ABC is jumping into the time-travel craze this season with a pilot green light to Kevin Williamson’s Time After Time. It is one of several drama orders by the network today, including pilot pickups for the untitled Meaghan Oppenheimer project (formerly Please Don’t Go), produced by Reese Witherspoon; and The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez, from writer Charise Castro Smith and producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters; as well as pilot presentation order for Spark (formerly Power), from writer Michael Cooney and producers Ian Sander & Kim Moses. Additionally, ABC is finalizing a pilot order for drama Notorious, based on Mark Geragos, from Josh Berman and The Firm, which should come later this afternoon.
Time After Time, written/exec produced by Williamson based on the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander, chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his Time Machine using the book and its feature adaptation as a starting point. The studio behind the project, Warner Bros. TV, had been high on it, making “if come” deals with casting directors in the event that it was picked up.
Time After Time is the latest high-profile time-travel project to get a pilot order this season, joining NBC drama Time, from Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke, and Fox comedy from Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Julius Sharpe. (Additionally, the CW has new time-travel superhero drama series Legends of Tomorrow).
The Meaghan Oppenheimer project, which the We Are Your Friends scribe wrote, follows the personal and professional life of a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas, which begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. Witherspoon executive produces alongside her producing partner at Pacific Standard, Bruna Papandrea. Oppenheimer co-executive produces. ABC Studios is the studio.
The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez, written by Cuban-American playwright Charise Castro Smith, is described as a sexy revenge drama with a supernatural twist and as MacBeth with a Cuban twist. It centers on Eva Sofia Valdez, an immigrant who rose from rags to riches and is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion for immigrant rights. But her success is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her, and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to attain the American Dream. Marvel’s Agent Carter executive producers/showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters executive produce alongside Castro Smith. ABC Studios, where Fazekas and Butters are based, is the studio.
Spark is described as a lavish primetime genre soap of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality circa 2016. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Michael Cooney (Identity) wrote the script and will executive produce with Sander and Moses. This is a re-teaming of Cooney and Sander/Moses whose drama Runner went to pilot at ABC last year, landing Paula Patton for the lead.