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By James Hibberd and Nellie Andreeva
ABC is opening “The Gates,” handing a 13-episode order to a crimedrama set in a gated suburban community.
Fox TV Studios will produce the series under its internationalco-production model; the green light is contingent on theproduction company securing foreign financing.
Written by Richard Hatem and Grant Scharbo, “Gates” centers on abig-city cop who becomes chief of police in a seemingly sleepyplanned community only to discover there’s much more to theresidents than meets the eye.
Scharbo and Gina Matthews are executive producing through theirLittle Engine production banner alongside Hatem.
Production on the series is slated to begin in early to mid-2010,with South America among the locations considered for theshoot.
In the initial stage of its international co-production model, FtvSshot three 13-episode series — “Defying Gravity,” “PersonsUnknown” and “Mental” — with international partners and sold themin the U.S. to ABC, NBC and Fox, respectively.
In Phase 2, which started with the Matt Nix-penned drama “Jack andDan” that landed at Fox with a 13-episode pickup, the projects areset up at U.S. broadcast outlets early in the development processso networks can have creative input.
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