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Jada Pinkett Smith to Exec Produce & Star in ABC Pilot from A+E Studios

9 November 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Murder Town,” a legal drama to be exec produced by star Jada Pinkett Smith, has landed at ABC as a put pilot, Variety has learned.

The potential series hails from A+E Studios and marks the first project to be sold to a network outside the A+E Networks portfolio.

Pinkett Smith will star as a beautiful and complicated prosecutor who makes history as Wilmington, Delaware’s first African-American District Attorney. She finds herself confronted by old loyalties and loves, a shocking revelation about her murdered husband and a polarizing, racially-charged case that threatens to burn her and her city to the ground.

Barry Schindel (“Intelligence,” “Numb3rs”) penned the pilot, which is based on an original script by Rob Fresco. “Murder Town” marks a reunion for the writer/producer and ABC, as he has worked on the network’s long-running crime drama “Castle.”

Schindel will exec produce with Pinkett Smith, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jada Pinkett Smith Thriller ‘Murder Town’ Sold to ABC

9 November 2015 11:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jada Pinkett Smith will star and executive produce “Murder Town,” a thriller ordered by ABC as a put pilot. Barry Schindel will write and executive produce the show, which will star Pinkett Smith as Wilmington, Delaware’s, first African American District Attorney, who finds herself confronted by old loyalties and loves, a shocking revelation about her murdered husband and a polarizing, racially charged case that threatens to burn her and her city to the ground. Schindel is writing the pilot based on an original script by Rob Fresco. Also Read: TheWrap's TV Stars and Showrunners Exclusive Portraits (Updating Photos) “Murder Town” will be executive. »

- Linda Ge

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Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.08, “The Friendliest Place On Earth”: Clear eyes, severe hearts, mustn’t lose

9 July 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wayward Pines, Season 1, Episode 8, “The Friendliest Place On Earth”

Written by Patrick Aison and Rob Fresco and Chad Hodge and Blake Crouch

Directed by Tim Hunter

Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

One of the most interesting things about Wayward Pines—and one of the reasons why it’s been so successful as a summer potboiler show—is the way that it’s a series where the central conflict is constantly in motion. Every week the stakes seem to shift one way or the other, peoples’ allegiance to one side or the other blurring as their motivations become clearer. Ethan’s trying to get out of town, then he’s trying to keep his family safe, then he’s trying to keep the town safe. Kate goes from placid resident of the town to the most extreme member of its insurgent group. And Pam goes from zealous follower of »

- Les Chappell

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Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.07, “Betrayal”: Dance into the fire

2 July 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wayward Pines, Season 1, Episode 7, “Betrayal”

Written by Rob Fresco

Directed by Steve Shill

Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

There’s been an interesting shift that’s taken place in Wayward Pines since the events of “The Truth.” Before the real nature of the town was revealed, so much of the drama and intrigue was based on the odd way that all of its inhabitants were behaving, with a prevailing Stepford Wives or Twilight Zone aura. Everyone in town felt as though they were making an effort to imitate real behavior, but didn’t quite grasp it beyond surface mechanics. Since the big reveal, the curtain has pulled back to reveal that the town’s inhabitants are indeed very human. And being human makes them all the more problematic: they’re not easy to control, don’t like not knowing what is going on, and are willing to fight for what they want. »

- Les Chappell

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