WB net develops ‘Felicity’

The WB network is developing a new drama, “Felicity,” from Imagine TV. The show is executive produced by feature film writer J.J. Abrams (“Regarding Henry”) and director Matt Reeves (“The Pallbearer”) and is being targeted for fall 1998.

The WB has ordered a pilot of the new drama, which could eventually make a slightly older companion to “Dawson’s Creek,” in the same way that “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place” were paired.

If “Felicity” gets on the air, it will be the third drama created by a hot young feature writer for the netlet. The WB also has projects with Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek”) and Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), and the web is hoping to become the place for up-and-coming feature players to apply their talents to the small screen.

The show, to be written by Abrams and directed by Reeves, follows the life of a young woman named Felicity as she leaves home for the first time and goes off to college. Set in New York, Felicity follows her unrequited high school crush to New York University after he writes a flattering passage in her yearbook.

Actress Keri Russell has been tapped for the lead. Russell has appeared in the features “Dead Man’s Curve,” “Eight Days a Week” and “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid,” and she’s starred in several telefilms such as NBC’s “The Babysitter’s Seduction” and “The Lottery.” She was also a series regular on NBC’s “Malibu Shores” and CBS’ “Daddy’s Girls.”

In addition to writing the feature “Regarding Henry,” Abrams wrote the upcoming film “Speed Racer,” and he rewrote films such as “Con Air.” Reeves directed the David Schwimmer starrer “The Pallbearer,” as well as episodes of the now-canceled ABC drama “Relativity” and NBC’s “Homicide.”

Russell is repped by the Gersh Agency, and Abrams and Reeves are repped by Endeavor.

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