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Kings will rule on ABC cop show

Skein explores 'hypocrisy and denial' of suburban life

ABC is headed to the ‘burbs, pacting with feature scribe/producer Robert King (“Vertical Limit”) on an hourlong cop show from Touchstone Television-based exec producer Francie Calfo.

Project reps the first script Calfo has set up under her new pod deal at Touchstone (Daily Variety, August 19.)

Alphabet has given a premium script commitment to the drama, which will be written by King and his wife, Michelle. Duo penned an unsold drama pilot for ABC a few years back dubbed “The Line,” as well as last year’s “The Good Life.”

Untitled skein will revolve around a police force in a suburban community.

Stress test

“It’s about an urban cop from New Jersey who’s on the run from his past and accepts what he thinks is a less stressful job in the suburbs,” said Robert King. “It turns out it’s just as stressful in the suburbs.”

Michelle King said the pilot will also explore “the combination of hypocrisy and denial” among ‘burb citizens, who often think crime is a big city issue.

In addition to the Kings and Calfo, former ABC Entertainment topper Stu Bloomberg has been working on the project.

Calfo said she’s enjoying dealing with Bloomberg, having spent so much time selling projects to him when she was an exec at Touchstone Television.

“We’ve always gotten along great together, and he’s got a great eye for development,” she said.

Robert King’s feature credits include “Red Corner” and “Speechless.” He wrote and is directing the Jennifer Love Hewitt starrer “My Romance,” being produced by 20th Century Fox and Davis Entertainment.

Deal was packaged by the Kings’ reps at Paradigm and Anonymous.