ABC Orders Pilots for ‘Big Thunder’ Drama, Gothic Soap Opera

"Big Thunder," written by Jason Fuchs, will follow a 19th century doctor whose family relocates to a mysterious frontier town

Last Updated: January 29, 2013 @ 5:09 PM

ABC has ordered pilots for the dramas "Big Thunder" and "Gothica," the network said Tuesday.

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"Big Thunder," which is written by "Ice Age" writer Jason Fuchs (pictured) and executive produced by Chris Morgan ("Wanted," "The Troop"; pictured below) follows a brilliant doctor in late 19th century New York whose family is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon. However, they quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems.

ABC Studios is producing the pilot, which is based on the Big Mountain Thunder Railroad ride at several Disney-owned theme parks.

"Gothica," meanwhile, is described as a "sexy gothic soap opera set in present day" that "weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray among others."

The project, written by Matt Lopez, comes from ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Company.