ABC has given the greenlight to two new mystery/thrillers serialized dramas, and genre isn't the only thing they share in common. According to Deadline, both series come from writers groomed in Shondaland (a.k.a. uber-TV producer, Shonda Rhimes).
The first project, 'Sea of Fire,' comes from 'Scandal' executive producer Jenna Bans. The drama, written by Bans, is based on a Dutch series, 'Vuurzee,' and sounds pretty intense. It centers on three teenage girls who star in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and then there's a disappearance and a murder and a bunch of other dark secrets come to light in their small town. The original show drew comparisions to 'Twin Peaks,' and by the sounds of the plot, I can see why. I just hope there isn't an evil spirit called BOB because he seriously creeped me out.
The second pilot doesn't sound as heavy, but there's still a murder involved, which isn't surprising since it's called 'How To Get Away With Murder.' The show is from Shondaland (Rhimes will executive produce) and was written by 'Scandal' co-executive producer Peter Nowalk. The series is described as "sexy" and "suspenseful" (much like 'Scandal') and focuses on a group of law students and their "mysterious" criminal defense professor who get wrapped up in a murder plot that rocks their university and their entire lives. Forever. Kinda sounds like 'Legally Blonde' to me, but way less funny.
The dramas are the latest early pilot orders at ABC this season, joining comedies 'An American Education,' 'Galavant' and 'Irreversible.'