ABC has bought two drama projects from ABC Studios-based Mandeville, which is behind two new ABC drama series for this season, Wicked City and The Family. Deja Vu, described as a metaphysical love story, comes from Ringer creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder; The Invaders is a dark, humorous soap based on the book by Karolina Waclawiak. ABC Studios is the studio.
Deja Vu centers on a successful businesswoman who, after losing her husband and soulmate 22 years ago, finally gets a second chance at love. But things get complicated when, on the eve of her engagement party, she meets a man believed to be the reincarnated version of her dead husband, who happens to be dating her daughter.
Charmelo and Snyder, who currently work on the CW’s Supernatural, executive produce alongside Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks as well as Richard Shepard, who directed the pilot for Ringer and executive produced the series.
Playwright Ellen Fairey (Nurse Jackie) is writing the script for The Invaders based on Waclawiak’s book published in 2014. It examines the dark underbelly of an exclusive beachfront community by following its inhabitants as they fight to belong while keeping their secrets hidden from view. Fairey and Mandeville’s Hoberman, Lieberman and Zaks exec produce.
Fairey is repped by CAA, Writ-Large Management and Andrew Hurwitz; Charmelo and Snyder are with UTA and the Shuman Co.; Shepard is with WME; Waclawiak is with Gersh.