7:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Political Thriller From 'Scandal's' Jenna Bans Nabs ABC Pilot Order
ABC is looking to a Shondaland disciple for its next political thriller.
The network on Wednesday handed out a pilot-pickup to Flesh and Blood, a drama from Scandal scribe Jenna Bans, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Bans vehicle follows the return of a local politician's young son, presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade earlier, that sent shock waves through his tight-knit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago.
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Bans — a Shondaland grad whose credits include creating the Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers-produced Hawaii medical drama Off the Map, as well as Private Practice and Scandal — will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios and Mandeville Productions drama alongside the company's David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks.
Bans and Mandeville are both under overall deals at ABC Studios, with the former having a long-standing relationship with the studio dating back to Desperate Housewives. The drama marks Bans' first project under her new pact with the studio behind Scandal and reunites her with Mandeville, which produced last year's Jennifer Carpenter drama pilot, Sea of Fire. The drama landed at ABC with a script commitment in September.
The order brings ABC's drama pilot haul to eight, off five from a year ago.