ABC Orders Pilot for ’70s Modeling-Agency Soap

“Model Women” is written and executive produced by “Reality Bites” scribe Helen Childress

ABC has given a pilot order to 1970s modeling agency soap “Model Women.”

From TriStar Television, the pilot is a fictionalized family drama written by “Reality Bites” scribe Helen Childress.

The series, inspired by Robert Lacey’s book “Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty,” will be set during the notorious Model Wars. It is centered on Bertie Geiss, a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling agency.

Rosalie Swedlin and Scarlett Lacey will also serve as executive producers.

Among ABC’s other drama pilots are “Conviction,” about a team that investigates wrongful convictions and Shondaland’s “Romeo and Juliet” follow-up, “Still Star-Crossed.”

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