ABC Family prepares to order Sherman-Palladino pilot

Cabler ready to give go-ahead for 'Strut,' 'Intercept'

ABC Family is set to give a pilot order to “Strut,” from writer Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Sherman-Palladino, the creative force behind the longtime dramedy “Gilmore Girls,” was asked to come onboard and give the show a refreshening after network execs felt the original pilot needed retooling. Sherman-Palladino will exec produce with Anna Mastro, Charlie Stratton and Norman Buckley.

The show centers on a Las Vegas showgirl who unwittingly marries a Texan and becomes a high school drill team instructor.

Pilot, which was written on spec by Lamar Damon, Norman Buckley and Anna Mastro, received a cast-contingent order last year but was unable to cast the actors it had hoped to secure.

Teen-based cabler is also giving a pilot order on action-driven drama “Intercept,” from scribe Ray Wright, about college students who are crime solvers. “Strut” and “Intercept” are inhouse productions for ABC Family.

As it preps a number of pilot orders and series renewals, ABC Family also did some housecleaning on Thursday, pulling the plug on “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” after one season.