Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo Reuniting for ABC Comedy Pilot

By January 13, 2014

Chevy Chase - Beverly D'Angelo

Though Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo were previously slated to reunite for a reboot of the Vacation comedy franchise with Ed Helms playing a grown up version of Rusty Griswold taking his family on a vacation of their own, creative differences have stalled the project for the time being. But that doesn’t mean Chase and D’Angelo won’t be together again soon.

EW has word that the duo that played Clark and Ellen Griswold in all four of National Lampoon’s Vacation films will be teaming up for a new single-camera comedy pilot at ABC. This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen them together recently, though – they reprised those iconic roles in a series of Old Navy commercials:

It’s early in development on the project with no writer attached, but the idea hails from Aaron Kaplan, executive producer of ABC’s comedy “The Neighbors” and also Fox’s “Terra Nova.” The series would focus on two 60-something grandparents who end up being forced to raise their grandchildren. And since it’s so early in development, this project won’t even be ready for the 2014-2015 season, and will instead be prepared for 2015-2015 instead.

The project would bring Chase back to TV after his run on “Community” officially came to an end after last season, though Dan Harmon gave him a decent enough send-off this season by way of a pivotal moment as a hologram on the campus of Greendale before killing him off in the most recent episode of the fifth season. It would be interesting if this was a straight-up TV spin-off of the Vacation films, but more than likely, it’s just the allure of these two together as grandparents that will be the gimmick. We’ll keep you posted as this one develops.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.