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Lifetime has ordered a drama pilot about a supermarket manager who unexpectedly becomes the governor of New Jersey.

The pilot, "The Amazing Mrs. Novak," is based on a six-part U.K. series titled "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard," about a woman who stumbles into becoming prime minister.

Vanessa Taylor, co-creator of the WB's "Jack & Bobby," will adapt the series and serve as showrunner. Taylor also has been a writer on "Everwood," "Alias" and "Gideon's Crossing."

The project is produced by Kudos Film and Television, a Shine Group Co., through Warner Horizon. Shine's Carolyn Bernstein will executive produce along with Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett and Taylor.

The pilot is one of a few picked up by the network, including another U.K. adaptation, "Mistresses," from Fox 21, about a quartet of thirtysomething women who have been friends since college. Another is "Drop Dead Diva" from Sony, about a vapid model whose mind is put in the body of a brilliant but frumpy lawyer.

Taylor is repped by UTA, Management 360 and attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie. (partialdiff)
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