ABC goes ahead with Sam Esmail’s procedure Acts of crime, giving the project a pilot pick-up.
It marks the final step in the network’s second cycle development plan for the 2020/21 season and marks the Mr. Robot the creator’s first foray into television.
Deadline understands that the pilot, which is from UCP and ABC Signature, will be shot this spring.
Esmail, who also adapted the Back home podcast for Amazon, writes, directs and produces with his partner Esmail Corp, Chad Hamilton, an EP.
The network did not give many details on the project, which is described as a “single rotation” of the criminal proceedings.
This is a rare broadcast sale by UCP, where Esmail is under a global agreement. Esmail is also working with the NBCU-owned studio on limited series. Angelyne and the Battlestar Galactica to restart.
UCP is best known for cable and streaming series such as Netflix The Umbrella Academy.
No official word on Esmail’s other project, an untitled CDC drama, which is also set at ABC. This project received a pilot commitment in September.
Acts of crime is one of a number of projects likely to be piloted in the coming months. We Hear Kevin Costner’s Drama National park service is also likely to receive a pilot order with possibly some other orders. This follows a second cycle order for the theater pilot Sorting, which was recently completed.
It comes after the Disney-owned network gave three of its 2020 pilots orders directly to the series, dramas Big sky, which debuted in late fall Rebeland comedy Call your mother. He also picked up a Home Economics comedy series from a presentation.
Harlem cuisine starring Delroy Lindo was scheduled to film this month, but that doesn’t move forward, as there’s no decision yet on Working woman, who was shot, or Authoritarian, who has yet to film due to the current Covid surge.