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ABC picks up 'biblical saga' from 'Exodus' duo, 4 more drama pilots

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ABC has picked up five new drama pilots, including a “biblical saga” from Exodus: Gods & Kings writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. 

Of Kings and Prophets, produced by Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi, is described as “an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.”

The network’s also picked up a new drama from Gossip Girl and Smash writer/producer Josh Safran, Quantico. Here’s the logline: “A group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As we intercut between their hidden pasts and their present training, we also flash-forward to the near future, where one of the recruits will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.” The Mark Gordon Company will executive produce.

The network has also picked up LA Crime, “a character-driven, true-crime procedural that explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in L.A. history. Season one focuses on two LA cops in search for a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial killing team amidst the rock-and-roll, coke-infused revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip.” Steven Baigelman (My Brother’s Keeper) is writing, with Mandeville Television executive producing.

One-hour dramedy Mix—from Private Practice writer Jennifer Cecil—”explores the realities of modern-day families—multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions—set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads.” It’s being executive produced by Le Train Train, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack.

The network also announced it’s picked up Runner, written and executive produced by Michael Cooney. The logline: “Lauren Marks believes she is leading a perfect life. A woman’s perfect life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate; to uncover the truth she must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the US and Mexico.”

Runner is being executive produced by Ian Sander, Kim Moses, and Peter Horton. Suits writer/producer Jon Cowan is attached to executive produce and showrun.