The choices on the solid of ABC’s backdoor pilot The Good Lawyer had been up as we speak, which implies that by now, the community would’ve decided on The Good Lawyer spinoff starring Kennedy McMann and Felicity Huffman.
However the destiny of the pilot — in addition to ABC bubble sequence The Rookie: Feds and Residence Economics — stay in limbo amid the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. And the longer the work stoppages go, the longer the reveals’ odds of getting a pickup get.
Based on guidelines pertaining to the SAG-AFTRA strike, any solid maintain interval is prolonged during the work stoppage. Since ABC and main The Good Lawyer studio Sony Footage Tv had one other month on the pilot actors’ choices when the SAG-AFTRA strike began July 14, that point might be added when the strike ends.
Residence Economics solid’s choices had been prolonged for 60 days once they had been up June 30, I hear. With the SAG-AFTRA strike beginning two weeks later, the actors might be below choices for an additional month and a half after the work stoppage involves an finish.
As a brand new sequence, freshman The Rookie: Feds is on a distinct schedule; I hear the choices on the solid are usually not up till the top of October so, with the time of the strike subtracted, ABC can decide as late as December.
That further time is probably not obligatory as, relying how deep into the autumn the strikes go, the community might make calls on the three reveals sooner.
As Deadline reported earlier as we speak, Labor Day is a threshold for the writers’ strike to finish to ensure that the printed networks to air significant seasons of their authentic live-action drama sequence spanning 13 episodes, with premieres in February for established reveals and March for newer ones.
ABC had deliberate to launch The Good Lawyer within the spring, so if the WGA or each strikes stretch into October/November, the pilot just isn’t more likely to get a sequence order but it surely seems promising if a WGA-AMPTP deal is made earlier than that, I hear. Of its crop of 2023 drama and comedy pilots, ABC in Could picked as much as sequence the one-hour Excessive Potential starring Kaitlin Olson.
I hear the scenario is extra sophisticated with drama The Rookie: Feds, starring present Emmy nominee Niecy Nash, and comedy Residence Economics, headlined by Topher Grace, which is coming off its third season. Like The Good Lawyer, each sequence come from outdoors lead studios, eOne, now owned by Lionsgate, and Lionsgate Tv, respectively. Enterprise and different concerns are stated to be factoring into the choice however an early fall finish of the WGA strike does enhance each reveals’ renewal possibilities, with Residence Economics, being older and half-hour in size, stated to have a bit extra leeway how late within the fall it might restart manufacturing to make a spring Season 4 return.
ABC brass are stated to love all three reveals creatively, which is why they’ve remained into consideration months after the Could upfronts when such selections are usually made.