ABC orders pilots from Marc Cherry, 'Lost' scribes. And look! Another project with an expletive in the title

ABC made a flurry of drama pilot orders today, including new projects from Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry and Lost scribes Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Plus, here comes another possible series with an expletive in the title. (Like we said earlier, it’s a trend!)

Cherry’s the mastermind behind Halleluah, a drama pilot he wrote and will executive produce through ABC Studios. The logline: When the Tennessee town of Hallelujah finds itself being torn apart by forces of good and evil, a stranger arrives to bring justice, peace and quite possibly restore the faith in the world that the residents so desperately need.  The episodes will be punctuated by songs sung by the gospel choir, which serves as a sort of Greek chorus.

Kitsis and Horowitz wrote Once Upon a Time, a drama about a young boy who is drawn into a town where the magic and mystery of fairy tales may be real real.

Here’s the four other projects ABC ordered to pilot today: 

Revenge was written and executive produced by Mike Kelley through ABC Studios and focuses on a character named Emily Thorne, who has a secret. She’s new to the Hamptons and rented a beautiful house on the water for the summer and she’s welcomed into the spectacular community by her neighbors. Little do the townsfolk know, however, that every kind gesture is an invitation to their own downfall in this primetime soap.

The River, from Oren Peli, Jason Blum, and DreamWorks, follows the search for a famed adventurer/TV personality who, along with his crew, goes missing deep in the Amazon.

Identity was written and executive produced by John Glenn through ABC Studios and is a procedural that centers on an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime.

And finally, Good Christian Bitches! Written and executive produced by Robert Harling with Darren Star attached as an exec producer, this primetime soap is set in Dallas and asks the question – Is it possible to start over in a town that thinks they already know you? Amanda, once the ultimate “mean girl” in high school, returns home to Dallas after her marriage ends in scandal. Humbled, Amanda is nothing like the girl she once was. But as her old classmates reacquaint themselves with the new Amanda, will these “Good Christian Bitches” give her a second chance or is this their shot to seek revenge?

Like all pilots ordered in the last month, they still need to pass the network smell test in late April and early May before they are ordered to series. Not all of these shows will make the cut for fall.

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  • wooster182

    Cast Jennie Garth and Charisma Carpenter in GCB and I’m there…

    • Rory

      And throw Tiffani Thiessen into the mix… can you imagine a cat-fight between Carpenter and Thiessen? Guilty pleasure tv at its finest…

      • Tarc

        Theissen already works full time on White Collar.

      • wooster182

        Ooh, too bad she’s on White Collar. Can we start a Facebook campaign to make her quit and then another campaign to make sure she’s hired on GCB?

    • Summer

      THIS! YES!

  • CtDave

    Out of those I think “The River” looks to be the most interesting. I think I’ll pass on the others just based on the short description.

  • wierdalexj

    These pilots sound like awful rehashed crap.

  • Trazey

    awww i thought this was going to be about Ben & John Locke from LOST being in a show together :(

  • bruno

    pass, pass, pass, and pass…
    although i’m betting that procudeural crap makes it in over all of them.
    sad. good christian bitches is a really rad title.

  • Marc Tiley

    Once Upon a Time is a complete rip off of Fables.

    Why not just adapt Fables for tv and not have to do with the lawsuit that will be brought against the network?

    • Tv Food and Drink

      No re-read the sentence carefully. See, Once Upon a Time is different because there the fairy tales may be “real real” but in Fables they were merely “real.”

  • Danny

    I can already hear the outcry over the title “Good Christian Bitches” this show will be screamed off the air by the religious right.

  • ~~ July ~~

    Good Christian Bitches! sounds like ‘ Hope Floats’ and a book written by Susan elizabeth Phillips call ‘ AIN’T SHE SWEET?

  • Bee

    when i read the title for GCB, i laughed out loud.

  • Annette

    Who the heck is giving these shows such suckish titles!

  • Sam

    not all of them sound interesting, but hey, theyre tv dramas that arent law shows or medical shows.

  • Adam

    At least ABC is taking some chances and not ordering a bunch of cop, law, or medical shows.

  • erin

    Gospel Choir as Greek chorus?
    I’m there. Even if it is from the same guy who brought us that awful dreck desperate housewives.

  • Craig

    The River is the only one that sounds even halfway interesting.

  • Danny

    Marc Cherry’s very own “Cop Rock.”

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