Pilot Scoop: ABC Orders Four Dramas, Including New Marc Cherry Soap and Magical Cop Saga

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Desperate Housewives may be on its way out, but ABC is staying in business with Marc Cherry and his Devious Maids — one of but four drama pilots the network picked up on Tuesday.

Based loosely on the Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood, Devious follows four ambitious housekeepers who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Cherry (pictured) will write and executive-produce the project, along with DH exec producer Sabrina Wind.

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ABC’s other new drama pilot orders are:

* Gotham, from Michael Green (Everwood, Heroes), centers on a female cop who discovers that a magical world exists within New York City.

* Penoza follows the widow of an assassinated criminal who has to take over her husband’s role in a crime syndicate as a means of protecting her family. Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight) is set to write and executive-produce the project.

* Zero Hour, from Paul Scheuring (Prison Break), tells the story of an editor at a skeptics magazine who is pulled into a bizarre conspiracy.

ABC’s previous pilot orders include a family comedy starring and exec-produced by Judy Greer, and a reimagining of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.



Comments (21)

  • Gotham? Really, they had to call it that?

    Comment by Mike – January 31, 2012 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gotham is an nickname for New York City.

    Comment by Scott – January 31, 2012 05:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • True, but these days it’s synonymous with Batman.

      Comment by Mike – January 31, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Finally, a pilot I find interesting-Gotham. I was starting to think I’d have nothing new to watch next season. Here’s hoping it turns out well and gets picked up.

    Comment by claire – January 31, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t know of lightning will strike twice for Marc Cherry, but I hope it’s a good show.

    Gotham sounds interesting, but the name just makes me think batman. It’s hard to get over that

    Comment by Ram510 – January 31, 2012 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gotham sounds a lot like Grimm.

    Comment by Todd – January 31, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • C’mon.. stop fairy tales shows… Hollywood wants to make us to believe that modern fairy tales ala Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is the new trend after the end of Harry Potter and the upcoming final movie of Twilight.

    Right now we have on tv Once upon of time, Grimm and the new shows like the 2 beauty and the beast.. in movies we have two snow whites and other fairy tales movies next year

    I want to see new ideas on tv and movies

    Comment by Fabricio – January 31, 2012 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Devious Maids sounds pretty cool. Maybe some of the Real Housewives of BH can guest star? That’d be pretty fun.

    Gotham also sounds pretty sweet. I hope the female cop has some sort of like princess transformation where she’s like gritty in the NY world but then is like a princess in the fantasy world. That’d be cool.

    Comment by Mark – January 31, 2012 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just the other day I was seeing only rehashed ideas out of all the pilots for the networks. Still seeing some of that (Gotham) but also seeing some really different and weird stuff, loll.

    Comment by Danielle H – January 31, 2012 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • what happened to marc’s hallellujah?

    Comment by Iago – January 31, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PENOZA sounds a lot like an adaption of the telenovela LA REINA DEL SUR. :)

    Anyway, they should rename GOTHAM if it gets picked up. The name just isn’t attractive to the female audience.

    Comment by Daniela – January 31, 2012 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The creator of “Desperate Housewives” is pitching a show called “Devious Maids”? What’s next for Marc Cherry “Desirous Moms” or “Diabolical Nannies”? For being a creator of a hit show he sure hasn’t had much luck with anything else since. We heard talk of a DH spin-off in seasons 1 and 2 and then a few years ago for another spin-off for Kathryn Joosten and Lily Tomlin that never materialized, then “Hallelujah” didn’t get picked up and now he’s trying someone else’s concept. Me thinks the well might be dry Mr. Cherry.

    Also I have to agree with the others about “Gotham” and it sounding VERY much like “Grimm” except the title is horrible.

    Comment by JJ – January 31, 2012 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Dh was gud especially the baking part the pizza restuarant the parties etc they should repeat it in a more christian way. I am watching devios maids please make it more educative thanks.

      Comment by Connie – February 16, 2014 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like to see Marc Cherry series to land in a time slot next fall, but I hope it be a little bit more funny then drama or both, and have some one who acts as great as sophia vergara or roselyn sanchez.

    Comment by fernando – January 31, 2012 09:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow… the show descriptions do not capture my attention, so I guess the shows wont either.

    Comment by apor – January 31, 2012 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Diabolical nannies” made me lol. I’d watch that show. These shows sound horrible!

    Comment by nikki – February 1, 2012 03:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Isn’t “Gotham” extremely similar to the Ron Moore pilot that never saw the light of day at NBC “17th Precinct”?

    Comment by bhm1304 – February 1, 2012 06:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really? Between Gotham and both the pilots for Beauty and the Beast?

    Comment by Loki – February 1, 2012 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • None of these sound interesting

    Comment by sarah – February 1, 2012 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Actually think these pilots sound interesting. But Marc Cherry, really? From Desperate Housewives to Devious Maids?!

    Comment by Matt – February 1, 2012 08:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
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