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[04/05/17 - 10:14 AM]
2017 ABC Program Development Guide - Drama Series
ABC details its 14 drama projects under consideration for next season.

[03/14/17 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 14
Updates include: Jane Lynch to get "Relatively Happy" for NBC; Jane Leeves to drop by "The Great Indoors" at CBS; and Donald Faison among the latest to get "Spaced Out" by NBC.

[03/13/17 - 11:34 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 13
Updates include: David Giuntoli, Poppy Montgomery to lead "Mission Control" for CBS; Marley Shelton cast in NBC's "Drama High"; and Jay Harrington books role on "S.W.A.T." at CBS.

[03/09/17 - 11:35 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 9
Updates include: PBS passes on third season for "Mercy Street"; Sarah Bolger cast in FX's "Mayans MC"; and Josh Radnor to lead NBC's "Drama High."

[03/07/17 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 7
Updates include: Laverne Cox to play ABC's "The Trustee"; Patricia Clarkson boards "Sharp Objects" at HBO; and Tim DeKay, Zachary Knighton tapped for FOX's "Linda from HR."

[03/03/17 - 11:40 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 3
Updates include: Allison Miller to star in ABC's "Salamander"; Peter Fonda to guest on Amazon's "Jack Ryan"; and FOX's "Lucifer" to relocate production to Los Angeles.

[01/31/17 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 31
Updates include: Jason Katims brings "Drama High" to NBC; Lucy Hale to lead "Life Sentence" at The CW; and Emma Stone/Jonah Hill-led "Maniac" a go at Netflix.

[11/22/16 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 22
Updates include: Parker Posey set as Dr. Smith in Netflix's "Lost in Space"; Shannen Doherty to appear in TV Land's "Heathers" pilot; and Ken Leung to exit NBC's "The Night Shift."







SALAMANDER (ABC)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
11/22/16 - 4/5/17
STATUS:
currently in development (2017-2018 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, April 2017) We open on a heist: the robbery of sixty-six specific safety deposit boxes housed in an exclusive private bank. The robbers break open the boxes, but the boxes don't contain money or valuables, just personal effects: thumb drives, photos and documents. The following morning, when the bank manager, Kant, discovers the robbery, surprisingly he doesn't call the police - leaving us to wonder: just who do those sixty six boxes belong to?! Meanwhile, Ethan Anders is on a blind date with Nora Schaller. It is not going well. They come from totally different worlds, and it's awkward. Nora is a psychiatrist for Homeland Security with an expensive education and an uptown brownstone. Ethan is Queens through and through, and the gains he's made in life are because he worked his ass off to get them. The two realize that they are far from an ideal match and end the date, thinking it is goodbye forever. Ethan works at a boutique security firm as a design engineer alongside his ebullient and impulsive brother, Kevin. The firm provides security for the bank from our opening, and Ethan notices that someone at the firm shut off the bank's security system the night before - an "inside man" to the robbery. Worse, Ethan suspects the culprit was his brother. Troubled, he seeks counsel from his best friend and AA sponsor: David Vargas, a former police detective. Vargas tells Eddie that he's got no choice but to confront Kevin with what he knows... But when Ethan returns to the office, he discovers a total blood bath. Everyone at the firm, including his beloved brother, has been shot dead. Ethan is taken for questioning by two police detectives. But, on the way there, one of the detectives kills his partner and tries to kill Ethan... who barely escapes. Ethan is terrified - whoever robbed the bank not only killed his brother to cover it up, but was willing to kill everyone else in the office in the process - and whoever they are, they have reach into the NYPD. Ethan doesn't know where to turn. He's too afraid to return home, or to any of his friends. So, he goes to the only place he can think of -- he arrives on Nora's doorstep, begging for help. Upon hearing his story, Nora fears that Ethan might be paranoid or insane - but he pleads for her to trust him, and, reluctantly, Nora decides to help him out. Using his brilliant cyber skills and her government credentials, they start to dig into this mystery and discover that the safety deposit boxes share a common code word - Salamander --- and that the boxes are each linked to politicians, industry heads, and financiers. But, why? And what is their significance? As they are reeling from this, they discover that Helen Barrett, a U.S Senator, has just been arrested for blowing up a ferry in the east river. Ethan and Nora are stunned: Helen Barrett's name is on the Salamander list. Just what is going on here? Is someone using the contents of the boxes to blackmail their owners into doing horrible deeds. But who? And why? Ethan and Nora realize that, despite the fact that they barely know each other, and have almost nothing in common, they may be the only ones capable of solving this mystery and discovering who is responsible for the murder of Ethan's brother and is now trying to kill him to keep their enterprise a secret.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Allison Miller as Nora Schaller
· Elaine Tan as Meghan Connolly
· John Leguizamo as David Vargas
· Larenz Tate as Ethan Anders
· Neil Sandilands as Jack Wang
CREW INFORMATION:
· Alon Shtruzman as EP
· Andre Nemec as CRTR/EP
· Avi Nir as EP
· Gary Fleder as DIR (Pilot)
· Jeff Pinkner as CRTR/EP
· Josh Appelbaum as CRTR/EP
· Peter Traugott as EP
· Rachel Kaplan as EP
· Scott Rosenberg as CRTR/EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios
· Beta Films
· Keshet Studios
· Midnight Radio