Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland has sold its first drama project this season, and it’s very much in the company’s wheelhouse of soapy, twisty shows. The untiled one-hour is written by former Lost and Fringe writer-producer Alison Schapker. It revolves around a group of Catholic nuns fighting the closure of their Bronx-based convent who must suddenly deal with three young novices whose arrival unearths long-buried secrets. Schapker, Rhimas and Beers executive produce. ABC Studios, where Shondaland is based, is the studio.
This marks Schapker’s return to ABC and ABC Studios where she, alongside former writing partner Monica Breen, worked on Lost and JJ Abrams’ Alias and served as showrunners on the Greg Berlanti-produced Brothers & Sisters. Schapker and Breen then followed Abrams to Warner Bros. TV with a gig on his Fox sch-fi drama Fringe. Schapker and Breen subsequently went their separate ways, with Schapker staying at WBTV where she worked on the Abrams-produced Almost Human and Berlanti’s The Flash. She is repped by WME and attorney Matt Johnson. Rhimes is with ICM Partners; Beers is with UTA.
Shondaland has four drama series on ABC this coming season, the TGIT lineup of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder and new series The Catch. The company opened its 2015 development season with a comedy sale at ABC for Splitsville, written by Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins. Shondaland also has a half-hour ABC comedy written by Scandal co-star Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg, Felicity alums and longtime friends. The single-camera project, about an engaged couple, has been rolled from last season.