Two more dramas have received pilot orders from ABC this evening, joining Amblin TV’s alien project The Visitors, based on a short story by Ray Bradbury.
Forever, from former Chuck executive producer Matthew Miller, Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV, centers on Dr. Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason—he is immortal. With the help of detective Jo Martinez, we will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life through their cases. Miller wrote the script and executive produces with Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. Forever draws parallels to the short-lived 2008 Fox drama series New Amsterdam.
Crime thriller Exposed comes from writer Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs), Peter Traugott’s TBD Entertainment, Sweden-based Yellow Bird Entertainment and Universal TV, where TBD is based. It is an adaptation of the best-selling novels by Liza Marklund that also were the basis for the hit Swedish drama series Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, also produced by Yellow Bird. Exposed centers on an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth including making questionable alliances. Randolph is executive producing with TBD’s Traugott and Rachel Kaplan and Yellow Bird’s Anni Faurbye Fernandez and Berna Levin. This marks the second pilot order for TBD today, along with a Wil Calhoun comedy at NBC, and a third overall this season, joining the Jeff Lowell comedy pilot at ABC. Today’s orders bring the number of ABC drama pilots to seven, plus series Secrets & Lies.