ABC will be developing Melting Potts, a single-camera comedy from Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company and ABC Studios, where the company is based. This marks the second network sale for Simpson Street in the company’s first development season since entering an overall deal with ABC Studios in April.
Written by Ryan Jaffe (This Is Happening), Melting Potts centers on a blended family made up of equal parts Indian, Muslim, Jewish, and New Jersey. It is about a newly married couple struggling against culture, tradition and generations to build their idea of a “normal” American family.
Jaffe will executive produce the project alongside Washington and producing partner Sharla Sumpter Bridgett.
Earlier this year, Washington signed an overall deal with ABC Studios for her newly launched production company Simpson Street (named after the street where Washington’s mom grew up in the Bronx). Under the two-year agreement, Simpson Street will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature. Washington and Sumpter Bridgett also are executive producing ABC drama project Patrol, about four female LAPD officers, which is written by Chitra Elizabeth Sampath.
In 2012 Washington joined the cast of Scandal, and became the first black woman to lead an American network drama series since 1974. During her second season on Scandal, she went on to become the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years.