ABC is ready to hit the runway – or at least focus on the drama behind it.
The Disney-owned network picked up the drama Female model to steer OR to direct, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Inspired by Robert Lacey’s 2015 book Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Beauty Business, the fictional drama takes place at the end 1970s during the infamous Model Wars. The potential series centers on Bertie Geiss — a tumultuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the head of an internationally renowned modeling agency. Helen Childress (reality hurts) will write the script and produce the drama alongside Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Sweden and The Royals‘Scarlett Lacey.
Female model hails from Sony Pictures Television Tristar Television, relaunched last year with Suzanne Patmore Gibbs. The project was on by TriStar initial slate in August with JJ Steinberg attached to write. (The resurrected Tristar won its first series order in October, with Hulu’s Close your eyes.)
Female model marks ABC’s seventh drama pilot this season. It joins previously announced drama pilots including Kiefer from Suthlerland Designated Survivor (picked straight to series), Courtroom Anthology The Jury, legal soap Conviction, Agents of SHIELD spin off Marvel’s Most Wanted, John Ridley’s PI Drama Presence and of Shondaland Suite from Romeo and Juliet Always cursed. Last season, the network ordered 12 dramas to pilot (down one from 2014).
Keep up to date with all the latest mics, castings, and eventual series orders with THR pilot season practical guide.