11:50am PT by Lesley Goldberg
J.J. Abrams, 'One Tree Hill' Creator Developing Hotel Drama for CW
J.J. Abrams could be coming to the CW.
The young-skewing network has given a script commitment to Maine, a drama set at an inn in Maine from Lost creator Abrams and One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn.
Schwahn, whose One Tree Hill begins its ninth and final season Jan. 11, will write the project and executive produce Maine via Mastermind shingle, with Abrams and Bryan Burk's Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot also exec producing.
Maine reunites Abrams with CW president Mark Pedowitz and executive vp drama development Thom Sherman, all of whom worked together on ABC/ABC Studios' Lost.
Should the project get a series order, it would mark Abrams' return to the network in which he started. The former WB Network was home to his first series, the Keri Russell starrer Felicity, which ran from 1998-2002.
Maine stands as Abrams' second project this development season, behind Revolution, an adventure thriller he's developing with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. NBC has given a pilot production commitment to the project.
The drama also gives Abrams projects at all of the broadcast networks except ABC: CBS has given a full-season order to rookie drama Person of Interest; and Fox will launch Alcatraz on Jan. 16. Abrams' last ABC project, CIA drama Undercovers, failed to catch on with viewers last season.
Maine also becomes the latest hotel-set project this development season; Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes has Gilded Lillys set up at ABC.