Co-Ed Special Forces Team Drama From ‘Nashville’ EPs Lands At ABC With Penalty

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In the first broadcast development season since the Pentagon in December allowed women to serve in front-line U.S. military combat units, ABC is tackling the subject with a soapy drama from former Nashville executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin.

The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty that could qualify as a put pilot.

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Written/executive produced by Lavender and Ulin based on their idea, the untitled ensemble drama centers on an elite co-ed Special Forces team that will be forced to find a way to navigate both the treacherous waters of their external missions and the equally dangerous undercurrents of tensions — romantic and otherwise — within the unit.

This is the second major sale for Lavender & Ulin this season. The duo also have put pilot commitment at Fox for a drama series adaptation of Ben Percy’s novel Red Moon, produced by 20th TV and Temple Hill, with James Ponsoldt attached to direct.

Lavender and Ulin worked on ABC/ABC Studios’ soapy country music drama Nashville for its entire four-season run on the network, rising to executive producers. They are repped by CAA.

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