WB Net develops ‘Felicity’

Abrams, Reeves attached to exec produce

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.

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.

Actress Keri Russell has been tapped for the lead. Russell has ap-peared 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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