'Still Star-Crossed' News & Updates: ABC Ordered 7 Episodes Of Shondaland's Period Drama; Series To Premiere On January 2017

By Mandy Adams , Dec 13, 2016 10:59 AM EST

"Still Star-Crossed," the newest historical drama to land on ABC, is slated for an early January 2017 premiere. Based on the latest reports, ABC ordered seven episodes of Shondaland's newest project. The series will follow the aftermath of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and it will be based on Melinda Taub's novel "Still Star-Crossed."

"Still Star-Crossed" Pilot Order

Back in October 2015, ABC landed the historical series "Still Star-Crossed." Heather Mitchell, the writer for "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," developed the story based on Taub's novel. The series was filmed in Spain back in April. "How to Get Away with Murder" director Michael Offer directed the series while Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will serve as the executive producers of the show.

The story is set in 16th century Verona and it will take place after the tragic deaths of Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague. To put an end to the feud between the two most powerful families in Verona, Prince Escalus orders that Juliet's cousin Rosaline (Lashana Lynch) and Benvolio Montague (Wade Briggs) be married. The unlikely couple tries to look for a way to end the violence between their warring families without going through with the wedding.

"Still Star-Crossed" Updates

The latest reports reveal that ABC only ordered seven episodes of the drama. The series premiere is set early in January 2017 although there is no exact date yet. Torrance Coombs who plays the role of Count Paris revealed that there is a possibility that the title of the series will be changed. At the moment, however, there is no official update from ABC or from any of the showrunners.

While there are a number of fans who are looking forward to this show, some fear that it will not be picked up for another season. Back in May, ABC released a trailer for the series which gave fans a first look of "Still Star-Crossed." Currently, Shondaland has four shows with ABC, namely, "Grey's Anatomy," "How To Get Away with Murder," "Scandal," and "The Catch."

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