Elizabeth Banks The Trustee ABC pilot
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ABC has picked up “The Trustee,” a comedy pilot from writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, plus executive producers Elizabeth Banks and Max HandelmanVariety has learned.

The hourlong project is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy. The pilot follows a stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Though the duo has completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.

Scherick and Ronn co-wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producers with Banks and Handelman, who are producing through their Brownstone Productions banner. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

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The pilot pickup marks a move into broadcast for Brownstone Prods., which has had much success on the big screen with the “Pitch Perfect” franchise. The production company has a number of TV projects in development at various broadcast networks, which are all in contention for the 2017-2018 season.

In addition to this pilot, ABC has ordered comedy pilots for “Start Up” starring Zach Braff; “Libby & Malcolm,” starring Felicity Huffman and Kenya Barris; “Raised By Wolves” from Greg Berlanti and Diablo Cody; plus a show about a city mayor from “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs. As for dramas, the network has pilots for a Shondaland legal drama; time-travel series “The Crossing”; magician-centric show “Deception”; Carol Mendelsohn’s “Doomsday”; Daniel Dae Kim’s “The Good Doctor”; and a project from Marc Cherry starring Reba McEntire. The network also picked up “Marvel’s The Inhumans” straight-to-series.

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