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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.