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ABC Greenlights Pilot for 'Vampire Soap Opera' from Berlanti Productions

Greg Berlanti

Greg Berlanti

ABC has ordered a pilot for The Brides. A new show from Berlanti Productions, the team behind the CW hit Riverdale, the drama has been dubbed a "vampire soap opera" by VarietyRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa will write and executive produce the pilot, along with fellow EPs Greg BerlantiSarah Schechter, and Maggie Riley (who will also direct).

Variety described the show as a "contemporary reimagining of 'Dracula' with a trio of female leads." The team helming the show has not only headed up Riverdale, but also Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and soon-to-air Katy KeeneThe Brides was first developed by NBC, but the ABC show is a new version of the original idea. 

Variety reported that the push into primetime soaps comes at the behest of Karey Burke, head of ABC Entertainment, "is making a concerted effort to recapture ABC’s female audience." At the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, Burke discussed her approach to the network's 2020 schedule.