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

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.

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43 Comments
  1. Ray says:

    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.

  2. Wow… Much crap, such boring, very shows…. ABC used to be my favourite network – USED TO!

  3. David says:

    The Dangerous Liasons type pilot sounds interesting. Everything else not so much. ABC better hope they get that NFL contract.

  4. AJ says:

    These all sound so generic.

  5. Apples says:

    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.

  6. Geo says:

    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).

  7. Rebooted says:

    Warriors sounds VERY promising!!

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

  8. Jared says:

    These pilots sounds awful. Totally off brand for ABC.

  9. Alia says:

    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.

  10. Et al says:

    I’m convinced Paul Lee knows he’s on the way out and intends to leave disaster in his wake.

  11. prish says:

    Agatha sounds good. Rebuilding lives sounds more enjoyable than mass murderer, criminal and shady cop heros. Mix it up, TV suits.

  12. Maki says:

    when should we expect CW pilots order?

    • Brandy says:

      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.

  13. Stormy says:

    Maybe to Agatha. No to the rest.

  14. Aleana says:

    Only one that sounds interesting is Agatha others not so much

  15. Pati says:

    All sound boring except the Dangerous Liasons one

  16. Farley Ong says:

    So that means that Hart of Dixie is a donzo.

  17. Liv says:

    Agatha sounds like a Veronica Mars rip-off.

  18. Hay says:

    They should have gone with the Agent Carter pilot.

  19. DarkDefender says:

    These new dramas look like they will ensure the renewals of Castle and Grey’s .. :)

  20. Ally Oop says:

    I actually like the sound of Astronaut’s Wives. ABC has a history of doing good soapy dramas.

  21. P. Halliwell says:

    Cruel Intentions???

  22. MP says:

    Warriors is the only one that sounds interesting to me.

  23. Just one thing says:

    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.

  24. Babygate says:

    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?

  25. Anne says:

    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.

    • catelyn says:

      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.

  26. dude says:

    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.

    • Lydia says:

      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.

      • Alex says:

        ” 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.

    • Alex says:

      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.

  27. AT says:

    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.

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