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Ilene Chaiken Steps Down as "Empire" Showrunner as FOX Orders Her FBI Drama Pilot

Fox has ordered a drama pilot from Empire executive producer/showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Rosewood writer-producer Melissa Scrivner Love and Scandal co-executive producer Judy Smith.

The untitled drama was one of two projects Chaiken sold to Fox this cycle. She stepped back from showrunning Empire — which she had done since the series’ start — in midseason to focus on development while remaining an executive producer on the hip-hop-themed family soap. Brett Mahoney has stepped in to help lead the series, set to return next month from a winter hiatus.

The untitled FBI drama (fka Mrs. Otis Regrets), written by Chaiken and Love, centers on FBI Special Agent Clementine Otis, who’s in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion – an affair with a prominent general – shatters her life and threatens her career at the FBI. Now labeled “the mistress,” Clementine Otis – wife, mother, patriot – begins to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation.

Chaiken and Scrivner Love executive produce with Smith, who also is under a deal at 20th TV, and 3 Arts’ Oly Obst (The Mick, Ghosted and The Resident).

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