EXCLUSIVE: Bravo has put in development a supernatural drama project from writer-director Ry Russo-Young, winner of a 2012 Sundance Special Jury Prize for her film Nobody Walks, and playwright Dorothy Fortenberry. Meanwhile, the cable network’s drama pilot The Joneses, from ABC Studios and writer Liz Tigelaar, will not go forward. “ABC Studios and Bravo have mutually decided not to proceed with production of the drama pilot, The Joneses,” the two companies said in a statement. “We are discussing other projects moving forward.”
The Joneses, based on the 2009 indie film of the same name that starred Demi Moore and David Duchovny, was one of Bravo’s first two scripted pilots ordered in December as the reality cable powerhouse is looking to break into the scripted space. The Joneses was originally developed for ABC. Tigelaar then re-did her script to give it a cable sensibility and make it suitable for Bravo. While the pilot was casting, NBCUniversal’s cable leadership changed, with Bonnie Hammer taking over Bravo from Lauren Zalaznick who was overseeing the network when The Joneses was picked up to pilot. I hear the new leadership wasn’t as high on the project and had a different vision for it, which led to more tweaks, and Tigelaar was faced with the prospect of another Page 1 rewrite. Meanwhile, casting on the pilot was going slow against the onslaught of broadcast pilots, with only one actor, Max Deacon, cast, and in early March, Bravo put the project on hold. In the end, I hear Tigelaar felt that she had given The Joneses her all, and it may make more sense for her to focus her attention on another project, and all sides mutually agreed to move on. Tigelaar is still under an overall deal at ABC Studios and recently worked on the studio’s freshman drama Nashville. Bravo’s other scripted pilot, Rita, goes into production next month with Anna Gunn starring.
Russo-Young’s Witch Hunt is an epic supernatural drama set in a reimagined New York City that follows a single mother, desperate for a job, who gets hired at a leading cosmetics company only to discover that the entire company is a front for a coven of witches. It is produced by Fabrik Entertainment, with Mikkel Bondeson and Henrik Bastin serving as executive producers and Kristen Campo as co-executive producer. Fabrik also is behind Rita, with Fox TV Studios.