Wendy Mitchell
October 21, 2009 AT 08:00 AM EDT

Four college friends who made a 15-minute Web presentation in 2008 now have a script commitment plus penalty from ABC. Variety reports that Thomas Schlamme will executive produce the comedy series, Boyfred. The story follows a Chicago web designer whose girlfriend moves overseas, inspiring him to create a website for their friends to keep in touch. The creators are Northwestern University graduates Alan Schmuckler, Michael Mahler, Blake Silver and Jarrod Zimmerman. Schmuckler and Mahler will also write original songs for the show.

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