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TNT has given a drama pilot order to “Hinges,” a project from Warner Horizon Television that examines two families of different races living in suburbia.

The project from “ER” and “Criminal Minds” writer Janine Sherman Barrois is based on her short story “The Boom.” She exec produces with “ER’s” John Wells, Anthony Hemingway (“The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and Mark Taylor (“Underground”). Barrois is also working on a second pilot for TNT.

” ‘Hinges’ deals with timely, relevant issues, which not only makes for great storytelling but will also contribute to larger cultural conversations,” said Sarah Aubrey, exec VP of original programming for TNT. “We look forward to expanding TNT’s relationship with John Wells, whose ‘Animal Kingdom’ was one of the summer’s biggest hits, and Janine Sherman Barrois, who is also producing our new dramedy pilot ‘Claws.’ ”

“Hinges” will follow two sets of neighbors whose lives are changed by a scandal that rocks the community. The plan is for the focus to shift to a different set of families each season.

The order for “Hinges” comes as TNT is in the midst of a brand makeover to an edgier brand of dramas than the procedurals that have defined the cabler in the past. “Animal Kingdom” was part of the new wave that will continue in November with “Good Behavior,” starring “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery. Also on tap for 2017 debuts is the high-profile adaptation of “The Alienist,” the young Shakespeare vehicle “Will” and “Foreign Bodies,” about a group of young people traveling across Asia.

“Hinges” is the fifth pilot order percolating at TNT this year. That list includes “Claws,” a darkly comic drama set in a Florida nail salon with Barrois serving as a showrunner and exec producer.

(Pictured: John Wells)