ABC is staying in business with Shonda Rhimes.
The mega-producer has landed yet another series at the network, with “Still Star-Crossed” being handed a series order for the 2016-2017 season.
“Still Star-Crossed” is a departure for Shondaland, as it marks the first period drama from a company that’s known for “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away with Murder.”
Based on Melinda Taub’s book of the same name, “Still Star-Crossed” picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
The cast includes Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline, Ebonee Noel as Livia, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Susan Wooldrigde as Nurse, Torrance Coombs as Paris and Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence. “Scandal” and “Grey’s” alum Heather Mitchell is writer and exec producer. Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Michael Goldstein and pilot director Michael Offer are also exec producing the ABC Studios project.
“The Catch,” which premiered this year, stars Mireille Enos and Peter Krause. Hailing from Shondaland and ABC Studios, the new drama has been steady, but underwhelming, on Thursdays behind “Scandal,” averaging a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million total viewers in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates.
Earlier this year, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “HTGAWM” were all renewed.