Chuck Tatham, a co-exec producer of CBS sitcom The United States of Al, has teamed with Amaze, the production company behind The Lake, Amazon’s first Canadian scripted series, on a new comedy. Tatham, who has also worked on Modern Family and Central Park, has created Return to Edenview. It follows Dr. Billy Wendell, Jr. a successful, charming, high-priced New York plastic surgeon – until his practice implodes and he returns to his hometown to run his dad’s medical practice after “Senior” suddenly dies. Amaze, which was founded by Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence and is behind series including Jason Priestley’s Call Me Fitz and Jerry O’Connell’s Carter, is taking the project out to buyers in the U.S. and internationally.
Wading into a sea of needy patients, nosy neighbors, and drama from his past, Wendell is once again living in his childhood home, with his opinionated, demanding mother making pot roast in the kitchen and his opinionated, unbalanced brother smoking pot in the bathroom. Less a fish out of water than a fish back in water he thought he’d left behind, Billy misses the high life, but when he starts doing “real medicine” for the first time, with all due respect to Park Avenue nose jobs, he rediscovers why he became an MD in the first place.
With the help of his wise-cracking father who appears to him as a ghost, who only Billy can see, the Golden Boy of Edenview uses his talent as a gifted physician to solve all kinds of unusual medical cases, while rebuilding, and blowing up, relationships with the friends, family and lovers he left behind years ago. And he does it while juggling a girlfriend back in NYC who’s doing everything in her power to get Billy to return to his senses – also known as Manhattan.