ABC Developing ‘Harmony’, Musical Cop Drama From Composer Of ‘Wicked’ & Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik
Say what you like about ABC, but they aren’t afraid to think outside the box when it comes to tv shows. They are developing ‘Harmony’, a musical cop drama set on the mean and musical streets of New York!
The show is set in the town of Harmony, New York. A place where the residents have a rather unique dialect… They sing their feelings and dance their emotions! When a brutal murder rocks the thriving tourist destination, a repressed detective must return to the musical town he left as a teen to solve the crime and confront the ghosts that have haunted him ever since he fled.
The scripts are being written by ‘The Fosters’ and ‘Tut’ creators, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, with Jacob Chase, who came up with the original concept. The score comes from Grammy and Oscar-winning ‘Wicked’ composer, Stephen Schwartz, and Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik.
Whilst this may sound like an odd concept for a tv series, bizarrely, ABC has tried it before! Back in 1990, they developed a series called ‘Cop Rock’, which came from ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Hill Street Blues’ creator Steven Bochco. It ran for 11 episodes and US magazine TV Guide called it “the single most bizarre TV musical of all time.” Hopefully ‘Harmony’ will be more “in tune” with today’s audiences… (sorry…)
‘Harmony’ has been given a large pilot commitment from the network, which will be directed by Jon Chu (‘Step Up 2: The Streets’, ‘Justin Bieber’s Believe’, ‘Now You See Me 2’). Bredeweg, Paige, Chu, and Chase, will exec produce, along with Jonathon Komack-Martin (‘Deadpool’, ‘Tangled’, ‘R.I.P.D.’), and David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks from Mandeville Television who are producing the show with ABC Studios.
‘Harmony’ is currently only at the pilot stage, but we’ll let you know if it goes any further!