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The Club - David O. Russell exits as EP, Callie Hernandez added as First Cast Member

American Hustle writer/director David O. Russell has departed the ABC drama series he was to executive produce with Susannah Grant. Russell developed the project with Grant, CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly for several months. It was quietly set up at ABC and a month ago, the network greenlighted it straight-to-series with a 13-episode order. That order remains in place following Russell’s exit, with the series, now titled The Club, locking in its first regular cast member, Callie Hernandez (Sin City 2). Russell, nominated for writing and directing Oscars for American Hustle, is expected to refocus fully on features. It is not unusual for big-name filmmakers to back out of a TV project, often pulled away by feature commitments. Ben Affleck recently exited Fox series The Middleman as director (he continues to executive producer), and Ang Lee departed the pilot for FX’s Tyrant, which he was supposed to direct.

Written by Erin Brockovich scribe Grant based on a story she co-wrote with Russell, The Club is an upstairs/downstairs soap set at a private country club. Hernandez will play Ana, who works at the club, secretly stealing and pawning off nice items from her workplace.

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