US pilots 2014/15: ABC

This is the first of five round-ups detailing the drama pilots ordered by the big five US networks for consideration for the 2014/15 season.

Each network subsequently announces which pilots have been ordered to series during their individual Upfronts presentation in May.

First up is ABC, which has ordered ten drama pilots, with three series already commissioned for next year:




A procedural about a former convict-turned-criminologist who is brought in to help local police, led by her estranged father, to solve a mysterious disappearance.

The executive producers are writer Tom Donaghy, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michael McDonald and D Jace Alexander for ABC Studios, The Mark Gordon Company and Stearns Castle.

American Crime

A drama about a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, seen through the lives of the victims, the accused and their families.

Writer/director John Ridley and Michael McDonald executive produce for ABC Studios and Stearns Castle.

The Astronaut Wives Club

Ordered straight to series for summer 2014.


About a 28-year-old psychic who becomes a target for zealots who fear she possesses supernatural abilities she will use for either good or evil.

Writer Dean Georgaris and Mark Gordon executive produce for ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company. Michael Dinner directs the pilot.


Based on the Annika Bengtzon novels by Liza Marklund about an investigative journalist who juggles her job with her family and relationships.

Writer Charles Randolph executive produces with Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan for Universal Television, TBD Entertainment and Yellow Bird Entertainment. The director is Patty Jenkins.


This centres on New York’s best medical examiner, who also happens to be immortal.

It is executive produced by writer Matt Miller, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz for Warner Bros Television and Lin Pictures.

How To Get Away With Murder

A legal thriller about ambitious law students and their brilliant but mysterious criminal defence professor who becomes entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives.

Produced by ABC Studios and Shondaland Productions, it is executive produced by writer Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, and Betsy Beers.

Sea of Fire

Based on Dutch series Vuurzee, it is about three teenage girls in a small town who star in a pornographic film and the effect it has on their families.

It is produced by ABC Studios, Sony Pictures Television, Mandeville Films and Television, Scripted World and Vara, it is executive produced by writer Jenna Bans, Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks, Robert Kievit, and Frank Ketelaar.

Secrets & Lies

Ten-episode series commitment.

The Club

Twelve episode, straight-to-series order.

An upstairs/downstairs soap set at a private country club, it is executive produced by writer Susanna Grant, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly for CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios.

Dangerous Liaisons

Set in New York, two powerful socialites play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others.

From ABC Studios, it is executive produced by writer Richard LaGravenese, Erwin Stoff, Ilene Staple, and Wren Arthur.

The Whispers

A race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using Earth’s most precious resource – children.

From ABC Studios, Amblin Television and Grady Girl Productions, it is executive produced by writer Soo Hugh, Dawn Olmstead, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Steven Spielberg.


This drama follows military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan, on military families and veterans, and Washington’s government elite.

It is executive produced by writer Chris Keyser, Todd Lieberman, and David Hoberman for ABC Studios and Mandeville Films and Television.