'Women' working overtime
EmptyThere will be an additional day of shooting on ABC's drama pilot "Women's Murder Club."
The pilot's crew, led by director Scott Winant, and star Angie Harmon will return to film a scene that has been added to help clarify the plot in the crime mystery drama based on James Patterson's series of books.
The pilot, written by Liz Craft and Sarah Fain, originally was supposed to be directed by Brett Ratner, who dropped out after his "Rush Hour 3" didn't wrap on time and its filming schedule was extended. Ratner, who was instrumental in the development of "Women's," continues to executive produce the pilot with "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan, Patterson, Craft, Fain and Joe Simpson.
It is unusual though not unprecedented for additional shoots to be done on a pilot before it is presented to the network. Because of the high cost associated with extra days of filming, it is mostly done on high-profile projects that studios and networks feel strongly about. Last season, the ABC TV Studio-produced drama pilot "Brothers & Sisters" went though reshoots and re-editing before being shown to ABC and eventually was picked up to series. The drama, which underwent additional face-lift during the summer, went on to a solid first-season performance capped by an early second-season pickup.