LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Scandal” producer Shonda Rhimes is collaborating with William Shakespeare on a new ABC series.
The network said Thursday it’s ordered a period drama from Rhimes about the aftermath of the deaths of young lovers Romeo and Juliet.
“Still Star-Crossed” will become Rhimes’ fifth series at ABC. Along with “Scandal,” her ShondaLand company produces “Grey’s Anatomy,” ”How to Get Away with Murder” and “Catch.”
“Catch,” which hasn’t made the ratings splash of Rhimes’ other shows, will return for a second season, ABC said.
Details about the broadcast networks’ 2016-17 season plans are trickling out in advance of next week’s schedule presentations to advertisers in New York City.
“Supergirl” is landing at CW for its second season after debuting last year on CBS. It’s a good fit for CW, currently home to three other superhero shows: “The Flash,” ”Arrow” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”
All are from prolific producer Greg Berlanti, who has placed yet another show at CW for next season, “Riverdale.”
Based on the Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” was described by the network as a present-day “surprising and subversive take” on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends. Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse and Luke Perry are among the stars.
Other network announcements Thursday:
— “Frequency,” CW, inspired by the 2000 Dennis Quaid-Jim Caviezel film. A police detective gets in touch with her late father via a ham radio and work together on an unsolved murder case. Riley Smith is among the stars.
— “No Tomorrow,” CW, follows a cautious woman and a freewheeling man who fall in love and decide to pursue their dreams because of a belief that the apocalypse is near. The cast includes Tori Anderson and Josh Sasse.
— “Conviction,” ABC. A lawyer and former first daughter (Hayley Atwell) takes a job with the New York district attorney’s office to avoid jail time for drugs and political damage for her mother’s Senate campaign.