Thursday, May 12, 2016

'Conviction,' 'Downward Dog,' 'Imaginary Mary,' 'Notorious, 'Still Star-Crossed,' 'Time After Time' & 'Untitled Sarah Dunn' Ordered to Series at ABC

In addition to making final decisions on its bubble shows, ABC has also decide to give series orders to a number of pilots today - including dramas Conviction, Notorious, Still Star-Crossed & Time After Time and comedies Downward Dog, Imaginary Mary & Untitled Sarah Dunn.

CONVICTION - Carter Morrison (Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter), the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former president, is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. There, she and her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts work to examine cases where there's credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.

The drama also stars Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana, Merrin Dungey and Daniel DiTomasso.

Liz Friedman wrote the pilot, which was directed by Liz Friedlander. Both will executive produce with Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper. ABC Studios, The Mark Gordon Company and eOne produce.

DOWNWARD DOG - Nan's (Allison Tolman, Fargo) life is in a constant state of upheaval, but she always feels like she's about to turn the corner. Her ideal self lies just on the other side of this juice cleanse or new relationship, or maybe if she gets a standing desk. Meanwhile, her dog, Martin, just wants her. And he'll do whatever it takes to get her attention. Based on the web series of the same name.

Lucas Neff, Barry Rothbart, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mo Collins co-star on the comedy.

Samm Hodges and Michael Killen wrote the pilot. They executive produce with Jimmy Miller, Sam Hansen and Kathy Dziubek. ABC Studios, Legendary Television and Animal Media Group produce.

IMAGINARY MARY - Alice (Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg) is a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life - a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.

The comedy also stars Stephen Schneider, Rachel Dratch, Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener and Erica Trembay.

Adam F. Goldberg and David Guarascio wrote the pilot, which was directed by Shawn Levy. All three executive produce with Doug Robinson and Patrick Osbourne. Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison produce.

NOTORIOUS - Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the drama is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.

The drama stars Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Aimee Teegarden, Kate Jennings Grant, J. August Richards, Ryan Guzman, Sepideh Moafi and Kevin Zegers.

The pilot was written by Josh Berman and Allie Hagan and directed by Michael Englher. Berman serves as an executive producer with Mark Geragos, Wendy Walker, Jeff Kwatinetz, Josh Barry, Kenny Meiselas and Brian Gersh. Hagan will co-executive produce.

STILL STAR-CROSSED - A period drama that picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers' tragic fate. Based on the book by Melinda Taub.

The drama stars Wade Briggs, Anthony Stewart Head, Zuleikha Robinson, Lashana Lynch, Ebonee Noel, Sterling Sulieman, Medalion Rahimi, Grant Bowler, Susan Wooldrigde, Torrance Coombs and Dan Hildebrand.

Heather Mitchell wrote the pilot, which was directed by Michael Offer. They will executive produce with Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Michael Goldstein. ABC Studios and Shondaland produce.

TIME AFTER TIME - A fantastical cat and mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma, UnREAL) is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman, Revenge). Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never though possible and a young woman who captivates him.

The drama's cast also includes Genesis Rodriguez, Regina Taylor and Jordin Sparks.

Kevin Williamson wrote the pilot, which was directed by Marcos Siega. Warner Bros. Television and Outerbanks Entertainment produce.

UNTITLED SARAH DUNN - A family comedy (formerly known as The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport) narrated by Katie (Katy Mixon, Mike & Molly), a strong-willed mother raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with "perfect" wives and their "perfect" offspring.

The comedy also stars Diedrich Bader, Carly Hughes, Ali Wong and Johnny Sequoyah.

Sarah Dunn wrote the pilot, which was directed by Ruben Fleischer. Dunn will executive produce with Aaron Kaplan. ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment produce.