ABC Adds Magic, Sunken Treasure Drama Pilots

Lighter fare continues to be a popular theme this season.
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Don Todd

ABC continue to add to its pilot slate.

The network has handed out pilot orders to dramas For Love and Salvage, both produced in-house at ABC Studios.

For Love is from feature writer-director Michael Cooney (Identity) and revolves around Hope Castille, who, five years after her fiancé is killed, gets a phone call from him. It is described as an epic love triangle set against a grounded, secret world of magic in present-day New Orleans. Kim Moses (Gone, Conviction) executive produces alongside Cooney.

Salvage, meanwhile, is from writer and executive producer Don Todd (This Is Us, Samantha Who) and centers on ex-cop Jimmy Hill, who just wants to be left alone in quiet retirement back home in rural Florida. But when a local murder is linked to the sunken treasure of a lost Spanish galleon, he's drawn into the investigation by an idealistic deputy and pitted against the powerful town patriarch, outside criminal agents and his own father.

ABC has now ordered four drama pilots to go along with a pair of straight-to-series procedurals for the 2018-19 broadcast season. For Love is among the wave of lighter-themed fare that broadcasters have been targeting this pilot season following the success of ABC's The Good Doctor.

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