Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Oscar nominated director David O. Russell (“American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook”) has received a straight to series 13-episode order from ABC for his newest drama project, “an upstairs/downstairs soap set at a private country club,” which will be co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.
Per the website, Russell and writer Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) co-wrote the story, with Grant writing the teleplay. The duo are set to executive produce alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
This marks Russell’s first TV series project.
YouTube channel WIGS announced last week that it has picked up Season Two of its web series, “Blue,” and “All My Children” alum, Mark Consuelos (Mateo Santos) will appear alongside the series’ star, Julia Stiles (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “10 Things I Hate About You”)!
Written and directed by WIGS co-creator, Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “In Treatment”), “Blue” follows Stiles’ as the title character, a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret life as an upscale escort. The show also features Holly Robinson Peete (“Mike & Molly,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”), Uriah Shelton (“The Glades”) Kathleen Quinlan (“Apollo 13”), Carla Gallo (“Bones,” “Men of a Certain Age”), James Morrison (“Revenge,” “24”), as well as Karen Graci as co-writer of the series.