[05/09/14 - 11:56 PM] Development Update: Friday, May 9 - Odds & Ends Updates include: ABC, NBC pass on the bulk of their remaining pilots; Casey Affleck to play Meriwether Lewis for HBO; Ryan Seacrest to return as host of FOX's "American Idol."
[03/12/14 - 11:31 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, March 12 Updates include: Rose McIver to lead "iZOMBIE" at The CW; Scott Cohen joins "Coercion" at NBC; and Morgan Taylor Campbell to round out the cast of ABC's "Sea of Fire."
[02/25/14 - 11:54 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 25 Updates include: Matthew Perry's "The Odd Couple" gets pilot order at CBS; Viola Davis to lead "How to Get Away with Murder" at ABC; and Ashley Judd set for "Salvation" at NBC.
[02/24/14 - 11:47 PM] Development Update: Monday, February 24 Updates include: Tim Daly marries "Madam Secretary" at CBS; FOX gives off-cycle pilot order to "Home"; and Lily Rabe nabs female lead on ABC's "The Visitors."
[02/21/14 - 11:50 PM] Development Update: Friday, February 21 Updates include: Matt Ryan tapped as "Constantine" at NBC; Ioan Gruffudd to live "Forever" for ABC; and Becki Newton joins "Weird Loners" over at FOX.
[02/19/14 - 11:46 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 19 Updates include: Debra Messing to lead "The Mysteries of Laura" at NBC; Terrence Howard to run FOX's "Empire"; and Paget Brewster boards ABC's "Saint Francis."
[02/12/14 - 11:31 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 12 Updates include: Cristin Milioti is the first to board NBC's "A to Z"; FOX gives series order to Will Forte's "Last Man on Earth"; and Jonathan Ryland is NBC's "Lifesaver."
[02/04/14 - 11:28 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 4 Updates include: Ryan Phillippe on track to lead ABC's "Secrets & Lies"; Linda Cardellini joins Netflix's KZK project; and Jake McDorman to star in ABC's "My Thoughts Exactly."
[02/03/14 - 11:27 PM] Development Update: Monday, February 3 Updates include: Scott Bakula, CCH Pounder to lead latest "NCIS" spin-off; Ken Marino to "Marry Me" for NBC; and Jack Davenport boards ABC's "Sea of Fire."
[01/29/14 - 11:57 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, January 29 Updates include: Tea Leoni is "Madam Secretary" at CBS; Jennifer Carpenter to lead "Sea of Fire" for ABC; and The CW greenlights a trio of drama pilots.
[12/19/13 - 11:22 PM] Development Update: Thursday, December 19 Updates include: ABC greenlights pair of drama pilots; Disney-ABC Domestic Television cancels "Katie"; and David Mamet to bring "7 Deadly Sins" to FOX.
[10/15/13 - 11:31 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, October 15 Updates include: Zooey Deschanel to executive produce two potential comedies; Jenna Bans to pen ABC's "Sea of Fire"; and John Leguizamo returns to HBO with "Ghetto Klown."
[10/17/12 - 11:03 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, October 17 Updates include: Dean Koontz revives "Frankenstein" at TNT; Kevin Connolly to star in CBS's "I Love You Like a Brother"; and Steven Maeda to import "Sea of Fire" at ABC.
STATUS: previously in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: network passed on 5/9/14
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, March 2014) As you drive into this quaint town, the banner reads, "Welcome to Serenity Falls - Our Little Slice of Heaven by the Lake!" It's an idyllic lake resort where everyone knows everyone's business. That is, until Sheriff Marty Kesowich (Jack Davenport) is tipped off about an illicit film starring his teenage daughter Merel and her best friends Sonya and Jane. Before he can investigate, Jane goes missing that night during the Spring Rose Festival. There is no more serenity in Serenity Falls. Relationships are tested as the three girls' families: the McCallisters, the Kesowiches and the Harpers, face Jane's disappearance and the arrival of FBI Agent Leah Pierce (Jennifer Carpenter). Sheriff Marty attempts to protect his friends against Pierce's cynicism and harsh accusations. When Pierce discovers Marty has been withholding knowledge of the girls' film, she questions whether he can be objective. Xander Harper, Jane's boyfriend, quickly becomes a suspect. During a tough interrogation by Pierce, Xander claims he saw Jane walking toward the lake, but fell asleep at the time of her disappearance. With the details of his story not adding up, Xander's parents, Dr. Kristen and Pete Harper, struggle over whether to expose his prior drug problems to Pierce. Jane's parents, Reverend Jimmy and Adine McCallister, have had their dependable world crumble and are coping with the nightmare of losing their only daughter... while their son, Rudy, attempts to dull the pain of his loss in other ways. As the dark secrets of Serenity Falls' most prominent families come to light betrayal, sex and murder will rock the town to its core in this drama from creator Jenna Bans (Scandal) with Mandeville Films (The Fighter, The Proposal, Detroit 187) and Scripted World (Hostages, Betrayal) attached to produce.