ABC Greenlights The More Things Change

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ABC has greenlit the comedy pilot “The More Things Change,” a buddy comedy from Things We Lost in the Fire screenwriter Allan Loeb and Old School director Todd Phillips.

Variety says the project, from Regency TV, revolves around four male pals whose friendship endures several life-altering changes.

“We were both interested in male relationships, and ‘guy’s guys.’ I have a large group of male friends, and came up with the idea. I told Todd, and he was interested,” Loeb said.

The single-camera comedy follows the tale of thirtysomething guys at different life stages: One just got married and is adjusting to his newfound commitment; another is a successful Alpha male; a third suffers through a disastrous dating life; the last one undergoes an “identity crisis” in the pilot, Loeb said.

“The tone is very real, it’s not over the top,’ he added. “It’s got the Judd Apatow tone — funny, but with real heart.”

Loeb is set to executive produce, along with his Scarlet Fire partner Steven Pearl. Phillips will also executive produce through his Green Hat Films.

Casting is under way now for “The More Things Change,” which is set to start shooting by the end of the year.