ABC orders soapy pilots, plus one about the undead

ABC jumped into the pilot-ordering frenzy Tuesday by announcing the pickup of three dramas and a comedy for fall consideration.

The first of its orders went to Betrayal, a drama pilot from David Zabel (ER) that has the makings of another primetime soap. Here’s the logline for the project from ABC Studios: “A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family.  When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.”

McG is behind the second drama pilot dubbed Venice, which is from Warner Bros TV and is described as a soap about the haves and the have-not’s of California’s most seductive city, Venice. The series will focus on two rival families.

The third drama pilot is from Aaron Zelman (The Killing) and is called The Returned. From ABC Studios, the drama focuses on the creepy idea that dead ones to return to their loved ones in the town of Aurora. Yikes.

ABC also ordered Pulling, a single-camera comedy from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky that will also be produced by ABC’s sister studio. It’s the story of three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.

For more about fall 2013 development:

‘Sleepy Hollow,’ two more pilots OK’d at Fox
‘House’ like pilot a go at Fox
‘Alias,’ ‘Lost’ producers developing dramas for NBC

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