[08/10/12 - 11:08 PM] Development Update: Friday, August 10 Updates include: Nickelodeon to wrap "Victorious" after 60 episodes; OWN pulls "Super Saver Showdown," "Real Life: The Musical"; and NBC lands "Cleopatra" period drama.
[03/06/12 - 11:54 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, March 6 Updates include: Connie Britton to star in ABC's "Nashville"; Carrie-Anne Moss joins Dennis Quaid-led drama pilot at CBS; and John Barrowman is the latest to board ABC's "The Gilded Lilys."
[03/02/12 - 11:23 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 2 Updates include: ABC finds its "Beauty," The CW its "Beast"; Jesse Spencer reports to NBC's "Chicago Fire"; and Dan Byrd to star in CBS sitcom pilot.
[02/29/12 - 11:50 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 29 Updates include: Dane Cook to star in NBC's "Next Caller Please"; Hayden Panettiere is bound for ABC's "Nashville"; and Ashley Greene is the latest to "Americana" at ABC.
[02/22/12 - 11:36 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 22 Updates include: Emilie de Ravin joins ABC's "Americana"; Greg Grunberg cast in CBS comedy pilot; and Michael Raymond-James reports to NBC's "Midnight Sun."
[02/21/12 - 11:03 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 21 Updates include: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis in talks for CBS pilot; Milo Ventimiglia joins "L.A. Noir" at TNT; and Titus Welliver to lead NBC's "Midnight Sun."
[02/17/12 - 11:11 PM] Development Update: Friday, February 17 Updates include: Anthony LaPaglia to star in ABC's "Americana"; Donald Sutherland joins FOX's "Living Loaded"; and Ana Ortiz is the latest to ABC's "Devious Maids."
[02/01/12 - 10:51 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 1 Updates include: ABC adds two more comedy pilots; Jennifer Finnigan first to TNT's "Chelsea General"; and Kevin Bacon to star in Kevin Williamson's FOX pilot.
[08/10/11 - 11:16 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, August 10 Updates include: "Glee," "Vampire Diaries" add recurring roles; Kevin Bacon lands second project at HBO; and Jerry Bruckheimer books state trooper drama at CBS.
STATUS: previously in development (2012-2013 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, March 2012) It turns out clothes really do make the man. Legendary designer Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia - Without a Trace) has transformed his fashion label "Americana" into a remarkable family dynasty. It's not just a billion dollar company, it's the most iconic brand in the world. At Americana, everyone works hard and plays even harder. The Soulter family lives in a modern day Oz and Robert Soulter is the Wizard. Beyond the glitz and glamour, the fashion business has a notorious dark side. This year, you're a genius. Next year, you're out. But one thing's for sure... you have to watch your back. And Robert had better watch his, because a power struggle is just beginning. It's the established powerbrokers versus the young and ambitious. After 30 years of being the king of his industry, someone wants Robert replaced. Shockingly, that someone might be his wife Sierra (Christine Adams - Terra Nova), his ex-wife Wendy (Natalie Mendoza - Hotel Babylon), or one of his own children, Jesse (David Alpay) and Francesca (Emilie De Ravin - Lost). Alice Garano (Ashley Greene - Twilight), an up-and-coming young designer who just graduated from a top New York fashion school, could be the next Marc Jacobs or Alexander Wang. Except she just made a deal to work for her father Martin Soulter (Ken Olin - Brothers and Sisters) at his garment factory. That deal becomes impossible to honor when she meets her estranged uncle, Robert Soulter for the first time. Though Alice knows how much her father resents his famous brother, no one has ever talked about their 25 year feud. Alice can't resist Robert's invitation to discuss her work and a potential future at Americana. As Robert lures Alice deeper into his web, she feels like all of her dreams are coming true. Though what she has yet to realize is the dream comes with a cost - a family secret that could shatter everything she wants and everyone she loves, if it's ever revealed. Executive producers Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds) and Michael Seitzman (North Country) and director Phillip Noyce (Revenge) take you inside a glittering world of catwalks and catfights, to reveal the deliciously ugly side of the beautiful people who work in fashion, and explore the lengths people will go to protect their secrets.