ABC Picks Up Four New Pilots

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ABC Picks Up Four New Pilots

The Pilot Season of 2013 is in full swing and ABC is not lagging in the race. ABC recently acquired four new shows including three dramas and a comedy.

The comedy, from the writers of Bad Teachers, is titled Pulling. According to, the new comedy is based on a British series from 2006. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky adapted the show for American audiences and will be produced by Aaron Kaplan. The premise involves three aimless thirty-something women.

The dramas ABC picked up are Betrayal from writer/producer David Zabel (ER), Venice from producer McG (Supernatural and The O.C.) and writer Byron Balasco (Without a Trace), and The Returned from writer Aaron Zelman (Law and Order), according to Deadline’s report.

Betrayal is based off a 2011 Dutch series titled Overspel. The story follows an “unhappily married woman who begins a torrid affair with the lawyer for a powerful family” and the consequences that follow.

Venice, which has been called a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, focuses on the forbidden love between members of two rival families in the city of Venice.

The Returned is said to be a serialized drama that explores the events of deceased loved ones returning as if nothing has happened. The Returned is based off of Jason Motts’ debut novel, to be published next spring. Brillstein, ABC Studios and Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company, will produce the show.