'Scandal's' Jenna Bans Sells Political Thriller to ABC

Jenna Bans Headshot - P 2014
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Jenna Bans Headshot - P 2014

ABC is back in business with Jenna Bans.

The Scandal writer and co-executive producer has sold a political thriller to the network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The untitled drama follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade earlier, sending shock waves throughout their tight-knit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?

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Bans 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. The untitled 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.

Bans has a long history with ABC that dates back to Desperate Housewives. Following a nearly 50-episode run on the Marc Cherry drama, she moved over to Shondaland with gigs on Private Practice and Grey's Anatomy before launching her own Shonda Rhimes/Betsy Beers-produced drama, Off the Map, which ran for one season. Bans is repped by UTA and Morris Yorn; Mandeville is also with UTA.

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