ABC execs have had a busy day, including greenlighting six drama pilots that will involve some of the heavy hitters of TV drama, Deadline.com reports.
Among the shows the network is taking on, the story reports, are “Marc Cherry’s ‘Hallelujah,’ the Mark Gordon-produced ‘Identity’ and ‘Once Upon a Time,’ from ‘Lost’ executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, which has ‘Lost’ co-creator/exec producer Damon Lindelof attached. Also picked up are the Oren Peli/Steven Spielberg collaboration ‘The River,’ co-produced by DreamWorks TV, the Darren Star-produced ‘Good Christian Bitches’ and the ‘Count of Monte Cristo’-flavored ‘Revenge,’ co-produced by ‘Twilight’ producer Temple Hill. All six hail from ABC Studios.”
“Hallelujah” is the first script from Cherry since his ABC hit “Desperate Housewives,” which ABC programmer Paul Lee reportedly got over the weekend and quickly ordered as a pilot. Cherry and Sabrina Wind are exec producing, marking the first order for their banner Wind Prods.
“Identity” is from “Eagle Eye” writer John Glenn and focuses on an identity theft unit, the story says. Glenn and Mark Gordon will exec produce with Deb Spera and Paul Buccieri.
The horror yarn “The River,” which is likened to “Paranormal Activity,” lands at ABC after a bidding war, the story says. It focuses on a family that travels to the Amazon to find their missing father.