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ABC pilot from '12 Years a Slave' writer

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ABC has given a pilot order to a TV project from the screenwriter of the acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave.

The network has greenlit a pilot for American Crime, written by John Ridley (Barbershop), who will also executive produce along with Michael McDonald (Web Therapy). The pilot’s logline isn’t hugely descriptive, but gives some sense of the storyline: “The personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial are examined as their worlds are turned upside down.”

12 Years a Slave surprised awards prognosticators by taking home the Golden Globe for best drama series on Sunday.