Writer Michael Oates Palmer has set up a dramedy at ABC Studios and a comedic drama at FX in addition to a drama he has in the works at Epix. As part of a blind script with ABC Studios, Palmer will write an untitled project loosely based on the New Zealand series Go Girls. ABC Studios and ABC first took a stab at adapting the series, from the creator of another popular New Zealand show that found its way to American television via ABC, Outrageous Fortune aka Scoundrels, last season with writer Liz Tuccillo. Palmer is working on the project with producer Julia Franz in a partnership grandfathered in before she left ABC Studios in September to join Jamie Tarses at her Sony-based Fanfare. Palmer’s adaptation of Go Girls is described as an hourlong relationship dramedy about a single man and his three single female friends, all in their early-mid 30s, all trying to make relationships work in a major American city while all their other college friends are off starting families. The project brings Palmer back to ABC where he worked on In Justice, Cupid and a period secret agents drama pilot script.
FX’s The Hurt, from Warner Horizon and studio-based producers Greer Shephard and Michael Robin (The Closer) is a comic, edgy medical hour for set in the worst public hospital in one of the worst cities in the country, Bridgeport, Connecticut. And Palmer’s script for Gonzo, a drama about war correspondents in Central America in the early 80s, which was originally set up at AMC in 2007, has been picked up by Epix as part of the new cable network’s development slate unveiled in May. Palmer’s manager, Mosaic’s Ann Blanchard, is executive producing the project with ICM-repped Palmer whose series credits also include Rubicon and The West Wing.