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Michael Engler has been tapped to direct ABC drama pilot Notorious, from Josh Berman and The Firm. Inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker, Notorious was written by Drop Dead Diva creator Berman and blogger Allie Hagan (Suri's Burn Book). Described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media, it follows the professional and personal relationship… »
ABC is wrapping the bulk of its pilot pickups today with several more orders, to drama Notorious, based on Mark Geragos, from Josh Berman and The Firm; and four comedies: Shondaland’s Toast, written by Felicity alums and long-time friends Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg; Hail Mary, an adaptation of the Austrian series Braunschlag, from Brian Gallivan and Seth Gordon; a lesbian-straight duo comedy, from writers Ed Weeks & Hannah Mackay and exec producer Andrew Reich; and The… »
The same day ABC picked up four drama pilots, the network ordered five more — one additional drama and four comedies, Variety has learned.
“Toast” hails from writers Foley and Greg Grunberg, who will both exec produce along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. From ABC Studios, the hybrid comedy follows a couple’s road to marriage. Over the course of Max and Page’s wedding rehearsal dinner, their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the real story of their complicated, funny, and relatable road to marriage. The story is by by Foley and Grunberg, and the teleplay by Foley.
“Toast” marks the second pilot order from Shondaland this cycle, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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