[03/21/14 - 11:17 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 21 Updates include: ABC Family pulls the plug on drama pilot "Alice in Arabia"; Alfre Woodard tapped as President in NBC's "State of Affairs"; and Lindsay Sloane cast in "The Odd Couple" at CBS.
STATUS: previously in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: script
ADDITIONAL NOTES: pilot order rescinded
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC Family's press release, March 2014) "Alice in Arabia" is a high-stakes drama series about a rebellious American teenage girl who, after tragedy befalls her parents, is unknowingly kidnapped by her extended family, who are Saudi Arabian. Alice finds herself a stranger in a new world but is intrigued by its offerings and people, whom she finds surprisingly diverse in their views on the world and her situation. Now a virtual prisoner in her grandfather's royal compound, Alice must count on her independent spirit and wit to find a way to return home while surviving life behind the veil. The pilot was written by Brooke Eikmeier, who previously served in the US Army as a Cryptologic Linguist in the Arabic language, trained to support NSA missions in the Middle East. She left service in September 2013 as a rank E-4 Specialist.