It’s no secret that ABC would love to recapture some of the lightning in a bottle that it had with "Lost." And the Alphabet network has been picking up several high concept pilots recently in its ongoing search for the next breakout hit.
According to Deadline, ABC has placed six new pilot orders, including "Once Upon A Time," a series that takes place in a small town in Maine where Fairy Tale characters are real. The series was created by former "Lost" executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz with "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof attached as a producer as well.
"Once Upon A Time" was first hinted at back in October, when it was rumored to be an adaptation of the DC Vertigo comic book series, "Fables." It is also unusual in that it will be the third magic related TV series in development for next season, including "Grimm" and "17th Precinct" at NBC.
"Hallelujah" is another high profile pilot pickup for ABC, which was created by Marc Cherry. It will be Cherry’s first new series since he created "Desperate Housewives" and it reportedly takes place in the town of Hallelujah, Tennessee; which is in turmoil from the constant battles between the forces of good and evil. The series also has a musical component, with a gospel choir acting as a Greek chorus when a mysterious stranger rides into town who may finally bring peace and hope to its people.
Other recent pickups include "Identity," which follows an elite police task force who target identity thieves; "The River," a horror drama from "Paranormal Activity" director Oren Pell and "Revenge," which is described as an updated version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" with a female lead.
The final pilot pickup is being touted as "Desperate Housewives in Dallas" and features a provocative title: "Good Christian Bitches."
I’m sure no one will ever possibly complain about that.