ABC Bets You Can Laugh at Recession
Sitcom pilots follow a failed Wall Street exec, fired young bankers
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2009 11:47 AM CST
Starbucks Corp. Chairman Howard Schultz drinks a cup of coffee brewed with the new "Clover" machine. An ABC pilot lampoons the $8000 coffeemaker, which means Starbucks might not want to be a sponsor.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Have you heard the one about the Wall Street millionaire who lost his job because of the collapsing economy, then had to actually hang out with his family?  ABC is hoping you will want to next fall, when Kelsey Grammer will star as that modern-day Mr. Mom. The untitled project is one of two recession-themed pilots from ABC, reports Advertising Age.

The other show, called Canned, follows the lives of several young investment bankers who lose their jobs in the first episode. “It’s really about young people who’ve been forced to take stock of their lives,” the executive producer explains. The Friends-like show is expected to integrate product placement into its plots.