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ABC Family Orders Amanda Knox-Style Murder Mystery Drama Pilot

ABC Family has greenlit a pilot for “Guilt,” a one-hour drama series about an American abroad in London who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her roommate.

Described as an “edgy, soapy thriller,” “Guilt” revolves around the investigation that unfolds after the savage murder. Viewers will question whether she’s a naive, young girl whose poor decisions are being magnified under the ruthless British tabloids or a sociopath who actually killed her friend. Even her own sister who comes to London to defend her will question how well she really knows her little sibling as more and more ugly truths come to the surface. The mystery will twist through all layers of London society — from a posh, but depraved, sex club all the way up to the royal family.

“‘Guilt’ is a sophisticated, sexy and suspenseful crime epic that will have audiences captivated week-to-week,” said Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development at ABC Family.

The pilot comes as the cabler is pushing to increase their scripted programming with other orders for original drama series “Stay,” a police detective thriller; “Beyond,” a supernatural drama from “Heroes” creator Tim Kring; and scripted comedy “Gorgeous Morons” from “The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky and Danny Chun.

“Guilt” hails from writer-exec producers Kathryn Price (“The Game Plan”) and Nichole Millard (“The Game Plan”). Former ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson will also serve as exec producer. The project is a co-production of Sea to Sky Entertainment, the joint venture between Lionsgate Television and Thunderbird Films, and BV Family Productions.

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