By James Hibberd
January 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

Mob wives, devious maids and a magical Manhattan are among the pilot ideas just ordered by ABC.

The quartet of one-hour pilot orders include a new drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, a conspiracy thriller from Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring and a mafia drama from Dexter writer Melissa Rosenberg. Here’s the rundown:


Logline: After pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, a female cop discovers a magical world that exists within New York City.  A world that goes unseen by normal humans, and takes all of the familiar NY landmarks and reinvents them in a magical otherworldly manner. Written and executive produced by Michael Green through 20th Century Fox Television.

Zero Hour

Logline: A bizarre twist of fate pulls a man who’s spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history. Written and executive produced by Paul Scheuring through ABC Studios.  Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott are also attached to executive produce.

Devious Maids

Logline: Based on the Mexican format, this soap follows four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Written and executive produced by Marc Cherry through ABC Studios.  Sabrina Wind is also attached to executive produce.


Logline: Based on the Dutch format, PENOZA centers on the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Written and executive produced by Melissa Rosenberg through ABC Studios.  Endemol Studios, Alon Aranya and Howard Klein are also attached to executive produce.