UPDATED: ABC and ABC Studios are very serious about drama pilot Clementine, reaching in their pockets to pay for another extension of the cast’s options. I hear the project is being considered for a 10-13-episode summer run.

abclogoClementine was a major contender for series pickup in May but missed the cut. Still, ABC and ABC Studios remained high on the show, and in June the studio moved in to extend the cast when their options were to expire. That extension ended yesterday when the options were picked up again. I’ve learned that all actors from the pilot were extended except for David Strathairn who opted to be released. The veteran actor is constantly sought after for movies, and I hear the lengthy hold on Clementine has been interfering with his availability.

Written by Dean Georgaris and directed by Michael Dinner, Clementine centers on habitual criminal Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook) who digs in to the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil. The cast of the project, from the Mark Gordon Co., also includes Mykelti Williamson, Edwin Hodge, Kevin Alejandro, Kathleen Munroe, Nick Gehlfuss and McKenna Grace.