ABC rides with ‘Scoundrels’

Net gives drama 8-episide pick-up to adaptation

ABC has picked up eight episodes of “Scoundrels,” the one-hour adaption of a hit New Zealand-based comedic drama.

Show will air this summer on ABC. Scribes Lyn Greene and Richard Levine exec produce and wrote the pilot, which comes from ABC Studios.

Also attached as exec producer is Francie Calfo. South Pacific Pictures’ John Barnett, whose company originated the project in New Zealand, is also exec producing. Michael Larkin and Michael Goldstein are also attached, as co-EPs.

Project centers on a family of small-time crooks who decide to go legit after their father lands in jail. Each family member, however, struggles with their newfound straight existence in a different way.

Greene’s and Levine’s credits include “Nip/Tuck,” “JAG” and “Normal, Ohio.”

In New Zealand, the show goes by the title “Outrageous Fortune,” and is now in its sixth cycle. James Griffin and Rachel Lang created the original series.

Scoundrels” repped a second stab by ABC at adapting “Outrageous Fortune.” Rob Thomas produced a version in 2008, titled “Good Behavior,” which ultimately didn’t go to series.

The pilot to “Good Behavior” starred Catherine O’Hara, Gary Cole, Jeffrey Tambor, Treat Williams and Mae Whitman, among others.

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