ABC has green-lighted six drama pilots, and three of them are genre offerings.
The drama with the strongest horror leaning is “The River,” won by the network in a bidding war. A cinema verite-style thriller in the mold of “Paranormal Activity,” it is the story of a family who journey deep into the Amazon to locate their missing father.
The first draft was co-written by Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”) and Michael Perry (“Paranormal Activity 2”), and was rewritten by Michael Green (“Heroes”). Dreamworks TV will produce, along with Peli and Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”).
A woman with a troubled past discovers a small town in Maine where the magic of fairy tales seems to be real in “Once Upon A Time.” The project was developed by “Lost” executive producers and “Tron: Legacy” co-writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) was also involved in developing the project, but is no longer attached to the pilot.
“Hallelujah,” comes from a somewhat surprising source -- “Desperate Housewives” writer Marc Cherry. The town of Hallelujah, Tenn., is being torn apart by the forces of good and evil until a stranger arrives. A gospel choir serves as a Greek chorus for the show, punctuating episodes by singing songs from time to time. Cherry will also be executive producing under his new banner Wind Productions.
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