Thriller seems to be the drama genre du jeur so far this development season, with the broadcast networks stocking up on conspiracy/mystery serialized drama projects. The latest is Far From The Tree, from Switched At Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards and Ruben Fleischer, which has sold to Fox through 20th Century Fox Television where Fleischer has a deal. Written by Edwards, it is a character-based thriller focusing on the members of an all-American family whose lives are turned upside down when their eldest son is involved in a large scale eco-terrorist attack. The show centers on the parents and siblings of the eco-terrorist as they deal with the FBI, media and community at large, all while unraveling the complex mystery as to how and why one of their own became so radicalized.
EXCLUSIVE: E! has put in development another scripted project as the network is preparing to greenlight its first scripted pilots. Shoreline, which has an Upstairs, Downstairs feel to it, is being written by Carolyn Ingber (The Mentalist) and executive produced by Switched At Birth exec producer Becky Hartman Edwards. It centers on the golden child of a small coastal town in South Carolina who, after a scandal in New York, returns home to see that a major Hollywood primetime soap, The Shore Line Yacht Club, is the biggest employer in town. An enormous class divide separates the cast and producers from the townspeople, yet their lives are continuously and irrevocably intertwined — for better or worse. Fox TV Studios is producing.