The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.
The network on Thursday ordered to series the thriller The Catch, from the prolific producer and Betsy Beers and starring Mireille Enos (The Killing).
Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map EP Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl EP Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (FKA L.A. Crime).
The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (FKA Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, rounds out the network’s drama series orders.
Here’s the logline/casting/pedigree info for each of the new shows:
WRITER: Jennifer Schuur
OTHER EPs: Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers
CAST: Mireille Enos (The Killing), Damon Dayoub (NCIS), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Rose Rollins (The L Word), Jacky Ido, Jay Hayden, Elvy Yost
A thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin. She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
WRITER: Jenna Bans
OTHER EPs: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks
CAST: Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Joan Allen (The Missing), Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Liam James (The Way, Way Back), Rarmian Newton (Dance Academy), Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta), Madeleine Arthur (Supernatural), Alex Steele (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
The thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
OF KINGS AND PROPHETS
WRITERS: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
OTHER EPs: Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi
CAST: Simone Kessell (Terra Nova), Oliver Rix, Maisie Richardson-Sellers (The Originals), Mohammad Bakri (Tyrant), James Floyd
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
WRITER: Josh Safran
OTHER EPs: The Mark Gordon Company
CAST: Aunjanue Ellis (NCIS: Los Angeles), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove), Tate Ellington, Priyanka Chopra
A diverse group of recruits have arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project
WRITERS: Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne
OTHER EPs: Tony Krantz
CAST: Don Johnson (Nash Bridges, Miami Vice), Scott Michael Foster (Chasing Life), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society), India de Beaufort (Jane By Design), Delroy Lindo (Believe), Caitlin Carver (The Fosters), Yani Gellman (Pretty Little Liars), Amber Valletta (Revenge)
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.
WICKED CITY (FKA L.A. Crime)
WRITER: Stephen Baigelman
OTHER EPs: Mandeville Television
CAST: Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Darrell Britt-Gibson (The Wire), Adam Rothenberg (Ripper Street), Holley Fain (Grey’s Anatomy), Anne Winters (Tyrant), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl)
Each season “Wicked City” will follow a different case set in a different noteworthy era of LA history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock and roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case.