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ABC is adding to its drama pilot orders.
The network has officially greenlit Doomsday and David Shore’s The Good Doctor to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Doomsday, from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation grad Carol Mendelsohn and Justified writers Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd, landed at ABC in August with a hefty pilot-production commitment with a series penalty behind it.
Doomsday is set in the aftermath of Sept. 11, when the U.S. government instituted a secret think tank comprised of the most creative minds in science and entertainment, tasked solely with dreaming up manmade disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. The ideas they invented were so dangerous that the list was sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs, ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
The drama stems from Sony Pictures Television, where Mendelsohn is under an overall deal. Bianculli and Boyd, in addition to writing, will exec produce via their respective Signal Hill Productions and Pernomium Pictures banners. Mendelsohn’s CSM topper Julie Weitz also exec produces.
The drama, in the vein of ABC’s Designated Survivor, reunites Mendelsohn with Bianculli and Boyd — the team behind the network’s Archie Panjabi drama The Jury, which went to pilot last year but did not move forward at the time (though it was redeveloped this season).
Also picked up late Monday was Sony TV’s The Good Doctor, from House‘s David Shore and Hawaii Five-0‘s Daniel Dae Kim. The drama, based on a South Korean format, also had a large commitment at the network. It centers on a young surgeon with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: Can a person who doesn’t have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?
Doomsday and The Good Doctor mark the fourth and fifth drama pilot orders of the season for ABC, which also has straight-to-series Marvel drama The Inhumans and Kyra Sedgwick’s Ten Days in the Valley. They join futuristic war drama The Crossing, magic procedural Deception, a soap from Marc Cherry starring Reba McEntire and Shondaland’s legal drama.
ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey recently acknowledged that the rise of Donald Trump and his blue-collar support forced her to question whether her programming was too focused on upper-income brackets. Thus far this pilot season, ABC’s pickups back up that outlook, as several seem to speak to the audience Dungey feared she wasn’t paying ample attention to.
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