ABC adds two Touchstone pilots
“Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall is back at CBS, which has greenlit a pilot from her based on the comicbook “Ultra.”
Eye also has ordered the supernatural pilot “The Way,” from scribe Adam Kulakow and exec producer Michael De Luca. And over at ABC, that net has picked up two drama pilots with a U.S. government bent, “Twenty Questions” and “A House Divided.”
“Ultra,” from CBS Paramount Network TV, revolves around a female superhero who must contend with saving the world while pursuing a life as a single girl in the city. In the comicbook, which parodies celeb magazines, Ultra’s alter ego, Pearl Penalosa, is a semi-icon who graces billboards advertising popular products.
Hall, whose other credits include “Judging Amy,” will exec produce the pilot; David Engel and David Alpert are co-exec producers.
As for “The Way,” drama follows a New England family that copes with the death of the powerful clan’s matriarch by using witchcraft to hurt their rivals and build a successful business empire.
Sony Pictures TV is onboard to produce. Kulakow (“Escape to Witch Mountain”) wrote the pilot and will serve as a co-exec producer.
At ABC, “Twenty Questions” centers on a State Dept. employee who comes across a conspiracy in the works to damage the nation.
Touchstone TV is behind the project, which was written by Thomas Hines. Matt Gross, John Wirth and Michael Engler will exec produce with Himes.
Touchstone is also behind “A House Divided,” which follows a brewing battle between a small Midwest town and the U.S., which threatens to spark a new civil war.
Andrew David Chapman wrote the pilot, which was formerly known as “Red and Blue.” He’ll co-exec produce, while Mark Gordon is set as exec producer.