ABC wades into the Big Easy bayou

NBC also developing New Orleans recovery skein

ABC has picked up a script from John Eisendrath (“Alias”) that will focus on the New Orleans police force and their role in the city post-Hurricane Katrina.

That means network primetime could wind up with more than one series next fall set in the still-recovering Big Easy. NBC is currently developing Spike Lee’s “NoLa,” which centers on life in New Orleans as the city’s residents slowly rebuild.

The ABC script will center on how society returns to New Orleans and how the cops cope with it. Project comes from Touchstone TV and doesn’t yet have a title. Eisendrath is onboard to write and exec produce, while Gary Fleder will direct and also exec produce.

Separately, Eisendrath has another script in the works at ABC, this one with Mark Gordon (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and scribe Stan Chervin (“Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”).

The untitled drama, co-created by Eisendrath and Gordon, revolves around a courthouse, focusing on the people who populate the building (the prosecutors, the defendants, the jurors, etc.) rather than just centering on the case du jour.

Eisendrath’s credits include serving as an exec producer on ABC’s “Alias,” as well as the WB’s “Felicity” and Fox’s “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Scribe, who has a rich overall deal at Touchstone, was also behind ESPN’s “Playmakers.”

Fleder directed and exec produced the Alphabet pilot “October Road,” which recently scored a midseason order. He also helmed ABC’s “The Evidence” and “Blind Justice.” His feature credits include “Runaway Jury,” “Don’t Say a Word” and “Kiss the Girls.”

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