David O. Russell

CBS TV Studios and ABC Studios produce sudser set at country club

ABC has given a series greenlight to a drama shepherded by David O. Russell and Susannah Grant.

Project from CBS TV Studios and ABC Studios is described as an upstairs-downstairs soap set at a tony country club. Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (“Justified,” “Masters of Sex”) are also exec producing. ABC has given the project at 13-episode order. It’s unclear when production will begin.

Russell and Grant worked together on the story for the series, while Grant penned the series’ first episode. Grant previously created and exec produced the medical drama “A Gifted Man” for CBS, CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly.

Russell is riding high with the kudos momentum for his latest feature, “American Hustle.” There is no plan at present for him to direct the first episode of the untitled ABC sudser.

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