Here is the final new drama series order at ABC for next season. The network has picked up the last drama pilot that had remained in contention after the mass pickups last night — mystery Secrets & Lies, from producer Aaron Kaplan and director Charles McDougall. Based on an Australian series, Secrets & Lies stars Ryan Phillippe as a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Juliette Lewis and KaDee Strickland co-star in the 10-episode project, which had a seven-figure episodic penalty attached. Secrets & Lies joins fellow newly picked up ABC drama series How To Get Away With Murder, American Crime, Forever, Whispers and Agent Carter. Talks for comedy pilots Fresh Off The Boat and Cristela are still underway.
This pickup extends McDougall’s streak to five consecutive pilots that have gone to series, The Good Wife, The Chicago Code, The Mindy Project, ABC’s Resurrection, one of two ABC freshman drama series to get a renewal, and now Secrets & Lies. This also marks the second new broadcast series order for Kaplan who also has The Mysteries Of Laura at NBC. He also won an Emmy for directing the pilot of ABC’s Desperate Housewives. The Secrets & Lies adaptation was written by Barbie Kligman who executive produces with Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield for Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum Entertainment and ABC Studios.
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