Pilot News: ABC Orders Biblical Saga, 1980s Crime Drama and 3 Others

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ABC on Friday gave pilot orders to five drama projects, including a Biblical epic about kings and prophets, and a true-crime procedural set in 1980s Los Angeles.

First up, chronologically speaking, is Of Kings and Prophets, which spins a Biblical tale about a king, a prophet and a shepherd, all of whom are “on a collision course with destiny.”

Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will pen the script, with Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi aboard as executive producers.

In addition, ABC ordered:

* L.A. Crime, a true-crime procedural set in 1980s Los Angeles. The potential first season would follow two officers on the hunt for a team of serial killers. Steven Baigelman will write and Mandeville Television will executive-produce.

* Quantico, which follows young FBI recruits as they complete their training at the Quantico base in Virginia. Written by Josh Safran (Gossip Girl) and executive-produced by the Mark Gordon Company, Quantico employs flashbacks and flash-forwards to reveal which of the recruits is actually a sleeper terrorist “responsible for the most devastating terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.”

* Runner, the story of a woman whose perfect life is destroyed by a “simple twist of fate.” Her attempt to expose the truth will send her on a journey through the illegal gun trade between the United States and Mexico. Writer Michael Cooney will executive-produce alongside Ian Sander, Kim Moses, Peter Horton and showrunner Jon Cowan

Mix, an hour-long dramedy about several modern families — including “multi-cultural, multi-generational and those built through divorces, affairs and adoptions” — set against a family restaurant “at a crossroads.” Rashida Jones will executive-produce with Will McCormack, Le Train Train and writer Jennifer Cecil.

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