7:26pm PT by Lesley Goldberg, Lacey Rose
ABC Studios to Shop 'Murder in Manhattan' to Other Networks
ABC isn't moving forward with drama pilot Murder in Manhattan.
However, the drama about a mother (Annie Potts) and daughter (Bridget Regan) who team as amateur sleuths will be shopped to cable networks.
According to multiple sources, the pilot will be shopped to other networks and cablers through ABC Studios' lower-cost programming unit. (Tracy Underwood was tapped to run the latter in fall 2012.)
Although selling passed-over product has proved challenging, ABC Studios had luck selling Devious Maids to Lifetime after ABC opted not to move forward with the Marc Cherry drama at this time last year. ABC Studios is expected to shop multiple passed-over pilots via Underwood's unit.
Murder in Manhattan hails from writer/executive producer Maria Maggenti (90210) and counts DarkFire's Ryan Reynolds, Jonathon Komack Martin, Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl. Cherie Nowlan directed the pilot, which was filmed in New York.
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ABC is expected to make the first of its series orders and renewals Friday, May 10.