinson reports for ABC's "Good Behavior"; MyNetworkTV eyes Tony Rock-led sketch comedy series; and Nicole Ari Parker to play wife to Damon Wayans on ABC's "Never Better."
[05/13/08 - 02:59 PM] The Futon's Upfront Notes: Abc Updates include: "Boston Legal" to end; "Here Come the Newlyweds" and "Dance War" may return; and details on the 17 pilots under consideration for midseason.
[05/01/08 - 06:11 PM] Development Update: Thursday, May 1 Updates include: Damon Wayans is "Never Better" for ABC; David Alan Basche to be the new ex of Debra Messing on USA's "Starter Wife"; and Jessica Stroup to move to The CW's "90210."
[04/03/08 - 12:00 AM] Development Update: Thursday, April 3 Updates include: E! renews "Sunset Tan"; ABC adds three new single-camera comedy pilots; and Al Roker to host NBC's "Celebrity Family Feud."
STATUS: previously in development (2008-2009 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release) For recovering alcoholic Keith, being the perfect husband and father is a sobering ambition. Despite his best, misguided efforts, Keith always finds himself at least 12 steps away from doing the right thing… and just around the corner from complete chaos. Based on the addictive BBC series of the same name, Never Better introduces us to a family unlike any other. Wife Allison, Keith's college sweetheart, is a former party girl-turned-mother. Now, she's busy raising three children… ages four, seven and 33. When he's not causing trouble at home, Keith's wreaking havoc with his second family – his AA group. No-nonsense sponsor Linda keeps him on his toes, but his occasional missteps are a hard habit to break. With a mix of warmth, humor and heart, Keith acquires a real thirst for life… flaws and all. Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) stars as a charming-but-challenged dad hooked on life's sweetest addiction… family. Never Better is an intoxicating single-camera comedy from executive producers David Walpert (Sports Night), Warren Littlefield and John Heyman and Emmy award-winning director Marc Buckland (My Name is Earl).