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ABC Picks Up Four New Hourlong Dramas

ABC has four new hourlong dramas en route, the network confirms to Vulture. Penoza will see Twilight screenwriter and Dexter alum Melissa Rosenberg adapting a Dutch series about an assassinated man's widow taking his shady place within organized crime. Devious Maids, a soap opera-tinged adaptation of a Mexican show about four housekeepers scheming for fame and fortune while working for Hollywood's elite, will come from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. Zero Hour's plot will revolve around a man who, having spent 20 years as a skeptical magazine editor, gets wrapped up in one of mankind's biggest conspiraces; Prison Break showrunner Paul Scheuring is attached. Comic book scribe and Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green will pen and exec produce Gotham, which will follow a female police officer who stumbles into a magical realm within New York City...and which might score some Batman-hungry viewers in the wake of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises?