ABC Orders Series From 'American Hustle' Director THR
ABC has ordered a series from the prolific filmmaker behind "Silver Linings Playbook," "Three Kings," "Flirting With Disaster" and many other successful feature films, and whose "American Hustle" is among the leading contenders for the upcoming Academy Awards.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that ABC gave the series order to David O. Russell, who has already racked up SAG and Golden Globe awards for “Hustle."
Russell is attached to executive produce an untitled soap for ABC that will go straight to series. The project marks Russell's first TV drama series. He previously was attached to a 2011 drama at FX that didn’t move forward, the piece notes.
ABC gave a 13-episode order for the drama, which is set at a private country club and looks at the upstairs/downstairs drama.
Russell co-wrote the story with Susannah Grant of “Erin Brokovich,” who also wrote the script.
The order marks ABC’s second recent straight-to-series order, following “Secrets & Lies,” which the network picked up with a 10-episode order.
“The move comes as broadcast and cable networks have been increasingly handing out larger commitments in a bid to lure high-profile producers and talent as the traditional broadcast calendar shifts to more year-round original programming,” the article points out.