ABC Orders Crime Drama Straight to Series

Oct 24, 2013  •  Post A Comment

ABC is jumping on the straight-to-series bandwagon, greenlighting a crime drama with an order for 10 episodes, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

The show is an adaptation of "Secrets & Lies," an upcoming Australian series.

"The original ‘Secrets & Lies,’ which won’t bow in Australia until 2014, stars Martin Henderson as a patriarch who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body," THR reports. "The American adaptation, which hails from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, will also be produced by Australia-based Hoodlum."

ABC is already casting for the show and is searching for a showrunner, the piece notes.

"The move follows a recent spate of direct-to-series orders for the broadcast networks," THR adds. "Fox recently gave a 13-episode commitment to ‘Hieroglyph,’ as well as orders for an untitled comedy from Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock and ‘Batman’ prequel ‘Gotham.’"

The piece adds: "CBS has also made two big moves, with early series orders for Vince Gilligan-David Shore cop drama ‘Battle Creek’ and summer sci-fi drama ‘Extant’ — which recently cast Halle Berry as its lead."

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