12 YEARS A SLAVE Writer JOHN RIDLEY Pilot Picked Up Alongside SHONDA RHIMES’ New Show

BAFTA LA 2014 Awards Season Tea Party - Arrivals   This just in from the heels of this past Sunday’s Golden Globe win for “12 Years a Slave,” writer: John Ridley’s luck has already begun to change.

According to reports, ABC has ordered a pilot executive produced by Ridley called “American Crime,” a drama, whose premise “follows the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down.”

Former ABC exec Michael McDonald, along with Ridley’s production company: Stearns Castile, will serve as executive producers on the pilot.

Ridley’s “American Crime” television drama is scheduled to be picked up right alongside two other drama pilots-one:“How to Get Away With Murder” written by Scandal’s HWIC Shonda Rhimes (click here to find out more about Other Side of the Fame’s write-up about Shonda Rhimes’ new shows).

The other drama: Sony Television Picture’s pilot is called “Sea of Fire.” The only information we have on that pilot is that it is based on a Dutch format named “Vuurzee.”

Additionally, ABC has already committed to another drama: “Secrets and Lies” by Aaron Kaplan.

Sounds as if whatever night all these shows are scheduled to appear, viewers will have to pencil in about four hours of time allotted of being glued to many a beds and chairs being held captive, especially since their all in good company of the Rhimes regime and reign of greatness.


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