Former ABC Studios EVP Barry Jossen, now an ABC Studios-based producer, has sold a second project, ABC drama Sins. Written by Philip Levens, it is a dark, twisted, sexy soap about a modern day black widow who seduces a wealthy man while struggling to stay one step ahead of his District Attorney sister and the ghosts of her past. Sins joins Jossen’s legal drama with Barry Schindel at CBS.
ABC is taking on another Latin American format with Los Roldán, an hourlong dramedy based on the 2004 Argentine telenovela/comedy series. It hails from another former ABC Studios executive, SVP drama Michael McDonald, who stepped down in July to become an ABC Studios-based producer. The Los Roldán adaptation, written by Sarah Hooper (UK’s Shameless), will be set in Miami and feature a predominantly Latin cast. It is expected to stay true to the Upstairs/Downstairs-themed original, in which the patriarch of the family, an average blue collar worker, talks a woman out of jumping off a ledge. For saving her life, she offers him a big job in her company that changes his fortune but also puts him in the path of suspicious co-workers who try to figure out who he is and why has he been given such a big job. McDonald and WME-repped Hooper are executive producing with Telefe, the Argentine network that originated Los Roldán, Raul Mateu through Fluent Media and Sebastian Ortega. CAA brokered the format rights deal. Last season, ABC adapted another Argentinian series as the upcoming drama Killer Women. Other ABC Studios series based on Latin American formats include ABC’s Ugly Betty and Lifetime’s Devious Maids.