The music of songwriter Diane Warren, who has written hits for such acts as Aerosmith and Celine Dion, has inspired a romantic comedy at ABC.
The network has ordered a script for a pilot that centers on a fictional female songwriter who is just finding success in her career as a prolific writer of love songs but whose own love life is amiss. The project will follow her as she re-enters the dating world while trying to maintain her career.
It comes from producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, of Storyline Entertainment, whose credits include the Oscar-winning feature “Chicago.”
Zadan pointed out that it’s not going to be a biographical take on Warren’s life, nor will it aim to be an inside look at showbiz.
He added the show will feature music from Warren’s catalog — which includes such songs as LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live,” Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” — as well as new songs written by her for the show.
“We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to figure out a way that music is not obtrusive but part of the show?”‘ Zadan said. “Music is organic to this show. It’s not shoe-horned in at all.”
Zadan and Meron worked with Warren on the 1999 ABC musical “Double Platinum” — she wrote a song for stars Brandy and Diana Ross titled “Love Is All That Matters” — and Zadan said that they had been interested in collaborating again.
Warren will serve as an executive consultant. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“Never Been Kissed”) created the project and are writing the pilot.