By Lynette Rice
Updated December 18, 2010 at 06:21 PM EST

ABC has greenlit its first pilot for the 2011-12 development season – a new drama from uber-producer Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice). Penned by Rhimes, the untitled project revolves around the life and work of a professional “fixer” and her “dysfunctional staff,” an ABC spokeswoman says. The character is based on the career of Judy Smith, a crisis management consultant who has guided corporations, politicians and public figures over the last 20 years.

Smith is a co-executive producer. The project will be produced under Rhimes’ Shondaland shingle for ABC Studios.