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ABC Orders Sci-Fi Thriller About Female Character With Latent Supernatural Abilities


ABC has picked up a drama pilot by Dean Georgaris, who on one hand wrote the screenplay for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, and on the other hand wrote the screenplay for The Manchurian Candidate. (Not literally.)

The potential show goes by the name Clementine, and promises a lady with superpowers, or at least a cult that thinks she will get superpowers.

The drama centers on a habitual criminal who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil.

If I had to hazard a guess, those abilities will probably start showing up at or before the end of the first episode. But even if I’m wrong, it’s good to see a network looking for a supernatural drama choose one with a female lead. Maybe somebody’s been noticing the success of Orphan Black?

(via The Hollywood Reporter.)

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  • locuas

    “The drama centers on a habitual criminal”
    Okay, it may be something i’m losing in the translation(since english is not my first language, after all), but i find something odd with that phrase…are Criminals a common thing in the series? does the writer think criminal is a professional creer? does she steal habits? i am seriously confused, could someone please explain it to me?

  • Samuel

    I think they mean that she is a repeat offender of crimes, e.g. in and out of jail/trouble for whatever reason, assault, theft, destruction of property, etc.

  • Anonymous

    I think they mean that being a criminal is a habit for her. She’s probably in and out of trouble a lot.

  • locuas

    ah, ok, thanks

  • locuas

    thanks, it really helped a lot.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to pretend it means she’s a nun who commits crimes. Probably for the Vatican. She runs around collecting religiously-significant artifacts and battling the sinister minions of a Big Business empire secretly led by Satan. Naturally she will have an on again/off again romance with Satan’s top minion, and as the show progresses we’ll have hints that she could be the descendant of an angel. And really, that’s no less trite or ridiculous than the real blurb sounds.

    A woman-led series sounds like a great idea and I really hope that all of the cynical foreboding I feel in regards to the blurb turn out to be unfounded.

  • Anonymous

    That’s funny: Clementine was the name of a German TV spot character, an advert for cleaning powder! ;-)

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    A little vague regarding what these powers actually are though. ^^; Does she gain the power to butter toast with her mind? Float a few inches off the ground and speak backwards? Predict steam discounts?

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I would totally watch that series. XD

  • Mark Brown

    I’m kinda more interested in the nun thing than in what ABC’s doing. . .

  • Saraquill

    I cross my fingers that there will be no objectification of this character.

  • locuas

    But then she discovers that the Angel she descends from is…Lucifer!

  • Anonymous

    Shhh! Spoilers!

  • locuas

    the twist in the season finale that follows it is way more shocking.

  • Warren G Harding

    Wait, which is the plus? Tomb Raider or the Manchurian remake?

    Because as I recall, it was neither.

  • Ben English

    Predicting steam discounts? Are you nuts, they don’t want to make her a total Mary Sue.

  • Ben English

    Predicting steam discounts? Are you nuts, they don’t want to make her a total Mary Sue.

  • Anonymous

    Nah, anyone can predict Steam discounts; just hang out near the Valve offices and wait until you hear Gabe Newell start cackling madly. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Her addiction to stealing nuns’ habits is what makes her the target of the group of zealots because they’d really like their clothes back.

  • Anonymous

    could this be ANY more vague here

  • Anonymous

    It’s ABC so my biggest question is how many love interests the lead will have before the end of episode 3?