ABC has ordered an untitled drama executive produced by David O. Russell (American Hustle) straight to series. The story by Russell and Susannah Grant (A Gifted Man) is described as “an upstairs/downstairs soap” set at a private country club. The Live Feed reports Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman (Justified) are on board as executive producers.
FX ultimately passed on Russell‘s previous effort on a TV series starring Connie Britton, so this is his first TV drama. I don’t know how involved Russell will be given his busy feature career (5 Oscar nominations in 3 years!), but I hope he at least directs the pilot to set in motion a few sure-to-be crazy plots. ABC give Russell and Grant 13 episodes to play with in the initial order.