Pilot News: ABC Orders Disneyland Ride-Based Drama, Gothic Soap From Grey's EP and More

logo-abc-300ABC on Tuesday took a trip to the happiest place on Earth, ordering a drama pilot based on Disneyland’s famed ride Big Thunder Mountain. The network also moved forward with three additional projects, including Gothica, a dark soap from Grey’s Anatomy producer Mark Gordon’s company.

From EP Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) and scribe Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift), Big Thunder centers on a late 19th century New York doctor and his family who relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon. Unfortunately, they quickly realize that not everything in the titular city is as it seems.

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Gothica, meanwhile, is — as the titled suggests — a modern-day Gothic soap that weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others. Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) will pen the prospective series, with the aforementioned Gordon producing.

An hourlong dramedy from Without a Trace’s Maria Maggenti — titled Murder in Manhattan — has also been ordered. It follows a New York-based mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths.

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Lastly ABC ordered Reckless, a drama centering on a resourceful problem solver doing all he can to free his wife, who has been unjustly imprisoned overseas during a political uprising. However, when stymied by the US government in the name of diplomacy, he’s forced to consider less-than-legal options to secure her release. Chris Black (Mad Men) wrote the pilot and Martin Campbell (Last Resort) will exec-produce.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So Gothica is a dark version of OUAT? I hate how ABC thinks that since Revenge and OUAT are hits for them, they should make other shows that are similar.

    • TMW says:

      Revenge isn’t really a “hit.” And it’s sinking fast. I happen to like it but this second season is turning into a catastrophe.

    • Len says:

      No it’s a rip off of league of extraordinary gentlemen that meets a ripoff of dark shadows.

    • JimC says:

      Two things are certain with ABC….1) if its not a ratings grabber right out of the box, it’s dead. 2) if the show is the least bit entertaining, it’s dead. It’s ABC, and that’s how they roll…..

  2. Austin says:

    Doesn’t Showtime have a show in development that sounds JUST LIKE Gothica?

  3. Austin says:

    Doesn’t Showtime have something in development that is JUST LIKE Gothica?

  4. A. says:

    Everything is just like everything now on tv. Its what happenss when tv stations have no fresh ideas.

  5. quang says:

    My guess it that ABC is trying to create a sister show for OUAT, kind of like Dirty Sexy Money was widely considered the east-coast version of Brothers and Sisters.

  6. cj says:

    Revenge has been back to form since Jennifer Jason profuse character left and they gave widen a purpose. and finally Emily got back to her takedowns. All these pilots, though, UBS potentiL. big thunder could be fun/different. a more accessible hell in wheels I guess.

  7. N says:

    I still love Revenge!

  8. MT says:

    Well, at least they aren’t doctor/cop/lawyer shows…

  9. Patrick Maloney says:

    Reckless sounds pretty interesting

  10. TLH says:

    Soooo……were making shows based on theme park rides now. I didn’t think anything could be more stupid than Battleship. I really hate being wrong.

  11. Marco says:

    Gothica: Once Upon A Horror Story? Seems like it.

  12. katy917 says:

    Gothica has bee done. Twice. Van Helsing meets the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Plus about a thousand other shows that are out right now. The theme has just been done to death! Are there no original ideas any more?

  13. Shaun says:

    Big Thunder is kinda like Deadwood I think

  14. Zorkel567 says:

    Big Thunder and Gothica both sound interesting

  15. Meh says:

    OMG, I want Big Thunder now! Add the Phantom Manor legend to that and it could be perfect!

  16. Kates says:

    I just hope Last Resort wasnt cancelled. So sad.