ABC has bought a pilot script from writer Larry Reitzer in a move that will likely inspire the ranks of those toiling in Hollywood assistantdom.

Reitzer, who’s worked for the past four years as an assistant to writer-producer Marsh McCall (“Just Shoot Me,” “My Big Fat Greek Life”), broke through with a script about a quiet gay man who lives with his man’s-man of a brother, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project is set up at Warner Bros. TV.

He will write the script and serve as an executive producer with McCall, whose eponymous production company, based at Warner Bros., is also attached.

ABC sets date for ‘Blue’ finale

After a dozen seasons and 260 episodes on the air, “NYPD Blue” will catch its last case at the end of February sweeps.

ABC, which announced earlier this year that this season would be the last for “Blue,” has set a series finale date for the venerable cop show. “Blue” will bow out with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, March 1 – one day before the February sweeps period ends.

The network is also sticking to its promise to air the final season without repeats. After an original episode on Tuesday (Dec. 21), “Blue” will take two weeks off – including one for the broadcast of college football’s Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 – then return for a final run of eight episodes starting Jan. 11.

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