A year ago, ABC’s Revenge kicked off its run and its mystery with a body found on a Hamptons beach. The soap put on the TV map Marty Bowen & Wyck Godfrey’s Twilight producer Temple Hill, which is looking to replicate its success with another drama that starts with a body found on the opposite coast. Feature writer Michael Tolkin (Changing Lanes) will write/exec produce the project, titled Hollywood & Vines. In it, an A-list actress’s body is discovered lifeless in her pool, sending three sisters from a dynastic Hollywood family into panic mode as each discovers how their lives are connected to and affected by the actress’s death. ABC Studios, where Temple Hill is under an overall deal, produces.
Hollywood & Vines joins two other projects Temple Hill recently sold to ABC through ABC Studios: Finn & Sawyer, with David Zabel and Jason Richman writing and executive producing; and Heist with Evan Katz writing and Chris Morgan producing. Hollywood is familiar territory for Tolkin, who wrote the script for Robert Altman’s 1992 movie The Player based on his novel. Tolkin and Temple Hill are with WME; Tolkin is managed by David Lonner.