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E! is diving deeper into the scripted sphere.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has given a series order to drama The Arrangement, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
From former Mad Men scribe Jonathan Abrahams, the project centers on Megan Morrison, a beautiful young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster playing opposite the hottest actor in town. Her amazing audition segues into a perfect first date, but her Cinderella story turns bizarre when she is presented with a contract that details an entire relationship with her leading man. Megan must weigh the positives and negatives to her career and her personal life, and decide whether or not she will accept this arrangement.
The series stars Christine Evangelista (Chicago Fire) and Josh Henderson (Dallas) as Megan and Kyle, respectively. The cast also includes Michael Vartan (Alias), as Kyle’s mentor Terrence Anderson, who runs a self-help organization called the Institute of The Higher Mind with his wife Deann (Continuum‘s Lexa Doig).
Abrahams will also exec produce with Jimmy Fox of Objective Productions USA, and Layla Smith and Gregory Lipstone of All3Media America. Universal Cable Productions will produce the series, which has been picked up for 10 episodes.
“E! viewers have shown a strong appetite for scripted fare, and we look forward to building on the success of The Royals with this exciting, new drama,” said Jeff Olde, evp programming and development at E! “We love the way Jonathan has juxtaposed dark storylines against a backdrop of Hollywood glitz and glamor. His unique and sinister twist on the classic fairy tale love story is a perfect addition to E!’s pop culture line-up.”
Added UCP evp development, Dawn Olmstead: “Jonathan is a great writer with a sophisticated and fun voice. He has an uncanny knack for turning everyday events into complicated and compelling morality tales. We’re thrilled to be working with him.”
The series order comes weeks after E! gave a season-three renewal to its first scripted drama, The Royals, which continues to draw solid numbers for the channel.
The news was first reported by Variety.
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