Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire has teamed with showrunner Dave Hemingson for a comedic mystery drama, which has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. It is one of two sales for ABC Studios-based Fake Empire, along with a drama from Jeff Wadlow (Bates Motel), also at ABC.
Hemingson’s Felony Twins is described as a comedic noir, part legal show and part relationship soap about an unlikely trio of investigators whose social lives are as wild as their cases. It centers on a young lawyer at an upscale firm who discovers that two eccentric sisters at his downscale Hollywood apartment have an obsession with crime and covertly enlists them as investigators in his cases but must keep them a secret from his superiors at the firm. Hemingson will write the script and will executive produce alongside Fake Empire’s Schwartz, Savage and head of television Len Goldstein.
The project will no doubt feature autobiographical elements — Hemingson graduated from Columbia Law and worked as a young entertainment lawyer at top law firm Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles before segueing to writing. He previously created the ABC legal drama The Deep End, about first-year associates at a law firm. Also for ABC, Hemingson developed and executive produced, along with creator Nahnatchka Khan, the comedy series Don’t Trust the B—- In Apartment 23 . Hemingson, creator of the Fox comedy series Kitchen Confidential starring Bradley Cooper, is repped by WME.
The untitled Jeff Wadlow project centers on a young woman who, after her fiancé is murdered, finds herself recruited by an eclectic group of real-world vigilantes. Although they are all united by a desire to protect their city, their ensuing friendships and rivalries complicate this new enterprise, as each member tries to keep their daily lives separate from their “night time” activities. Wadlow will write the script and exec produce with Schwartz, Savage and Goldstein. On the feature side, Wadlow wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2 and will next pen Masters Of The Universe for Columbia and X-Force for 20th Century Fox. He is with WME, Principato Young, and attorney David Matlof.
Fake Empire’s first series with ABC Studios, the 10-episode Astronaut Wives Club written by Savage, premieres on ABC this coming midseason. The company also has the CW/WBTV drama Hart Of Dixie returning for its fourth season. Its documentary No Cameras Allowed premiered recently on MTV. Schwartz and Savage are repped by WME and attorney Joel McKuin.