ABC has renewed its partnership with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman’s Mandeville Films, inking a two-year extension of their current contract. Mandeville has a longstanding relationship with ABC, having created Monk for ABC before the show eventually found its home on USA Network, and has two upcoming series in production for the network.
Wicked City, a one-hour drama set during the drug-fueled hair metal era of L.A.’s Sunset Strip, follows a murder case from 1982 that connects to an emerging serial killer. Detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers are embroiled in the case. Starring Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen, Jeremy Sisto, Taissa Farmiga, Gabriel Luna, Evan Ross, Karolina Wydra and Anne Winters, it’s written by Steven Baigelman. Amy B. Harris and Steven Baigelman are executive produce along with Mandeville Television’s Lieberman, Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. It premieres October 27.
Meanwhile, The Family is a thriller that examines what happens when a politician’s son, presumed dead more than 10 years earlier, returns. Suspicions about his identity and his disappearance impact his reunion. It stars Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Margot Bingham, Zach Gilford, Liam James, Floriana Lima, Madeleine Arthur, Rarmian Newton, Rupert Graves and Andrew McCarthy. Written by Jenna Bans, it’s exec produced by Bans, along with Lieberman, Hoberman and Zaks. It will bow on ABC during the upcoming TV season, but no date has been announced.
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