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Fringe writers team with Jon Favreau on conspiracy drama for ABC

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This should satiate the genre fans who can’t get enough of what Fringe is offering: The drama’s masterminds — together with Jon Favreau and Seth Green – are teaming on an hour-long project for ABC that brings an X-Files sensibility to Capitol Hill. It’s called Secret Cabinet.

Here’s the official logline: “A procedural following a newly-elected president and his secret cabinet, the government’s covert team of America’s most elite minds who investigate and protect our nation from the strangest occurrences and conspiracy theory truths out there.”

ABC gave a put pilot commitment to the project, which means the network would have to pay a stiff penalty if it decides not to order it to series. That means the high-concept script from Fringe men Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman has a great chance of making it to the lineup come fall of 2012.

Favreau will direct the pilot, which will reunite him with Orci and Kurtzman. The duo penned Cowboys & Aliens that was helmed by Favreau.