In ABC’s first script buy for the next development cycle, the network has set Presence (unlic), a drama from American Crime creator John Ridleyabclogo. Like the praised anthology drama American Crime, which has been renewed for a second installment, Ridley will write, direct and executive produce the project through his International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation. Also like with American Crime, Ridley is teaming on Presence with Michael McDonald, who will executive produce through his Stearns Castle company. ABC Studios, where Ridley is under an overall deal, is the studio.

Presence is described a stylish update of the classic detective genre. It follows Presence Foster, a former Army Counter Insurgency Operative who finds herself navigating a widely divergent and highly colorful cross section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed (unlic) Private Investigator.

In addition to working on the second season of American Crime and on Presence, 12 Years a Slave writer Ridley is developing a secretive project for Marvel Studios and ABC.