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ABC Developing Terrorism Crime Drama Inspired by NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (EXCLUSIVE)

The Mark Gordon Company is developing a terrorism crime drama for ABC, hailing from scribe Michael Finch and “Hostages” co-creator Jeffrey Nachmanoff who will direct the pilot, Variety has learned exclusively.

Finch, Nachmanoff, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper of Mark Gordon Co. will all serve as exec producers.

The project is loosely inspired by the achievements and expertise of Ray Kelly, the longest serving Police Commissioner in New York City’s history. It follows two Joint Terrorism Task Force Agents, a FBI Special Agent and a NYPD detective, both very different people with secrets who are thrown together to solve the terror crime of the century before it happens. Their target is a man who knows everything about terror because he was designed to sow it. Two of these people know each other intimately — but not the ones you think, or in the way you think. 

Kelly, who served nearly 50 years in the NYPD, was an instrumental architect of the city’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He will serve as a producer on the ABC show.

The project marks the first television teleplay for Finch whose feature writing credits include “Hitman: Agent 47,” “Predators” and “The November Man.”

Aside from the CBS thriller “Hostages,” Nachmanoff’s TV credits include “Homeland,” “Legends” and “Chicago Fire.” On the film side, he wrote the screenplays for “The Day After Tomorrow” and Don Cheadle’s “Traitor,” which he also directed.

Finch is repped by Verve Talent and Literary Agency and Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo. Nachmanoff is repped by CAA and Gaines Solomon Law Group. Kelly is repped by Williams & Connolly LLP.

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