EXCLUSIVE: ABC has bought drama pitch Haunted from feature writer Cory Goodman (The Priest), with National Treasure helmer Jon Turteltaub attached to direct. It hails from ABC Studios, Jon Turteltaub’s Junction Entertainment and producer Adam Goldworm (Masters of Horror). Haunted is a supernatural character procedural that follows Jessica Garrity, a paranormal investigator who each week helps the living move on from a spirit that can’t let go. It marks Goodman’s TV debut, the first project under Junction’s overall deal with ABC Studios and Goldworm’s first TV project through his new company Aperture Entertainment, which manages Goodman. Goodman, who has The Last Witch Hunter set up at Summit and The Brood at MGM, is repped by WME, which also reps Turteltaub.
From the 1970s, the decade that gave us the Partridge Family and the Osmonds, come The Lockharts. ABC has bought The Lockharts, a musical hour drama from writers Michael Gans & Richard Register (Make It Or Break It), Castle executive producer Laurie Zaks and ABC Studios. Set primarily in the cultural hurricane of the late 1970s, the project centers on the Lockharts, a musically gifted family that lands its own variety show on a national network. They are billed as the perfect All American Family but, like all families, they are far from perfect. The series is framed by a slowly evolving present-day mystery involving the scandalous disappearance of the family’s matriarch.