It is the day of the TV uber producers. Minutes after Greg Berlanti expanded its CW holdings to five drama series, and Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise at NBC grew to four series, Shonda Rhimes’ portfolio at ABC expanded to five series. ABC has renewed Shondaland’s bubble midseason drama The Catch for a second season and has picked up Still Star-Crossed to series. The latter was not surprising, despite its very late start — the pilot is just wrapping production in Europe — the Romeo & Juliet sequel had been well-liked and in serious contention, likely for midseason. The Catch was more of a surprise as it is a very expensive show but did not hit the zeitgeist the way the other Shondaland series have, like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Its ratings also have been very modest. But with Rhimes behind it, the show was given a second season.
Here are details about Still Star-Crossed: Watch the first-look teaser below.
Still Star-Crossed, a period drama from Shondaland, picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. The series is based on the book by Melinda Taub.
Still Star Crossed stars Wade Briggs (Home and Away) as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch (The 7.39) as Rosaline, Ebonee Noel as Livia, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Susan Wooldrigde as Nurse, Torrance Coombs as Paris and Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence.
Heather Mitchell (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) is writer and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Michael Goldstein are executive producers. Michael Offer is executive producer and director.