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ABC Buys Western From Ron Moore, ABC Family Eyes Musical Series & More Development News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2011 7:30PM
Ron MooreCan Ron Moore revive the TV western?

Moore, who has become a cult figure thanks to his work re-imagining 'Battlestar Galactica,' has sold a western pitch to ABC.

According Deadline, 'Hangtown' is described as a western procedural. The show is set in the early 1900s and centers on three characters: a marshal who solves crimes by instinct, a doctor who explores forensics to solve mysteries and a young female writer who is trying to sell dime novels about crime.

The pitch for 'Hangtown' sees the three characters coming together each week to solve a crime. The marshal's detective skills, the doctor's science and the young woman's desire to write good crime story all come into play.

Last year, Moore was said to be working on a 'Wild Wild West' reboot for CBS. NBC produced Moore's '17th Precinct' pilot that featured many 'BSG' actors, but never ordered it to series.

In other development news ...

ABC Family is developing a new musical comedy starring Christian Milian. The project, 'Maid In Miami,' comes from Adam Anders, the executive music producer on 'Glee' and 'Rita Rocks' creators Stan Zimmerman and James Berg. [Deadline]

Ready for 'Watch What Happens Live' with zombies? Well, not exactly that, but AMC is contemplating its own companion talk show to air after popular dramas 'The Walking Dead' and 'Mad Men.' They're even working with the same production company behind 'Watch What Happens Live.' Chris Hardwick served as host of the pilot, which focused on 'The Walking Dead.' [Vulture]

Spike TV is putting scripted TV on hold. The network reportedly started telling agents they will no longer develop scripted shows, for now. [Deadline]

Fox and Stephen Gaghan are working on a pilot based on the 'Evert Backstrom' books. The network has ordered a put pilot for the project based on Leif G.W. Persson's prickly detective character. [Deadline]

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August 31 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JamesC

Didn't Peacemakers a few years back have the same marshall, science detective and young women storyline? Still, it was a good show.

August 31 2011 at 6:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JamesC

Didn't Peacemakers have the same marshall, science detective and young women storyline? Still it was a good show.

August 31 2011 at 6:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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