ABC makes room for 'Happy Town'

Latest drama from 'Life on Mars' team

ABC is headed for "Happy Town."

The network has greenlighted a two-hour pilot from the project, written by "October Road" creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg.

In the vein of ABC's cult drama "Twin Peaks," "Happy Town" is a mystery set in the hamlet of Happy Town, which had enjoyed a seven-year peace after a series of kidnappings until it is hit by another crime.

The drama, written on spec, had enjoyed strong buzz since the script was delivered to the studio a week ago.

ABC Studios, where Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg have an overall deal, is producing the project. Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg are exec producing.

The trio also created and are executive producing the ABC/ABC Studios freshman drama "Life on Mars" and exec produced the ABC Family/ABC Studios/Alloy series "Samurai Girl."