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San Diego setting for new sitcom 'Abby's'

New sitcom set in San Diego currently in pre-production.
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Natalie Morales

San Diego is the setting of a new comedy from Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Shur. The NBC comedy called Abby’s will star Natalie Morales in the titular role as an ex-Army staff sergeant who owns an unlicensed bar of the same name.

The Hollywood Reporter gives a synopsis:

“Morales will play the title role of Abby, a no-nonsense, slight but strong ex-Army staff sergeant who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Warmly convivial but never openly sentimental, Abby has found her calling, hosting friends and newcomers in her open-air backyard bar, where locals find camaraderie and a kind of sanctuary. It's her livelihood and her lifeblood, and she's clearly unnerved when her new landlord shows up citing all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal.”

It’s a wonder why San Diego hasn’t been the subject of more television programs with its great weather, proximity to the military, abbreviated international airport, and unique municipalities.

Netflix’s hit Grace and Frankie is the only current comedy that comes to mind with San Diego as it’s backdrop, but keen-eyed “Finest City” natives probably recognize that exteriors in that show are not the real deal. Since Abby's will use the multicam format, it's likely that show will tape in a Hollywood backlot as well. 

But it's nice to have our city referenced once again to what is hopefully a hit show.

In the past, the city has played host to a number of recognizable characters such as teen detective Veronica Mars, Newsman Ron Burgandy in Anchorman and currently the LGBT family drama The Fosters

Abby's will be written by Josh Malmuth who has created scripts for Superstore and the Zooey Deschanel hit New Girl.