BREAKING: ABC Big Dogs Have Arrived.

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Well some GREAT news this morning.  As the Under the Dome office staff trickles in for their first week back, guess who else might be moving in sometime this week?  I heard that the Secrets & Lies big dogs are already in Wilmywood and they are possibly opening up offices as soon as this week.  Looks like they will be calling Screen Gems their home for the next few months. We do have a start up date for the ABC pilot and they begin production on February 21st! Woo Hoo!

I also heard that Barbara D’Alessandro will be involved, which makes me very happy because South Carolina had her hostage with Army Wives over the last few years. Welcome back, Barbara!  David Hartley, I believe just might be working on this Aussie turned American crime drama as well.  Nothing confirmed as of yet.  No word on their casting choices yet, and who gets the casting gig, but we should find out soon enough!  Let’s get this ball rolling!

1:04PM EDIT: JUST GOT CONFIRMATION!!  DAVID HARTLEY IS IN!  WOO HOO!!

ABC has given a straight-to-series order for the show and has given the green light to a 10-episode adaptation of the upcoming Australian series.  No word yet if they will continue production here after the pilot.  As soon as I know, you will know!

PRODUCER: Aaron KaplanTracey RobertsonNathan Mayfield  WRITER/PRODUCER/SHOWRUNNER: Barbie Kligman

ABOUT SECRETS & LIES:  A crime mystery drama, about a family man Ben Garner who has his world turned upside down when he discovers the dead body of a neighbor’s child and becomes the prime suspect in the boy’s murder. He has no choice but to try to find the real killer as his marriage, his kids, his reputation and his sanity are all at stake.

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/02/2014 Max Steel, ABC Pilot, and More

Hey there!  Happy Thursday and Happy New Year!  Well, the good thing about putting out the “Rumors from the Lot,” is that it sure gets people talkin’!  Got some much better news than on Tuesday!

Max-SteelFirst let’s start with Max Steel.  Now I cannot completely confirm this, but it seems like a pretty strong bet that the Mattel animation turned live-action will be shooting in Connecticut BUT also here in Wilmywood.  In fact after I shared the latest rumors, I was told that while they might have pulled a contract with one group, another local here has been hired for the flick – the two are unrelated, different departments.

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ABCNow remember on Tuesday I told you that we had some Prod Cos sniffin’ around.  I was told that  an ABC pilot was coming with offices opening in February and production in March. Also, that Barbara D’Alessandro would be heading that up.  I was also told that Sleepy Hollow‘s UPM, David Hartley, is in talks to work on the pilot as well.  (I heard it’s a done deal).  The show is called Secrets & Lies.  A perfect gig for Hartley in between Sleepy Hollow seasons 1 and 2.  It would also be nice to have Barbara back as well.  She’s been off working on Army Wives the past few years. She’s worked on a ton of WIlmywood projects since 1990.  I cannot completely confirm this info, but it seems to be about 80% strong.  I will keep you posted.

Secrets & Lies is an adaptation of the Australian crime mystery drama. It’s described as:

“a nerve racking plunge behind the curtains of suburbia following the story of Ben, an everyday family man who finds the body of a four-year-old boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect.”

Last I heard, former Private Practice executive producer Barbie Kligman will serve as writer/executive producer/showrunner.  The show has a 10-episode commitment and is already exploring casting choices. If the rumors are true and they do shoot here, let’s hope they stay in Wilmywood!

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TVBestOf2Today is the FINAL day to vote in TV.com’s Best of 2013.  We have just about every NC shot TV show on the list: Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastbound and Down.  VOTE NOW!

UPComing events:

  • JAN 8 – The People’s Choice Awards are Wednesday, 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 13 – Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” is that Monday, 9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Encore Magazine’s Best of 2013: Voting ends that Wednesday VOTE NOW. (And it’s my birthday, too!)

FYI: The Production Weekly listed Louisiana with 10 NEW projects this week.  TEN!! Seriously, we’ve got to do more to solicit more projects here!

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!