Josh Schwartz's Fake Empire Sells Two Dramas to ABC (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Reporter
Josh Schwartz's Fake Empire Sells Two Dramas to ABC (Exclusive)

Spoiler alert: Josh Schwartz and his Fake Empire cohorts are having a busy development season.

The prolific producer -- who heads into the 2012-13 television season with four series on the CW -- has sold two dramas to ABC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

The untitled Matthew Miller/Josh Schwartz project revolves around two bright young lawyers who struggle to enter a work force depleted of jobs. Instead of landing at the high-profile law firms they'd envisioned, they're left with no other choice but to work for an ambulance chase, whose smiling, mustachioed face is regularly advertised on public busses.

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Schwartz will reteam with Chuck's Matthew Miller to write and executive produce the project. Fake Empire's Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein are also on board to executive produce the project, which has received a script order at the network.

Wrongful Death, meanwhile, hails from Hart of Dixie's Donald Todd, who will write and executive produce alongside Fake Empire's Schwartz, Savage and Goldstein.

The project, which has received a script plus penalty order, is described as a modern crime drama set amongst the beaches, buildings and swamps of Florida where a former cop-turned-felon-turned Tampa insurance adjuster reluctantly teams with an energetic but unpolished millennial at a private investigation firm to investigate wrongful deaths.

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Both dramas hail from Warner Bros. Television, where Schwartz has an overall deal in place, and bring to four the number of sales for Fake Empire thus far this development season. The shingle previously sold supernatural dramaCopeland Prep to the CW and family drama Losing Our Cool to Fox.

Schwartz and company are behind four series on The CW: the final season of Gossip Girl, second-year drama Hart of Dixie and freshman entries The Carrie Diaries and Cult.

Schwartz and Miller, whose credits also includeHuman Target and Las Vegas,are repped by WME and McKuin Frankel; Todd (Samantha Who, Ugly Betty) is with  Rothman Brecher.

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