Pilot News: ABC Orders Astronaut Wives Drama, Father/Daughter Crime Series and Others

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logo-abc-300ABC on Friday gave pilot orders to four drama projects, including an historical pilot about astronauts’ wives and a police procedural about a criminologist working alongside her cop father.

As reported on our sister site Deadline, The Astronaut Wives Club is penned by Gossip Girl‘s Stephanie Savage and follows a group of women who support their star-bound husbands during the 1960s space race.

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The project is based on Lily Koppel’s 2013 bestseller and will be executive-produced by Savage and her Gossip Girl colleague Josh Schwartz as well as Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie) and Michael London (Milk).

In addition, ABC ordered:

• Warriors, a military-themed medical drama about the doctors and nurses who treat returning soldiers and Washington’s elite, from Christopher Keyser (Party of Five)

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• Agatha, which follows a convict-turned-criminologist who winds up helping her estranged father — a detective — with a hard-to-crack disappearance; Tom Donaghy (Fairly Legal) will pen the script, which will be executive-produced by Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds), Nick Pepper and former ABC Studios drama head Michael McDonald.

• An untitled, New York-set Dangerous Liaisons-type drama from writer Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra), which will center on two rich socialites who manipulate others as part of their intricate seduction plan; Erwin Stoff (Witches of East End), Ilene Staple and Wren Arthur (A Prairie Home Companion) will executive-produce with LaGravenese.



Comments (43)

  • All sound boring except for the Dangerous Liaisons pilot. Looks like ABC will have another bad year of Killer Women/Assets/Lucky 7 type drivel on its hands.

    Comment by Ray – January 25, 2014 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, the only one that sounds okay to me is “Agatha”.

      Comment by Daven C – January 26, 2014 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Someone at Disney has to ask for Paul Lee’s resignation soon…..

      Comment by Eridapo – January 26, 2014 07:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow… Much crap, such boring, very shows…. ABC used to be my favourite network – USED TO!

    Comment by Lubomir Raykov – January 25, 2014 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same here. It’s been a couple of rough years for ABC.

      Comment by Tony. – January 25, 2014 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Dangerous Liasons type pilot sounds interesting. Everything else not so much. ABC better hope they get that NFL contract.

    Comment by David – January 25, 2014 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • These all sound so generic.

    Comment by AJ – January 25, 2014 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Only the medical drama sounds like it might fly. ABC’s attempts at drama over the last few years have been horrifically bad, and these sound like they’ll continue the trend.

    Comment by Apples – January 25, 2014 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Period pieces rarely make it on network tv– remember “Pan Am,” “Playboy Club,” “Vegas,” etc.? (probably not, not many people watched them). I’m surprised network execs would greenlight “Astronauts Wives,” particularly when a lot of women are likely gonna be asking “why do we need an astronaut show about women pining over their men when we could just as well have a show about modern female astronauts kicking butt and taking names?” (Plus, the “Gossip Girl” people behind “Astronauts Wives” once tried to do the period piece “Valley Girls,” a show that went back in time to the 80s and was a prequel to Gossip Girl– the pilot ended up being used as just one episode of Gossip Girl and it was absolutely dreadful; I don’t think they’re the best folks to do a period piece, at all).

    Comment by Geo – January 25, 2014 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • as terrible as gossip girl got in the later seasons maybe they shouldn’t be doing any shows period!

      Comment by Ames – January 25, 2014 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • this! Forget the pinning wives, i’d much rather see a show about the actual astronauts

      Comment by jenna – January 25, 2014 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ABC had a show about astronauts a few years ago, but it failed. Defying Gravity was billed as Grey’s Anatomy in space, but it still wasn’t enough to get people to watch it.

        Comment by big cheddar – January 25, 2014 11:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • To be fair, it would have been better had the premise of the show not been “people having sex in space” A team of astronauts floating around the universe and their top priority was their libidos.

          Comment by dude – January 26, 2014 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The only period drama that I liked, no loved, was American Dreams!!!

      Comment by Michael – January 26, 2014 05:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You must be too young to have seen Homefront. That show was amazing.

        Comment by Alex – January 26, 2014 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Warriors sounds VERY promising!!

    BTW, what one sentence description does sound good to all you complainers????

    Comment by Rebooted – January 25, 2014 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • These pilots sounds awful. Totally off brand for ABC.

    Comment by Jared – January 25, 2014 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Warriors sounds really good, I miss a tv show like M*A*S*H. Military doctors themed tv show even if it is a drama.

    Comment by Alia – January 25, 2014 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m convinced Paul Lee knows he’s on the way out and intends to leave disaster in his wake.

    Comment by Et al – January 25, 2014 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, because being vindictive is such a great way to get a new job and win respect.

      Comment by Alex – January 26, 2014 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agatha sounds good. Rebuilding lives sounds more enjoyable than mass murderer, criminal and shady cop heros. Mix it up, TV suits.

