ABC passes on 'Murder in Manhattan', but is shopping program to cable networks

PottsABC had decided that Murder in Manhattan is not part of its future, but that does not mean the drama starring Annie Potts and Bridget Regan is deceased.

The network is shopping the program, which stars Potts and Regan as a mother-and-daughter team that works as detectives, to cable networks. The program may get picked up there, as a lower-cost programming unit.

It is similar to what ABC Studios did with the program Devious Minds, selling it to Lifetime after ABC decided not to move forward with the Marc Cherry drama. 

Tracy Underwood is in charge of selling pilots that the network does not use to these networks. She is the one responsible for Devious Minds climbing off the scrap heap.

Enver Gjokaj, Brendan Hines and Shirley Rumierk co-star on Murder in Manhattan, which was created by Maria Marggenti (90210), who wrote and executive produced the pilot, with Ryan ReynoldsJonathon Komack MartinAllan Loeb and Steven Pearl also executive producing. The pilot was directed by Cherie Nowlan.

Expect to see more ABC pilots that are passed over shopped in this manner. ABC is in the process of announcing its decisions on series orders and renewals right now.

Do you hope Murder in Manhattan gets bought up?


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Written by: Hamatosan
May 10th, 2013, 10:07 am

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Message Posted On May 13th, 2013, 7:31 am

Doesn't surprise me.  When ever they accidentally pickup a good new show (like V, or Don't Trust the B. in Apt 23), it lives on borrowed time.  This mother/daughter detective thing is a new angle, and a good idea.  The two actresses are pretty good, so it'd be DOOMED at ABC.

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