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ABC Buys Shonda Rhimes-Exec Produced Drama 'Lawless' (Inspired By Trucker-Turned-Lawyer)

22 July 2013 4:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland production company will executive produce a new project that ABC has put into development, titled Lawless. To be written by Kj Steinberg (Mistresses), the drama, said to be inspired by real life of trucker-turned-lawyer Wynona Ward, founder of Have Justice Will Travel, will tell the story of a lawyer who returns to her hometown to mend some fences, she left broken. Ward's story, courtesy of Deadline: A former victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, Ward got compelled at age 41 by the news of another child in her family getting sexually abused by relatives to go to college and law school and start a group that provides free legal representation and support services to victims of domestic violence in rural areas. Shonda Rhimes and Steinberg previously worked together on anothe ABC project, Gilded Lilys, a period drama set in 1895, revolving around the »

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ABC Buys Legal Drama From Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland & Writer Kj Steinberg

22 July 2013 4:08 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: In one of the first buys for the upcoming development cycle, ABC has put in development Lawless, from Mistresses developer/executive producer Kj Steinberg and Shonda RhimesShondaland. The project tells the story of Joanna James, a maverick lawyer who returns to her hometown to right the wrongs she left behind. It is inspired by the real life of crusading trucker-turned-lawyer Wynona Ward, founder of Have Justice Will Travel. Former victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, Ward got compelled at age 41 by the news of another child in her family getting sexually abused by relatives to go to college and law school and start a group that provides free legal representation and support services to victims of domestic violence in rural areas. Steinberg is writing Lawless, which she is executive producing with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers in conjunction with UK-based producers Esther Douglas and Tara Cook. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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John Barrowman Teases Return of The Dark Archer, Mysterious Role on Scandal

30 April 2013 12:06 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

As you saw from the just-released photos from the Arrow season finale, things are going to heat up between Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) over the next two week.

Just how much – and how it plays out – remains to be seen.

But what of Malcolm’s relationship with his son, Tommy (Colin Donnell) or Queen’s mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson)?

I sat down with the always-fun John Barrowman last week to break down what’s ahead on the final episodes, whether we’ll see Malcolm in Season 2 of the CW hit and to see if he would tell us anything about his hush-hush role on Scandal Season 2...

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TV Fanatic: Is anything Malcolm is doing for his son, or is it all self-serving?

John Barrowman: I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you. If I were to tell you that, it would be »

- jimhalterman@gmail.com (Jim Halterman)

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'Scandal': 'Arrow' and 'Torchwood' star John Barrowman guest-starring in May

10 April 2013 11:29 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Scandal" has booked another easy-on-the-eyes male guest star for an episode later this season.

"Torchwood" star John Barrowman will appear on the ABC drama's next-to-last episode of the season, scheduled to air May 9. Series creator Shonda Rhimes broke the news Tuesday (April 9) with the following tweet:

"John Barrowman is here working at @ScandalABC today. Life is good. #torchwood #captainjack #iamanerd"

Per usual with "Scandal," Rhimes is keeping the particulars of Barrowman's character under wraps. The show is currently in the midst of a story arc about a mole within the CIA who is somehow connected to Jake Ballard (Scott Foley), the military intelligence officer who's simultaneously romancing Olivia (Kerry Washington) and spying on her at the behest of the president (Tony Goldwyn).

Barrowman and Rhimes have worked together once before: He starred in the Rhimes-produced ABC pilot "Gilded Lilys" last year, but it didn't go to series. He currently has »

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John Barrowman to Guest Star on Scandal

10 April 2013 5:29 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

John Barrowman will take a mini break from Arrow next month.

The actor, recurring on that CW smash and also beloved for his role as Captain Jack Harness Dr. Who, will stop by Scandal later this year.

It's unclear what character Barrowman will be taking on, but creator Shonda Rhimes announced the news last night over Twitter:

"John Barrowman is here working at @ScandalABC today," she wrote. "Life is good.  #torchwood #captainjack #iamanerd."

Barrowman will appear on the penultimate episode of Scandal Season 2 on May.

He had been hoping to work with Rhimes on Gilded Lilys, but ABC chose not to pick up last year. »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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'Scandal' Books John Barrowman

9 April 2013 7:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

John Barrowman is reteaming with Shonda Rhimes. The Torchwood alum has booked a guest starring role on Rhimes' hot second-year drama Scandal, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Rhimes took to her Twitter page late Tuesday to share the news. Photos: The Couples of Shondaland: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice,' 'Scandal' "John Barrowman is here working at @ScandalABCtoday. Life is good. #torchwood #captainjack #iamanerd" the prolific showrunner wrote. This marks the second time Barrowman has worked with Rhimes: he starred in the Scandal and Grey's Anatomy creator's 2012 ABC drama pilot Gilded Lilys, which did not move forward at the network.

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Scandal Enlists John Barrowman for Guest Stint

9 April 2013 6:58 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Olivia Pope meet Captain Jack.

Scandal has tapped Torchwood-turned-Arrow actor John Barrowman for a Season 2 guest stint, series creator Shonda Rhimes announced on Twitter late Tuesday.

John Barrowman is here working today at Scandal,” Rhimes wrote. “Life is good.”

Related | Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Scandal, Glee, Nikita, Once Upon a Time, Bones and More

Rhimes didn’t reveal any further details about Barrowman’s character. Sources, meanwhile, confirm he’ll appear in this season’s penultimate episode on Thursday, May 9.

Barrowman had a role in Rhimes’ ill-fated ABC period drama pilot Gilded Lilys.

Thoughts? Who do you think the actor is playing? »

- Michael Ausiello

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Sarah Bolger Joins ‘Mixology’, ‘Returned’ Adds Mark Hildreth, Leslie Bibb In ‘Boy’

7 March 2013 10:43 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sarah Bolger extending her relationship with ABC with a lead role in the network’s single-camera comedy Mixology, directed by Larry Charles from a script by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, Mixology, from ABC Studios, chronicles the exploits of singles, five guys and five girls, in search of love — all over the course of one night. Bolger will play one of them, Janey, Jessica’s (Alexis Carra) sweet, naive, little sister from New Jersey. Tonight is her big night in the city and she is woefully unprepared for the aggressive Manhattan dating scene. CAA-repped Bolger recurs on ABC/ABC Studios’ Once Upon A Time as Princess Aurora last season starred in their Shonda Rhimes-produced pilot Gilded Lilys. The Tudors alumna  toplines two indies that are yet to come out, Crush and Kiss Me. Mark Hildreth has joined another ABC/ABC Studios pilot, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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