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ABC Pilot Buzz: The Gospel of Kevin and Others Rising

As I reported in the most recent Pilot Buzz edition, ABC’s needs have gone down significantly since it ordered 23 pilots — the most of any broadcast network — earlier this year as the network just closed a deal for a new season of American Idol for next season and is in negotiations for the upcoming revival of the classic ABC sitcom Roseanne. With the two two last-minute additions to the schedule, I hear ABC may pick up as few as 6 new drama and 2 new comedy series though the numbers could go up a bit, especially on the comedy side.

The new wrinkle on the drama side is the ascendance of the biblically-themed The Gospel of Kevin. It had gotten some buzz early on based on the appeal of its lead Jason Ritter, and I hear Ritter again is a main driver behind the pilot’s recent rise. The Gospel of Kevin is joining the four drama frontrunners, David Shore’s The Good Doctor, futuristic immigration tale The Crossing, Shondaland’s Paul William Davies legal drama, and the illusionist FBI drama Deception, from Chris Fedak and Berlanti Prods.

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