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J.J. Abrams, 'One Tree Hill' Creator Team for New CW Project and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:30PM
J.J. Abrams The CWEverybody wants a piece of J.J. Abrams. The in-demand producer is teaming up with 'One Tree Hill' creator Mark Schwahn for a new drama project based around a hotel.

According to Deadline, the project is one of the highest-profile projects at the network. Schwahn will pen 'Maine' (tentatively title) with both men executive producing the project. 'Maine,' described as a character-based drama, will follow the staff of a hotel and its guests.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Abrams. He started his TV career on The WB with 'Felicity.'

In other TV news ...

Molly Shannon is returning to 'Up All Night.' In an early 2012 episode, Shannon's character Nancy will jump back into the dating pool and asks Chris to be her wingman. [TV Guide]

'The Bachelor' producers are suing a spoiler website. NZK Productions and Alternative Television, Inc. filed sued against Stephen Carbone, the man behind realitysteve.com, a site that publishes spoilers for reality shows including 'Survivor,' 'The Amazing Race' and 'The Bachelor.' Carbone is accused of obtaining confidential information about 'The Bachelor' by soliciting information from participants and members of the cast and crew. [THR]

David E. Kelley is returning to medical dramas. Kelly has sold 'Chelsea General,' a medical drama based on Dr. Sanjay Gupta's novel 'Monday Mornings.' Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, will act as executive producer along with Kelley on the TNT project. [TV Guide]

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