'Battlestar Galactica's' Ron Moore Sells Western to ABC

Ron Moore

Ron Moore is going from space to the Old West.

The Battlestar Galactica executive producer and Caprica writer Matt Roberts have sold a Western drama, Hangtown, to ABC.

From Sony Pictures Television, Moore will produce the project – described as a Western with procedural elements that takes place in a frontier town in the early 1900s grappling with the development of the railroad.

The potential series would revolve around the Marshal who solves crimes by instinct; an East Cost crime-solving doctor who relies on emerging forensics; and a young woman who writes about crime in the Wild West.

Westerns continue to be a hot property of late, with Friday Night Lights duo Peter Berg and Liz Heldens selling a Western project told from a female point of view to NBC; ABC has David Zabel’s Gunslinger and James Mangold’s Ralph Lamb is at CBS.

AMC also has its upcoming Western Hell On Wheels, set during the building of Union Pacific Railroad in the 1860s, with Gateway at TNT.

Moore had futuristic crime procedural 17th Precinct set up at NBC last year, but the project failed to get the series nod from the network.

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