“Agatha,” “Warriors,” “Astronaut Wives Club” and an untitled Richard LaGravenese project are among the orders
ABC has piled on four more drama pilots to its growing pile. They include ”Agatha” from Mark Gordon and “Astronaut Wives Club” from “Gossip Girl” producer Stephanie Savage.
“Agatha” is a character-driven procedural. A former convict turned big city criminologist is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. The chief detective she’s been hired to help is her father – and they haven’t talked in 15 years.
It comes from the Mark Gordon Co. and executive producer Michael McDonald for ABC Studios.
“The Astronaut Wives Club” hales from exec producer Savage, Fake Empire (“Hart of Dixie,” “Carrie Diaries”) and Groundswell. It tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.
From Chris Keyser comes “Warriors.” It follows the best and brightest of active duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan, on military families and veterans, as well as administering to Washington's government elite.
From Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman's Mandeville and ABC Studios, Stephen Baigelman, the original writer of the script, will stay on with the show.
Finally, there's the untitled Richard LaGravenese drama. LaGravenese wrote the screenplays for HBO's “Behind the Candelabra,” the films “Beautiful Creatures” and “Water for Elephants,” among others. Erwin Stoff (“The Matrix”), Ilene Staple and Wren Arthur (“A Prairie Home Companion”) will executive produce with ABC Studios.
Set in New York City, it revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others.
The four pickups bring the network's drama pilot orders to a total of 11. It has also ordered two straight-to-series pickups.