    Comment by prish – January 25, 2014 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • when should we expect CW pilots order?

    Comment by Maki – January 25, 2014 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’ve already ordered The Flash and I think another series to pilot.They should be announcing the other pilots in the next week or so.Theyll said they’ll probably pick up eight pilots.Deadline IZombie is looking good.Pedowitz said at TCAs he should see the SPN spinoff script very soon and Unfamous(formerly Someday, Maybe by Lauren Grahm) is in contention,looks good.

      Comment by Brandy – January 26, 2014 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe to Agatha. No to the rest.

    Comment by Stormy – January 25, 2014 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Only one that sounds interesting is Agatha others not so much

    Comment by Aleana – January 25, 2014 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All sound boring except the Dangerous Liasons one

    Comment by Pati – January 25, 2014 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So that means that Hart of Dixie is a donzo.

    Comment by Farley Ong – January 25, 2014 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hart of Dixie isn’t on abc, it’s on CW.Also,it’ll most Likley be renewed for syndication.

      Comment by Brandy – January 26, 2014 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agatha sounds like a Veronica Mars rip-off.

    Comment by Liv – January 25, 2014 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should have gone with the Agent Carter pilot.

    Comment by Hay – January 25, 2014 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • These new dramas look like they will ensure the renewals of Castle and Grey’s .. :)

    Comment by DarkDefender – January 25, 2014 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I actually like the sound of Astronaut’s Wives. ABC has a history of doing good soapy dramas.

    Comment by Ally Oop – January 25, 2014 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cruel Intentions???

    Comment by P. Halliwell – January 25, 2014 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Warriors is the only one that sounds interesting to me.

    Comment by MP – January 25, 2014 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wonder what Astronaut Wives Club and Agatha will REALLY be called if they get ordered to series. Because those titles are awful as is.
    .
    Poor ABC. I feel for everyone involved. They need a network overhaul, and fast.

    Comment by Just one thing – January 26, 2014 12:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would try Warriors only if Teddy Altman from Greys Anatomy returns to TV after being dismissed by Shonda. But really, they all sound like a big fail. Period dramas don’t work too well on network tv, even if they are well written and developed like CBS’ ‘Vegas’. The unnamed Dangerous Liasons-type sounds like a really bad soap based on the ‘Real Wives’ franchise. Agatha sounds like it could be interesting but ‘Fairly Legal’ was a badly written show and if any of that finds its way into Agatha, the show will be doomed from the start. I hope ABC steps up their game because this coming season could be another repeat of this disastrous one. (Does anyone really believe that Resurrection and Mind Games) stand a chance?

    Comment by Babygate – January 26, 2014 01:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sound s like a lot commentators or terrible tv writers who have not got their pilots picked up. Here is some free advice get over yourselves, losers.

    Comment by Anne – January 26, 2014 05:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ah yes, because seeing the tagline of a show, not being interested in it and saying so makes you a terrible tv writer who didn’t get their pilots picked up. Get a better argument please.

      Comment by catelyn – January 26, 2014 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All the people complaining about how period dramas “don’t do well on TV.” Remember five years ago when everyone was saying musicals don’t do well on TV? Then a little show called Glee came along and became the biggest debut of the year (terrible writing shot it in the foot later but…). Lots of stuff that shouldn’t work on TV does if it’s done well enough to interest an audience.

    Comment by dude – January 26, 2014 07:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think that comparison works though. Period dramas have a long history of not doing well on network TV and being better suited to cable while I think the only musical attempted before Glee was Cop Rock which was such an epic failure that no one even wanted to try again for a long time. That said, I do agree that anything can work if it attracts (and maintains) an audience’s interest.

      Comment by Lydia – January 26, 2014 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ” I think the only musical attempted before Glee was Cop Rock”

        Not true. The Monkees, Rags to Riches, Viva Laughlin, The Partridge Family, Eli Stone, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers are all examples of network TV musicals. Some would also count Nashville, an ongoing though marginally rated series. Of the other shows, only Viva Laughlin was a notorious failure. Eli Stone was critically acclaimed but low rated, The Monkees had acclaim despite running just two seasons and did nicely in syndication, Rags to Riches started out big before dropping quickly, Seven Brides lasted less than one season, and The Partridge Family reached nearly a hundred episodes.

        Considering these shows plus Glee (a success) and Cop Rock (a failure), musicals have been a mixed bag on TV, like pretty much every other genre. Also, there haven’t been all that many of them, making them harder to assess. I think a big issue with them is production time and the extra work they require to make.

        Comment by Alex – January 26, 2014 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Period dramas and musicals generally don’t do well. That doesn’t mean that they can’t potentially be done well or that no one should ever try them.

      Comment by Alex – January 26, 2014 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe the astronauts one since I love good period drama. Though it does have to be good. But for the most part these just sound generic and boring. There’s nothing here that really grabs you.

    Comment by AT – January 26, 2014 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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