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ABC Developing "Awkward Family Photos" into Series

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Reuters: In the latest viral Web sensation to land a broadcast comedy deal, the concept behind the popular blog and book "Awkward Family Photos" has been picked up by ABC.

Akward Family Photos

Sony Pictures TV is producing the project for the network.

Contractually, ABC's show will be based upon the "Awkward Family Photos" book, though the print version and year-old Web site were both created by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack and contain the same content -- funny, embarrassing and, yes, awkward family portraits that have been submitted by readers.

How the concept will translate to series TV is unclear.

CBS famously managed to convert the Twitter feed "$#*! My Dad Says" into a TV show this fall, and last week made a development deal for another Twitter feed, "Shh ... Don't Tell Steve."

ABC revived its comedy lineup last year with "Modern Family," which concluded its first season with an episode centered on the family taking a portrait that didn't go as planned.

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