ABC has ordered two additional pilots, bringing the network total to nine dramas and six comedies, so far. One is a legal and family drama from The Last Ship co-creator/executive producer Hank Steinberg, Power executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and The Goldbergs executive producer Doug Robinson. The Hate U Give helmer George Tillman Jr. attached to direct the pilot and executive produce.
Written by Steinberg, the Untitled Hank Steinberg/Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Project is a serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him. The show also will, through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, examine the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems.
Steinberg, Tillman, Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television production company and Isaac Wright Jr. will executive produce the series adaptation alongside Robinson and Alison Greenspan via Doug Robinson Productions. Sony TV, where the company is based, co-produces with ABC Studios.
Written by Sharpe, United We Fall is a profoundly realistic, multicultural family sitcom that shows how, when two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible.
Sharpe executive produces with Gunn and Gordon. Sony TV, where Sharpe and Gordon’s Exhibit A Film company are under deals, co-produces with ABC Studios. Gunn is head of TV development and production at Exhibit A.
This brings to six the number of pilots for Sony TV so far this season.