Pilot News: ABC Orders Shondaland Drama, 1970s-Set Broad Squad

Shonda Rhimes Betsy Beers

Can a fourth hour be added to #TGIT…?

ABC’s latest round of drama pilot orders include a new project shepherded by Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (pictured).

Penned by Jennifer Schuur (Hannibal, Hostages), The Catch is a thriller about a woman about to get married and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine — who investigates fraud for a living — is not all she claims to be. And when the fiancé’s expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

ABC also ordered the drama pilot The Broad Squad, from Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein. Penned by Bess Wohl and inspired by true stories, it revolves around the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy circa 1978.

Last week, ABC granted pilot orders to the Biblical-tinged Of Kings and Prophets; L.A. Crime, a true-crime procedural set in the 1980s; Quantico, which follows FBI recruits; Runner, about a woman who gets wrapped up in the gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico; and Mix, an hour-long dramedy about several modern families.

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  1. Tran says:

    Another Shonda Rhimes project on ABC? That’s something.

  2. So, Charlie’s Angels redux?

  3. Patrick says:

    The Catch sounds like a fun ride. It will totes jump the rails in S2 or S3, and be a train wreck (in the best way possible) for another 2-3 years after that.

  4. Jake L. says:

    Actually, they could very well add this to TGIT. Since HTGAWM only does 16 episodes a season, this could be used for the other half of the season next year, or alternate with one of the other two shows to eliminate repeats of Grey’s or Scandal.

    • Probably 16 – HTGAWM and 8 of this one. If GA is last season then maybe this replaces it.

      • thisismenow says:

        ABC will move mountains to keep Grey’s. It will end up being a show that is on for another 5 – 10 years. They’ll end up having Meredith down to an occasional cameo if they need to. I wouldn’t be surprised if Maggie was intended for that possibility.

        • tahina says:

          Ugh, anyone but her. She is a newcomer, and doesn’t have any chemistry with anyone, and her acting is lacking. I really think 12th season could be GA last, though Shonda might have something under her sleeve, like a spinoff as an option for continuity for years to come.

  5. Lindy says:

    Shonda needs to stop whilst she’s ahead.

  6. B says:

    congrats to shonda! ABC is slowly becoming the shonda rhimes network, how many other showrunners can say they’ve accomplished that?

  7. Lizo says:

    You can bet I’ll be watching Shonda’s newest offering.

  8. ChicagoDan says:

    How quickly we forget 2011’s “Off the Map.” Not everything in Shondaland that gets picked up is a surefire hit. Ironically, as soon as ABC announced it was cancelled, they picked up another Shondaland project, 7-episodes of “Scandal.” SR has an amazing track record, especially with producing big hits. ABC certainly is fortunate to have a great relationship with her.

  9. Rick Katze says:

    Is ABC/Disney/Marvel thinking of switching its name to Shondaland? While she has maintained the quality so far, not sure just how much more she can do before she is stretched too thin and the quality suffers.

    • herman1959 says:

      Remember, Shonda is not running or writing How To Get Away With Murder, and GA can end at any moment with her maintaining her legacy of success. That would leave her with Scandal which she has said is not planned to run 10+years like GA…more like 5.

  10. tahina says:

    GA can go on forever, so it won’t be a replacement for sure. My take is like someone said, with HTGQWM 16 lined up(per Viola Davis request) and new show 8 or 10 episodes to complete the season. It ‘s another keeper for Shonda & Beers for sure.

  11. Ally Oop says:

    Broad Squad has potential and hopefully its more of a character drama than a procedural. So far, that’s the only new network show in development that interests me. Every season the amount of U.S. network tv shows I watch goes down. This year, out 43 shows I watch, only 19 are U.S. network shows with 2 ending–Parenthood and Hart of Dixie. Currently I watch 12 cable shows, 10 Canadian network shows, 7 CW shows, 6 ABC shows, 3 FOX shows, 2 NBC shows, 2 Netflix shows and 1 CBS show.

    • herman1959 says:

      Um, Ally Ooop, 19 shows is actually a lot. Bless you.

    • radmcawesome says:

      That’s a lot of TV. I enjoy TV more than most but good lord- pick up a book once in a while. I suggest reading at the park. Outside time can be entertaining.

      • Ally Oop says:

        I only watch maybe 12 hours of tv a week. Yesterday I went I icefishing. Today I went cross country skiing. I spend plenty of time outdoors. Yes I watch over 40 shows but that’s over a year. Some shows only air in summer, some weeks there’s repeats, there’s holiday hiatuses, some shows only have short seasons, etc. I’m betting a lot of people here, if they took the time to write down all the shows they watch, would be surprised.

  12. herman1959 says:

    The Catch sounds really good, but of course, it can’t be on Thursday.