Director-producer Julie Anne Robinson (Suburgatory) has set up two projects at ABC through her pod deal with ABC Studios — drama The Long Game, for which Robinson’s Canny Lads Productions has teamed with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ ABC Studios-based Shondaland; and a single-camera comedy adaptation of the praised British dramedy No Angels, on which Robinson has partnered with Amblin TV. Robinson is directing and executive producing.
The Long Game is written by Jennifer Schuur (Hannibal) based on a treatment written by novelist Kate Atkinson (the Jackson Brodie series) and her producing partner, former Channel 4 drama commissioner Helen Gregory. Described as a mix of sharp-edged wit and ever-deepening suspense, it centers on a gutsy female forensic accountant who exposes fraud for a living and has finally found fulfillment both at work and in love until a case comes along that threatens to turn her world upside down. Schuur, Rhimes, Beers and Robinson executive produce, while Atkinson and Gregory co-executive produce.
Robinson’s collaboration with Shondaland stems from Robinson’s directing work on several of Rhimes’ series, including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
Written by Stacy Traub (Glee), No Angels, is about a group of nurses who work together and live together. Work issues become home issues. Home issues become work issues. And eventually it’s hard to tell which is which.
British-born Robinson helmed two episodes of the original series, which premiered on Channel 4 in 2004 and ran for two seasons, with Gregory as one of the executive producers. It was created by Toby Whitehouse for World Productions, whose Roderick Seligman and Simon Heath executive produce the ABC version alongside Robinson, Traub and Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Robinson, Amblin, ABC and ABC Studios first took a stab at adapting No Angels last season with different writers, Kat Likkel & John Hoberg.
UTA-repped Robinson, an award-winning director in her native Great Britain, has helmed a number of U.S. pilots that have gone to series, including Selfie, The Middle and How To Live With Your parents (For the Rest Of Your Life), all at ABC.
Schuur and Beers are repped by UTA; Rhimes is with ICM Partners; Atkinson, whose latest novel, Life after Life, has been optioned by Lionsgate, is with Casarotto Ramsay and Assoc.; Grebory with Independent Talent Group; Traub is with UTA and Hansen Jacobson; Amblin TV with WME.