ABC has ordered a pilot for a rom-com series titled “Ordinary People,” from John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
As first reported by Deadline, “Ordinary People” follows the story of an interracial couple with opposite personalities and big-time aspirations. Loosely inspired by Legend and Teigen’s real-life relationship, music will also be a significant aspect of the show, which shares its name with Legend’s 2004 hit.
“Ordinary People” will be written by Tracy Oliver (Survivor’s Remorse), while “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris will act as executive producer of the comedy along with Legend and Teigen.
In 2012, Legend and his Get Lifted Film Company signed an exclusive deal with Universal Cable Productions in 2012, to develop TV series for both cable and broadcast networks, calling it the “next step forward in building Get Lifted.”
Since then, Legend’s company has sold a handful of projects to various networks, including a comedy project loosely based on his years growing up (Fox); a crime drama titled “The Edge,” about an idealistic Harvard Business School graduate who joins a progressive financial firm, where he discovers the company’s dark secrets while becoming entangled in a high-stakes FBI investigation (USA Network); a drama to HBO titled “Down Lo,” set in South Beach, Miami, and was described as an edgy ensemble drama with intersecting stories, one of which will follow a gay rapper living on the “down low” as homosexuality is still not readily accepted in the hip-hop community; and a Showtime network half-hour comedy about music managers – something that Legend himself knows a little something about likely.