Very much in the vein of Castle, the new series follows Bilson as Ella, the former star of a hit cop series who’s fresh-out-of-rehab following a bender of epic proportions. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie (Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Though lonewolf Eddie resents the babysitting gig, high-spirited Ella proves herself to be surprisingly valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective. When the press touts Ella’s role in solving a high-profile case, Eddie finds his phone ringing off the hook with new clients looking to hire the pair.
“Andrew and Terri are wonderful storytellers and this is the perfect project for their return to ABC,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. “We’re excited to see Rachel and Eddie bring these characters to life.”
Take Two is an international production between ABC Studios and StudioCanal’s Tandem Productions. Marlowe and Miller will executive produce via their Milmar Pictures banner with StudioCanal TV’s Rola Bauer and Tandem Productions’ Tim Halkin.
Bilson is coming off a recurring gig on CMT’s Nashville, though she will not return for that show’s upcoming sixth season. She is also known for starring roles on The OC and Hart of Dixie. Cibrian is coming off of Fox’s short-lived Rosewood. Bilson is represented by CAA and Rob Levy. Cibrian is repped by Gersh and Media Four.
Linda Ge | TV Editor