Political Drama ‘Flesh & Blood’ Lands ABC Pilot Order

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ABC has handed out a pilot order to Flesh & Blood, an hour-long political drama from Grey’s Anatomy scribe Jenna Bans, Mandeville Productions and the network’s sister studio ABC Studios.

Flesh & Blood follows the return of a local politician’s young son, whose presumed death after disappearing more than a decade earlier, sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago.

Jenna Bans, whose previous writing credits include Desperate Housewives and Shondaland dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, create the project and is penning the pilot script. She will also serve as executive producer on the ABC Studios and Mandeville Productions produced drama alongside David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks.

Political dramas tend to be a mixed bag. With the exception of Scandal, which Bans has also written for, the broadcast networks have had a hard time in establishing a major political drama since The West Wing went off the air in the mid-2000s

For ABC, Flesh & Blood bring their total number of drama pilots to eight. The network previously handed out pilot pickups to terrorism drama Quantico, true-crime drama LA Crime, gun running drama Runner, family drama Mix, biblical drama Of Kings And Prophets; Shondaland drama The Catch; and cop drama Broad Squad.