Viola Davis Just Sold A Comedy To ABC Through Her Own Production Company


By Victor Trammell

Actress and TV producer Viola Davis (pictured) has just made another major move in her illustrious career in entertainment.

According to, the 51-year-old “How to Get Away With Murder” star has sold a new comedy series in development to ABC. The 30-minute TV series will be called “The Zipcoders” and is under the umbrella of JuVee Productions, Davis’ film production company.

Screenwriter Marshall Todd (who wrote for the Barbershop film franchise) is the man behind the script for the new comedy show. Elizabeth Wagmeister, a columnist for Variety wrote the following about the concept behind “Zipcoders.”

“Set in 1968, [Zipcoders] is about a divorced mother of three who moves her family to the East Side of Austin, Texas, soon after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in an effort to be closer to her estranged sister. Once there, to the utter bewilderment of friends, family and the community at large, her teenage son forms a rock ‘n’ roll band with his group of friends who aspire to be like The Beatles.” (

Davis will also serve as an executive producer for the new upcoming ABC comedy series. “This project gives me the opportunity to tell a story that, while specific to the African-American experience, doesn’t travel in the usual tropes,” Todd told Variety.

“As a parent, I was inspired to tell a story from the dual perspective of parents and children in a world where the rules are constantly changing. Music has always been a passion of mine and to be able to use it to inform this particular narrative was a provocative challenge. I have found in Viola and the squad at JuVee the perfect co-conspirators dedicated to telling the types of stories that entertain while contributing to the larger cultural conversation.” Todd continued.




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