HUMANITAS Trustee Shonda Rhimes Sells Convent Drama, Developing Comedy for ABC

Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland has sold its first drama project this season, and it’s very much in the company’s wheelhouse of soapy, twisty shows. The untiled one-hour is written by former Lost and Fringe writer-producer Alison Schapker. It revolves around a group of Catholic nuns fighting the closure of their Bronx-based convent who must suddenly deal with three young novices whose arrival unearths long-buried secrets. Schapker, Rhimas and Beers executive produce. ABC Studios, where Shondaland is based, is the studio.

Shondaland has four drama series on ABC this coming season, the TGIT lineup of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder and new series The Catch. The company opened its 2015 development season with a comedy sale at ABC for Splitsville, written by Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins. Shondaland also has a half-hour ABC comedy written by Scandal co-star Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg, Felicity alums and longtime friends. The single-camera project, about an engaged couple, has been rolled from last season.

The comedy centers on a group of single residents of a suburban cul-de-sac, who in the wake of a wave of divorces join forces to raise their kids and get through it together.

Halpern and Haskins will pen the script and exec produce the comedy alongside Shondaland's Rhimes and Beers. The project marks a reunion for Rhimes and Beers with Halpern, who was an exec story editor/writer on Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice.

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UncategorizedJosh Neimark