ABC Buys Cop Drama From Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland & Writer Dana Calvo

EXCLUSIVE: You couldn’t tell Shonda Rhimes has her hands full with two 22-episode drama orders for next season (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal). It’s barely August, and Rhimes’ Shondaland has already sold two new projects for 2014-15. On the heels of Lawless, from Mistresses developer/executive producer KJ Steinberg, Shondaland has set up another hourlong project at ABC, police drama from Made In Jersey creator Dana Calvo. (Given her showrunner duties on Grey’s and Scandal, Rhimes is not expected to be writing a project herself this development season). The untitled Dana Calvo project, co-produced by ABC Studios where Shondaland is based, is set in Miami and follows an unorthodox detective and his methodical new female partner as they solve cases that only seem to happen in the neon wilds of  one of America’s most eclectic and vibrant cities. Calvo, repped by CAA and Jamie Mandelbaum, is executive producing with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers, repped by ICM Partners.

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  • And “Southland” was cancelled.

    Comment by Tulse Luper — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT  
  • ABC… Please please stop with Shondaland TV everywhere on your schedule. We get that she’s important and you have a deal, but that log line gets rejected in every development meeting in town! There isn’t an agent worth their salt who would let their writer get away with it!

    Comment by AC — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:05pm PDT  
    • I’m sorry, have you seen CBS’s incredibly successful-with-Nielsen slate of shows? Every drama there is a procedural, and at least two of them fit this premise to a T. Hollywood DOES seem to like this concept. The question is, should they like it to the degree they have?

      Comment by Oh, sounds like Castle... — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:19pm PDT  
  • It’s the same logline every year…

    “…follows an unorthodox detective and his methodical new partner as they solve cases”…

    …so much for the golden age.

    Comment by rotting on the vine — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT  
    • Exactly! How is this not like CBS’s Elementary or TNT’s Perception or USA’s Monk?

      Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

      Television is Soylent Green!

      Comment by Brenda — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 5:06pm PDT  
  • I truly bow down to Shonda Rhimes and her abilities in this industry. But I have to say, this sounds like Castle’s premise. In Miami. Perhaps ABC’s way of filling a hole that the latter leaves? Certainly having both shows on the network would feel redundant…

    Quick question for broadcast networks in general, since we have this same male/female dynamic in The Mentalist, Castle and a myriad other shows, both past and present: Why can’t the FEMALE character be the unorthodox wild card and the MALE character be the methodical, by-the-books, straight man?

    Just a thought.

    Comment by Oh, sounds like Castle... — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:17pm PDT  
    • “Why can’t the FEMALE character be the unorthodox wild card and the MALE character be the methodical, by-the-books, straight man?”


      Comment by Nona — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT  
      • Oh, I didn’t realize it was played like that at all. Sorry, after years of watching straight-laced women rein in the impish, avant garde men — or at least after seeing shows marketed as such — it’d be nice to see something new.

        Comment by Oh, sounds like Castle... — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 4:04pm PDT  
  • CRAP!…,simple crap!

    Comment by dara — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT  
  • To “Oh, sounds like Castle” – they are trying out that concept with “Motive”. A mediocre show for sure, but the fault does not lie with pairing an unorthodox wild female with a straight laced male.

    They also had… are you ready?… “Wild Card” on USA some time back. Unpredictable woman, by the book guy.

    Comment by Emsbaba — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT  
  • Damn, Shonda. I’m happy for you and all but can you use your supershowrunner powers to give some mediocre black writers jobs? “set in [one of the six cities on the approved list of American tv] and follows a [generic mood disorder having] detective and his [generic underwritten female] partner as they solve [the same five variations of a pretty blonde got murdered by her rich boyfriend] cases”

    At least this god-awful, cancelled after one season if it even gets to pilot dreck is from a woman.

    Comment by ThunkDubious — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:38pm PDT  
  • I try not to make assumptions off of log lines. Calvo’s characters jump off the page. Can’t wait to see what she’s able to pull of this time…

    Comment by Gus — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT  
  • Love calvos writing. Thought MIJ was massively underrated and never got its due.

    Comment by Joe S — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 4:33pm PDT  
  • Sounds like CSI Miami with a smaller cast and without…sunglasses!

    Comment by Hmm — Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 5:20pm PDT  
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