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Legal Drama from Shondaland Receives Pilot Order at ABC + Muslim Model Comedy in Development

The Disney-owned network on Tuesday handed out a pilot order to an untitled legal drama from Shondaland, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Written by Scandal writer-producer Paul William Davies and executive produced by ABC Studios-based Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the drama is set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court." The legal drama, which scored a hefty pilot-production order from the network in October, follows brand new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.

ABC has put in development an untitled comedy from actress/comedian Zainab Johnson, comedy veteran Tom Straw (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), and Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz’s Push It Productions.

Written by Straw based on a story by Straw and Johnson, the project centers on a beautiful, Muslim model as she inches toward her 30th birthday. As her career starts to slow down, she’s confronted by challenges she never faced before and starts questioning the choices she’s making with her life. When she’s forced to move back home with her opinionated brothers, she discovers that they’re all on the same quest to reinvent themselves. Straw executive produces with Sykes and Hurwitz via their Push It Prods. ABC Studios is the studio.

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