Domestical economy became a rare beast when it premiered in April: a broadcast network comedy that increased its ratings during its introduction. The series, which stars Topher Grace and is from Lionsgate and ABC Signature, was quickly renewed for a second season in May.
Inspired by the real-life experiences of writer and executive producer Michael Colton, the series, developed by Colton and John Aboud, documents the uncomfortable but heartwarming relationships of three siblings in very different circumstances: one ultra-wealthy, the another in the middle class, and one scratching.
In the pilot episode – written by Colton and Aboud and directed by Dean Holland – Tom (played by Grace), a struggling middle-class author, ponders whether to risk embarrassment to ask his brother Connor ( Jimmy Tatro), who runs a private equity firm, for a loan when he needs it.
After moving, the siblings got together and immediately started arguing over Tom’s new book, which Sarah, played by Caitlin McGee, considers sexist, but Connor has yet to read. Marina (Karla Souza), Tom’s wife, persuades her husband to ask his brother for money, when their parents (Nora Dunn and Phil Reeves) reveal that Connor was taking them for Thanksgiving. It then emerges that Connor’s wife left him and he was hiding it from them, prompting the siblings to work through their issues together, aided by a ride in toy cars.
Sasheer Zamata, Shiloh Bearman, Jordyn Curet, Chloe Jo Rountree and JeCobi Swain also star.
Colton and Aboud are executive producers alongside Grace and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum of the Tannenbaum Company, which Jason Wang co-produces with Tucker Cawler and Julieanne Smolinski.
You can read the script as the latest installment in Deadline’s It Starts On the Page, a series highlighting the scripts that serve as creative mainstays for the current TV awards season. These scripts are submitted for consideration at this year’s Emmy Awards and were selected based on criteria that include critical acclaim, selection from a wide range of networks and platforms, and a mix of established and lesser-known shows.
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