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ABC Orders Pilot ‘Still Star-Crossed’ from Shondaland

Potential New Drama is Based on the Book of the Same Name

Shonda Rhimes, who owns ABC Thursday at present, could have another one hour drama on the network under her Shondaland banner next season care of “Still Star-Crossed.” Based on the 2013 book of the same name by Melinda Taub, “Still Star Crossed” is a period drama set in 16th century Verona that picks up where William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.

Rhimes and Shondaland’s Betsy Beers will exec produce the pilot, penned by Heather Mitchell who will also be an EP, along with Michael Goldstein. ABC Studios will produce.

Up next from Shondaland is new drama “The Catch,” which will inherit “How To Get Away With Murder’s” 10 p.m. hour on Thursday effective on March 24. “The Catch” follows Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos), a fraud investigator who is poised to be the victim of a fraud by her fiancé. Between cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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