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The Jury - Murder Trial Drama Receives Pilot Order at ABC

ABC is jumping on the true crime bandwagon.

The Disney-owned network has handed out a pilot order to scripted drama The Jury, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Described as 12 Angry Men meets podcast Serial, The Jury follows a single murder trial as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment, and how their preconceptions change along the way. It's unclear if The Jury is an anthology, with a different case every season.

The drama, which landed at ABC with a six-figure penalty, is written by Justified's VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (MTV's Self Promotion). Boyd exec produces alongside CSI graduate Carol Mendelsohn and her production company topper Julie Weitz. Bianculli is set as a co-EP. The drama hails from Sony Pictures Television, where Mendelsohn is under an overall deal. The news comes before NBC is poised to launch Mendelsohn's first post-CSI Sony series with NBC's midseason drama Game of Silence.

For ABC, The Jury arrives as the nation continues to be swept up in Netflix's 10-episode true-crime documentary Making a Murderer and after HBO's The Jinx experienced a similar moment in pop culture. True crime fare has been all the rage following the breakout success of podcast Serial, which is also in development as a scripted series at Fox 21 Studios. The genre has been one of the five hottest trends of development season.

The Jury becomes ABC's fourth pilot order and third drama. The network is also readying Agents of SHIELD spinoff Marvel's Most Wanted and John Ridley PI drama Presence (unlic).

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