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ABC Talking with Lucasfilm About ‘Star Wars’ Series; Orders Kyra Sedgwick Drama

TCA: New ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey met the press on stage for the first time.

New ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey may be bullish on fall, but she’s already looking ahead at the network’s future slate – including a potential “Star Wars” series.

Channing Dungey

Channing Dungey, ABC

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With Marvel and other Disney properties (like “The Muppets” last season) having already populated ABC’s primetime lineup, is a “Star Wars”-themed series on the horizon? Dungey was non-committal, but did at least reveal that there have been talks.

“As a fan, I’d love to say yes,” Dungey said of a “Star Wars” show on ABC. “We have had conversations with [Lucasfilm] and they will continue. It would be wonderful to expand that brand on our programming.”

Dungey declined to give any more details, including whether it’s a live-action or animated “Star Wars” property they’re discussing. Later, she only repeated that talks are ongoing. (It’s obviously very much in an early stage.)

It’s been long rumored that ABC might eventually land some sort of “Star Wars” project, but just like Marvel, things are tight-lipped inside the Lucasfilm camp.

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

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Meanwhile, ABC has also given a 10-episode order to a new drama starring Kyra Sedgwick. The actress, most recently seen in a recurring role on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” will return to the one-hour form with ABC’s “10 Days.” The show takes place over 10 days.

Sedgwick will play Jane Sadler, a working mom and TV producer who’s investigating corruption in the LAPD force. The action picks up when he daughter goes missing.

Dungey called the show a “taut, compelling thriller… We think Kyra is the perfect person to bring this strong, dynamic character to life.”

Skydance TV is behind the show, which will be written and executive produced by Tassie Cameron (“Rookie Blue”).

Dungey said the show could continue as a limited series franchise, with future seasons focusing on other “10 Days” stories. Season 1 will be given the full title “10 Days in the Valley.” The writers’ room has already opened and started work on “10 Days.”

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Meanwhile, with Marvel and other Disney properties (like “The Muppets” last season) having already populated ABC’s primetime lineup, is a “Star Wars”-themed series on the horizon? Dungey was non-committal, but did at least reveal that there have been talks.

“As a fan, I’d love to say yes,” Dungey said of a “Star Wars” show on ABC. “We have had conversations with [Lucasfilm] and they will continue. It would be wonderful to expand that brand on our programming.”

Dungey declined to give any more details, including whether it’s a live-action or animated “Star Wars” property they’re discussing. Later, she only repeated that talks are ongoing.

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Asked about renewing “American Crime” for a third season, despite low ratings, Duney called executive producer John Ridley “one of the pre-eminent storytellers and filmmakers of our generation.” She hopes that Season 3 will “broaden the base” of viewers. “Clearly the show does resonate,” she said, pointing to its Emmy nominations.

And what about finally getting a diverse star on “The Bachelor”? Dungey was a bit unsure. “I would like to see some change there. One of the biggest changes [would be to] increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning.”

Meanwhile, don’t expect to see ABC use the “TGIT” (“Thank God It’s Thursday”) tagline in the fall. That catchphrase has become synonymous with Shonda Rhimes series; but with “Scandal” on hiatus and non-Shondaland series “Notorious” filling in, the network will wait until January to revive “TGIT.”

Plus: ABC gave a renewal to all four of its summer game shows: “Celebrity Family Feud,” “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth” will all be back next year.

And expect to see more procedural dramas on ABC in the future. (The network’s focus on serialized hours has often been cited as one reason ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee was let go.) “We have to schedule 35 weeks in a year, and it’s nice because with a procedural you can do 22 episodes and they generally repeat really well,” Dungey said.

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