ABC Buys Fashion Drama ‘Threads’ From ‘Cruel Intentions’ Lindsey Rosin

ABC has put in development Threads, a drama from writer Lindsey Rosin (NBC’s Cruel Intentions), Random Hill and ABC Studios.

Written by Rosin, Threads centers around aspiring designer Jessica Lee, who finds herself at the center of the biggest battle for power in the fashion world when the legendary founder of the iconic brand — where she currently works as an assistant — is forced to step down, setting off a cutthroat, high-stakes search for his replacement. Caught between her loyalty and her ambition, Jessica must navigate sex, secrets and succession as the beauty of fashion gets ugly.

Rosin executive produces with Random Hill. ABC Studios is the studio.

ABC for years has been looking to get a fashion-themed drama series on the air, going back to the 2011-12 season when it ordered the fashion industry clan soap Americana to pilot. This season, the network is developing Threads as well as a fashion drama from Crazy Rich Asians writer Peter Chiarelli, designer Zac Posen (Project Runway), ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville Television.

Rosin co-wrote and co-executive produced with Jordan Ross and Roger Kumble the Cruel Intentions TV sequel, which was ordered to pilot at NBC and had Sarah Michelle Gellar reprise her role. Along with Ross, she also was behind Cruel Intentions: The Unauthorized Musical Parody. Rosin’s debut novel Cherry was published by Simon & Schuster. Rosin is repped by Underground, ICM Partners and Tara Kole at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

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