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ABC Gives Put Pilot Order to Music Drama With Meghan Trainor Producing

In a competitive situation, ABC has given a put pilot order with a penalty attached to a music drama that boasts Grammy winner Meghan Trainor among its executive producers, Variety has learned.

“Broken Record” will follow the superstar girl group The Candies, whose careers imploded nine years ago. Now, on the anniversary of their breakup, a tragic event brings the girls back together for an unexpected encore. In addition to executive producing, Trainor will also contribute original music to the show. Danny Rose, Drew Comins, and Jenni Ross will also executive produce, with Ross writing the script. The project stems from an original idea by Rose and Justin Sylvester, who will serve as co-executive producer. The Mark Gordon Company will produce. The project marks the first broadcast sale via The Mark Gordon Company’s overall deal with Comins’ new shingle Creative Engine Entertainment. Ross previously wrote for the series “Underemployed” and will write the upcoming feature films “Hot Mess” and “The Baby Shower.”

ABC previously aired the music drama series “Nashville,” which took place in the world of country music. It was cancelled last May, but subsequently picked up for a fifth season by CMT. Tonight, Fox will debut Seasons 4 and 2 respectively of the Lee Daniels-produced music series “Empire” and “Star.”

The Mark Gordon Company currently produces the ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Quantico” and serves as co-studio with ABC Studios on “Designated Survivor.” The company is also producing an untitled comedy series in development at the network about Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit, with Priyanka Chopra attached as an executive producer.

Trainor is represented by CAA, Full Stop Management and Myman, Greenspan, Fox and Rosenberg, LLP. Ross is repped by The Gersh Agency and Haven Entertainment.

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