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‘Empire’ Producer Ilene Chaiken Developing Two New Drama Projects at Fox

Ilene Chaiken is developing two one-hour drama projects at Fox, one of which has a put pilot order while the other is a script order with a significant penalty attached.

The put pilot order is for “Mrs. Otis Regrets.” The series would follow FBI Special Agent Clementine Otis who is in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion – an adulterous affair with a prominent government official – shatters her life and her career at the FBI. While her former lover endures tepid condemnation and a few minor setbacks, Clementine is spectacularly publicly shamed, loses her job, her reputation, her credibility, possibly her family, and her access to the one person that could help her to thwart a major violent incident.

Melissa Scrivner Lore will write and executive produce with Chaiken.  Judy Smith and Oly Obst will also executive produce. 20th Century Fox, where Chaiken is set up under an overall deal, will produce.

The project with the significant penalty attached is for medical drama “Triage.” Based on material by David Cornue, the potential series interweaves three distinct phases of two women’s lives: in 2008, Rose and Celia are surgery interns at Stanford, with the show following their careers into 2018 and 2028, as they explore cutting-edge medical techniques, and face challenges both professional and personal. But despite any obstacles in their way, Rose and Celia’s epic friendship is the one constant in each other’s lives they can count on.

Chaiken will write the project in addition to serving as executive producer, while Cornue will serve as consulting producer. Tom Lesinski, David Ellender, Jenna Santoianni, Steven Marrs, Courtney Hazlett will executive produce. Sonar Entertainment and OutEast Entertainment will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Chaiken is an executive producer and showrunner on Fox’s hit music drama “Empire.” Prior to taking the reins of “Empire,” she co-created Showtime’s “The L Word.” She also currently serves as an executive producer on Hulu’s critically acclaimed series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

She is repped by WME and 3Arts Entertainment.

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