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ABC Soaps it up with 'Nashville,' 'Americana' Pilots


As ABC transitions out of the daytime soap business, the network finds itself delving deeper into primetime soaps. The alphabet network has given the green light to pair of pilots centered around the music and fashion business.

Americana, written by North Country writer Michael Seitzman is a soap revolving around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business. ABC Studios and Mark Gardon Company (Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy) produce the project. Seitzman will also executive produce with Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) and Mark Gordon Co.,’s Nicholas Pepper.

The second, family soap Nashville, is set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise. The series is helmed by Oscar-winning writer Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and filmmaker RJ Cutler. Cutler will direct the pilot. The pair will executive produce the series with Steven Buchanan of Gaylord Entertainment. Nashville’s pickup is cast contingent on finalizing a production deal with ABC Studios and Lionsgate.

Ryan White-Nobles
Ryan White-Nobles is Editor-in-Chief of TV Source Magazine. He's began covering entertainment and soap operas in 2005. In 2009 he co-launched Soap Opera Source, and led the TV Source rebrand in 2012. He's a natural #Heel who loves a spirited debate and probably watches too much TV. Follow him on Twitter at @SourceRyan to discuss all things TV, soaps, sports, wrestling and pop culture.

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  1. I hate losing amc and oltl but Nashville sounds good. Why not make our soaps into weekly soaps ?

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