ABC is picking up two more pilots to series for the 2017-18 season.
Magician drama Deception and romantic comedy Splitting Up Together have both received series orders.
Deception effectively is a procedural version of Now You See Me. The drama, reuniting Blindspot executive producers Greg Berlanti and Martin Gero, revolves around superstar magician Cameron Black, who turns to the FBI after his career is ruined by scandal. He becomes the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception.
Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life), Amaury Nolasco, Lenora Crichlow, Ilfenesh Hadera, Justin Chon, Vinnie Jones and Laila Robins star. The series marks a homecoming for writer/showrunner Chris Fedak, who produced Forever for the network. The Chuck grad exec produces alongside Berlanti, Gero and Greg Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter, with Now You See Me and Blindspot puzzle master David Kwong set as a co-producer.
With the pickup, Berlanti will have eight shows on the broadcast schedule next season. Deception joins The CW’s The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Riverdale, as well as Blindspot at NBC. This is his second series pickup for the 2017-18 season, in addition to DC Comics entry Black Lightning at The CW.
Splitting Up Together, based on the Danish series created by Mette Heeno, centers on a couple (Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek returns to the network as showrunner and exec produces via her Piece of Pie banner alongside Ellen DeGeneres and her A Very Good Productions topper Jeff Kleeman.
Diane Farr, Lindsay Price, Olivia Keville, Bobby Lee, Van Crosby, Sander Thomas, Geoff Pierson, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Kelsey Asbille round out the cast, with Heeno, Mie Andreasen and Hella Joof, who all produced the original, also attached to exec produce.
Both series hail from Warner Bros. Television — where Berlanti, Fedak, Kapnek and DeGeneres are all under overall deals — and mark two key sales for the independent studio. ABC also picked up two first-year offerings from Sony: the medical drama The Good Doctor and the untitled Zach Braff comedy formerly known as StartUp.
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