Elton John has inked a deal with ABC and its sister production company Touchstone Television to develop a comedy series about a rock legend. John will executive-produce the still-untitled sitcom, whic

Elton John has inked a deal with ABC and its sister production company Touchstone Television to develop a comedy series about a rock legend. John will executive-produce the still-untitled sitcom, which is expected to have its pilot episode completed by next year.

The show's team also includes Bob Hawley, an associate of the singer who conceived the show. Hawley tells Billboard.biz, "The storylines will draw from over 30 years of Elton John's experiences in the entertainment industry. I had brought this idea to Elton years ago, and the time is right to do the show."

John and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin wrote a new tune, "Him and Us," to be the sitcom's theme song. It is unknown if the song will be released commercially. It does not appear on John's new album, "Peachtree Road," which Universal Records will release Nov. 9.

Hawley says there is a possibility that some of John's famous friends will make cameos in the sitcom. John, who is known for his lengthy tours, will make the necessary accommodations in his schedule to do the sitcom, he adds. "Elton is totally committed to this project."