After bringing the network such major hits as Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and of course, Scandal, Shonda Rhimes is preparing to bring fans yet another sure-fire hit for ABC, and it’s called Lawless.
According to Deadline, ABC has started development of the drama with Mistresses developer and executive producer KJ Steinberg as well as Shonda’s Shondaland company. According to Shadow and Act, Lawless is inspired by the story of Wynona Ward, founder of Have Justice Will Travel, who late in life decided to go to law school and eventually start a legal group to provide women of domestic abuse with help and those women of lower income who have protective orders with free legal representation. After being sexually abused by her own father, Ward reportedly was pushed at 41 to go to college and law school to change things around her after finding out another child in her family was sexually abused by a relative. However, in the show, the character’s name will be Joanna James and as her story will go, she “returns to her hometown to right the wrongs she left behind.”
While Shondaland is helping by executive producing the project, Steinberg will actually be doing the writing for the show. They’ve worked together in the past on a period drama (set in the 1800s of all times) called Gilded Lilys for ABC a couple of years ago, but it never made it out the gate. Here’s to hoping for more TV success for both parties. Will you be watching?