EXCLUSIVE: The Mark Gordon Company has set up two more drama projects at ABC through the company’s overall deal at ABC Studios — a character-driven procedural written by Tom Donaghy, creator of the ABC drama …
Mark Gordon Co., Writers Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts Sell Drama Co-Created By Josh Duhamel To ABC, Another To NBC
The Mark Gordon Co. and writers-producers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts (ABC’s Revenge) have sold two hourlong projects, including one to ABC based on an original idea by actor Josh Duhamel. Both hail from ABC Studios, where the Mark Gordon Co. and Berg & Harberts have deals.
The untitled ABC project takes place behind the scenes of a daytime soap and explores the loves, lives, and lunacy at an on-the-bubble series, where the antics of the cast and crew are crazier than any of the plot lines they broadcast. Set during a time when the daytime drama genre is faltering, this larger-than-life “workplace family” fights a never-ending, desperate battle to keep their show on the air, their egos secure, and their relationships intact. Duhamel can certainly draw on personal experience, having started off on the ABC soap All My Children. He co-created the show with Berg and Harberts, who will write the script. Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Berg, Harberts, Duhamel and his friend, fellow actor Oliver Hudson will executive produce.
Mark Gordon Co. Sells Crime Drama From ‘Criminal Minds’ Erica Messer And Janine Barrois To CBS, Dating Comedy To NBC
The CBS project, Darkness Falls, brings together the key auspices behind long-running procedural Criminal Minds — CBS, which airs it; the Mark Gordon Co., ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, which produce it; and the series’ executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. Messer will write and executive produce Darkness Falls with fellow Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois. The project is described as a character procedural that will explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders. WME-repped Barrois will serve as showrunner, with UTA-repped Messer continuing her duties as the sole showrunner on Criminal Minds. Gordon and Nicholas Pepper also executive produce.
The Mark Gordon Company has sold two more hourlong projects to ABC: Sex Diaries, inspired by New York magazine’s popular weekly feature, and Pros & Cons. Both are executive produced by Gordon and Nicholas Pepper and produced by ABC Studios, where the Mark Gordon Co. has a rich production deal.
Sex Diaries, written/executive produced by Tom Spezialy, is a sexy and heartfelt dramedy set in New York City that explores the sex lives, loves, and experiences of 10 characters who are interconnected in surprising ways.
Pros & Cons, written/executive produced by Alexi Hawley (Castle), is a light-hearted procedural about a young FBI agent who discovers the father she never knew is a master thief. His unique insight into crime proves invaluable to her work, but is he helping her to make up for his absence from her life, or using their newfound relationship to aid in his criminal career?