3:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope
CIA Drama From 'The Catch' Producer in the Works at ABC
Julie Anne Robinson is returning to ABC.
The network has given a put-pilot commitment to a CIA drama produced by the former executive producer of The Catch, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Titled Romeos & Juliets, the project centers on a badass, tough-as-nails female CIA operative who is forced to partner with a handsome, self-absorbed agent from the CIA's elite "Romeo and Juliet" division — agents who are trained to use sex and charm to keep America safe.
Jay Scherick and David Ronn (2017's Baywatch) wrote the hourlong and will exec produce with Robinson, who will also direct the pilot, should it move forward at ABC. Robinson's producing partner Kelly Pancho will produce.
Romeos & Juliets marks the first sale for Robinson's CannyLads banner under her overall deal with Universal Television. She moved to Universal TV in May after five years at ABC Studios, where she served as an exec producer on The Catch. The Shondaland series ran two seasons before it was canceled by ABC in May.
In addition to producing, Robinson has also directed on series including Orange Is the New Black, The Middle, Masters of Sex and I'm Dying Up Here. She is repped by CAA and Sloan, Offer.
Scherick and Ronn most recently penned the ABC legal drama The Trustee, headlined by Laverne Cox, which was picked up to pilot but failed to land a series order in May. The duo, whose other credits include Zookeeper and The Smurfs, are repped by UTA.
Romeos & Juliets marks a rare outside sale for Universal TV as vertical integration has become increasingly important at the Big Four broadcast networks. This past spring for the first time ever, NBC only picked up new series from sister studio Universal TV.