ABC Buys Family Drama ‘Grace’ About A Gay Minister From Mandeville TV

Courtesy of Industry Entertainment

ABC has put in development Grace, a drama project from Mandeville TV with Black List scribes Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart.

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Penned by Podell and Stewart, Grace is set in the fictional town of Grace, Missouri. It centers on a family of adult siblings whose lives are upended when their stalwart minister father reveals to his family that he is gay. Grace is described as a serialized drama, a grounded, unfolding saga of a 21st-century American family and the everyday challenges they face as members of a community and as individuals, and how their faith both guides and complicates their lives.

The project is inspired by Stewart’s real life. His father was a preacher who came out.

Mandeville TV’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks executive produce.

Dramas with religious elements have been growing in popularity. One of the biggest hits of the summer was the new OWN series Greenleaf, about the family behind a megachurch, and Hulu renewed its religious cult-themed breakout new drama The Path for a second season.

This is the third drama sale for Mandeville TV so far this season, the second at ABC where they have The Exchange, from British writer Nicholas Osborne. Mandeville also has a legal drama procedural based on the novel Blood Defense by author and former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark set at NBC with a put pilot commitment.

Podell & Stewart’s script Seuss landed on the second slot on the 2013 Black List. They also were tapped to script feature Juliet, based on the book by Anne Fortier, for Montecito and Paramount.

Mandeville is repped by UTA. Podell & Stewart are repped by Verve, Industry Entertainment and attorneys Jamie Feldman and Josh Sandler.

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