Thursday, November 16, 2017

ABC Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Drama 'Take Two' Starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian

ABC has given a straight-to-series order to original drama series Take Two starring Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie) and Eddie Cibrian (Third Watch). The drama will be a part of ABC's upcoming 2018-19 season.

The drama revolves around Ella (Bilson), the former star of a hit cop series who is fresh-out-of-rehab following a bender of epic proportion. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie (Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Although lone wolf Eddie resents the babysitting gig, high-spirited Ella proves herself to be surprisingly valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective. When the press touts Ella's role in solving a high-profile case, Eddie finds his phone ringing off the hook with new clients looking to hire the pair.

Castle creators Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller created the drama. They executive produce with Rola Bauer and Tim Halkin. ABC Studios, StudioCanal and Tandem Productions produce.

The drama is also said to include a groundbreaking co-production structure. The series has been pre-packaged with worldwide rights and will air in the U.S. on ABC, RTL/Vox in Germany and France Television in France. StudioCanal will serve as the lead studio. ABC Studios affiliate Disney Media Distribution handles international sales.

"Terri and Andrew have created wonderful characters and a light-hearted, yet strong drama that has excited leading networks on both sides of the Pond," said Rola Bauer, TV Managing Director, StudioCanal. "This is a new paradigm for network co-productions with the anchor networks being in the U.S. and Europe. To be here now with ABC, RTL/Vox and France 2 is a testament to Terri and Andrew's creative vision. We are all thrilled that Rachel and Eddie will join this journey."

"Andrew and Terri are wonderful storytellers and this is the perfect project for their return to ABC," added Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. "We're excited to see Rachel and Eddie bring these characters to life."