ABC Picks Up Autobiographical Comedy from Sofia Vergara
According to Deadline, ABC has picked up an autobiographical single-camera comedy from MODERN FAMILY's Sofia Vergara and Latin World Entertainment. Gail Mancuso, who recently nabbed an Emmy, will direct the pilot.
Titled RAISING MOM, the project "is inspired by Vergara's experiences raising her son and follows a young single mom and her 21-year-old son who discover that they have done a pretty good job of raising each other, only now they decide it might be time to gain some independence. The idea for the show was conceived by Balaguer from observing Vergara's relationship with her son during the more than 20 years he has been producing partners with the Colombian-born actress."
Aside from MODERN FAMILY, Vergara appeared on the big screen in Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns and Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail for Lionsgate, and on ABC-TV's breakout hit "Dirty Sexy Money," where she played the free-spirited love interest to the youngest Darling son.
Before that, she played the sexy Columbian actress who stirred things up on last season's "Entourage" on HBO. In 2008 Vergara starred as Alicia in "Amasde Casa Desesperadas" the Latin-tailored version of the television megahit "Desperate Housewives." She also starred in the FOX comedy feature Chasing Papi.
Earlier this month, Vergara began work on the new ABC-TV pilot "An American Family."
In 2002, Vergara was awarded the Women of Hope Award by the City of Hope Organization as one of the outstanding role models for future generations. In 2007, Sofia was named one of The 25 Most Powerful Hispanic Women in the Entertainment Industry by The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.
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