ABC Orders Crime Thriller From Shonda Rhimes, 1 More Drama & 2 Comedy Pilots

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ABC has picked up four more pilots for their 2015-16 season, including a new drama from “TGIT” queen Shonda Rhimes. All pilots hail from ABC Studios.

“The Catch” from Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers follows a female forensic accountant whose career specialty is exposing fraud for a living. Much like the leading ladies of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” the sure-to-be fierce woman at the forefront of the crime thriller is not all she appears to be and has a tumultuous love life. She’s about to get married, but also about to get conned by her fiancé — little does he know, her lies end up colliding with his cons.

The pilot will be exec produced by Rhimes, Beers, Julie Anne Robinson and Jennifer Schuur, and co-produced by Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson. Robinson is set to direct, and Schuur will pen the pilot.

The net ordered another drama pilot, “Broad Squad” from “Gossip Girl” creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. Inspired by true stories, the series follows the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978. Schwartz and Savage will exec produce with Len Goldstein of Fake Empire, and Aaron Kaplan. Alexander Lyndon will also produce, and Bess Wohl will write the pilot.

Two comedy pilots have also been picked up at ABC, including “Chev & Bev,” which will star Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as carefree baby boomers whose careful and seamless retirement is suddenly disrupted when they are left to raise their grandchildren. Brad Copeland will write the pilot, and Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment (and “Broad Squad,” above) will exec produce.

“The Untitled Dan Savage Project” has also been given a pilot order. Inspired by the columnist’s real experiences, the comedy will follow the lead character, loosely based on Savage, as his life takes a positive, new turn when his son comes out of the closet. Written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson, Savage will produce, along with Brian Pines and Dan McDermott.

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  1. YoJoLo says:

    Sorry, I tried to like The Catch but the only chemistry between any of the characters was between the two leads and that ended quickly. My husband watched the first couple episodes with me and bailed out because he said the cast didn’t mesh. I agree. Quit after the first five episodes.

  2. kch says:

    A badly made show with a bad actress was secret diary of the American teenager staring the divergent girl. she is so bad an actress – why is she getting work

    • Rena Moretti says:

      My guess is that it’s the usual: she is someone’s daughter/niece/daughter of a Hollywood big-wig’s buddy etc…

      Of course, they’ll try to keep that as quiet as possible…

  3. singsongsoy says:

    Guess which one of SR’s new shows I’ll be watching? NONE! After her debacle with Scandal I will NEVER watch anything she has anything to do with.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      I do have respect for her because of Gray’s Anatomy real success, but Scandal is a really badly-made show with a really bad actress and is not doing well.

      I also don’t connect with her method of making soaps out of the genres she creates shows in, but others may love the idea…

  4. meg says:

    shonda asks why the female qualifier but it is no surprise when her male characters are poorly developed compared to the female ones that is hardly equality!Tbh I am shocked she is doing another show she should have the decency to finish Grey’s Anatomy before starting on others.

  5. Ellen says:

    Instead of writing even more shows, she should concentrate on writing more and better for Grey’s Anatomy. She writes almost nothing for GA anymore.

  6. 'Murica says:

    Well 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.

    • zyggie says:

      Correct me if i’m wrong, have they not cancelled Grey’s Anatomy?

      I stopped watching that show years ago when K. Heigl was on there and she was not a good actress.
      Chevy and Bev’s new show i’ll try to watch but, it does not sound like it will hold my attention.

  7. Rena Moretti says:

    Once again, Stephen Lee and ABC decided to go back to the flop well and pay Josh Schwartz more money to make them another flop…

    How trite and predictable!!

    • S. says:

      You mean Paul Lee? If they’re letting an imaginary person named Stephen run ABC now, I’d say that’s pretty unpredictable and out of the box thinking myself.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Paul Lee, you are very right!!!!

        I guess I was thinking of late character actor Stephen Lee from Nash Bridges and many other shows, who really didn’t deserve the insult. RIP.

  8. Rena Moretti says:

    Not sure where you see all those shows featuring lesbians as leads on ABC’s schedule…

    Not that it’d be a bad thing if the shows were actually good.

    Paul Lee’s problem is that he is incapable or ordering something good… Agent Carter, to take your example, doesn’t fail because its lead is a women, but because it’s the spinoff of a flop!!!

    Yes, people it’s that simple!! Don’t spin off flops!! But Paul Lee gets paid millions to make such brilliant decisions.

    THAT is the real scandal.

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