MUMBAI: Having recently won the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for American Hustle, David O. Hustle, the prolific writer, producer and director is now venturing into television. According to Deadline, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order to a drama project from the American Hustle writer/director and Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant. The two are executive producing with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. The show, described as “an upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club”, will be co-produced by CBS Studios and ABC Studios. This would be Timberman/Beverly’s fifth on-air series, joining Justified, Elementary, Unforgettable and Masters of Sex.
This marks the first TV series for Russell, with rare back-to-back Best Picture Oscar nominees — American Hustle this year and Silver Linings Playbook last year accompanied by best writing and directing nominations both times. Along with his Golden Globe and SAG wins, Russell is nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Last year, his film, Silver Linings Playbook earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay; he also picked up a Best Director nomination in 2011 for The Fighter.