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Jada Pinkett Smith to Exec Produce & Star in ABC Pilot from A+E Studios

Murder Town,” a legal drama to be exec produced by star Jada Pinkett Smith, has landed at ABC as a put pilot, Variety has learned.

The potential series hails from A+E Studios and marks the first project to be sold to a network outside the A+E Networks portfolio.

Pinkett Smith will star as a beautiful and complicated prosecutor who makes history as Wilmington, Delaware’s first African-American District Attorney. She finds herself confronted by old loyalties and loves, a shocking revelation about her murdered husband and a polarizing, racially-charged case that threatens to burn her and her city to the ground.

Barry Schindel (“Intelligence,” “Numb3rs”) penned the pilot, which is based on an original script by Rob Fresco. “Murder Town” marks a reunion for the writer/producer and ABC, as he has worked on the network’s long-running crime drama “Castle.”

Schindel will exec produce with Pinkett Smith, plus Miguel Melendez. Overbrook Entertainment will produce with A+E Studios.

Pinkett Smith and Overbrook Entertainment are repped by Paradigm and attorney Jason Sloan. Schindel is repped by CAA and attorney Tom Hoberman.

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