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Net makes tweaks to journo drama

ABC has resurrected a journalism-inspired drama from “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes, who will shoot the pilot this summer.

Rhimes originally developed the hourlong project in 2003 as a show about female war correspondents. New pilot will retain the same characters but move them to a domestic setting and take a look at the world of journalism through the eyes of four women.

“It’s a project I felt strongly about,” she said. “But it didn’t feel as right making a project like that while we’re actually at war.”

Because the pilot won’t be shot until this summer, the show isn’t for fall consideration but could make it to air by next midseason.

Touchstone TV is behind the project, which reunites Rhimes with Mark Gordon, who also serves as an exec producer on “Grey’s.” Betsy Beers and Julie Lynn will also exec produce.

“This was the first project that we worked on with Shonda, during the first year we were developing shows for TV,” Gordon said. “It wasn’t picked up, but it’s something that we all felt excited about.”

The pilot was first developed at Touchstone under the watch of Steve McPherson, who now heads up ABC Entertainment. Gordon credited McPherson with reviving the pilot at the network.

“Steve has always been a fan of this thing, and now we’re moving forward,” Gordon said. “As ‘Grey’s’ has (turned into) a well-oiled machine, (the network) felt it was time to bring this back to the front.”

Rhimes said she’ll start rewriting the script after “Grey’s” wraps this spring. For now, she’s still mulling where to set the show and how to evolve the characters from the original script.

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