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Rachel Bilson, Eddie Cibrian to Star in ABC Straight-to-Series Procedural From 'Castle' Creators

Andrew Marlowe and his producing partner (and wife) Terri Edda Miller will exec produce the drama, which hails from StudioCanal, Tandem Productions and ABC Studios in a global pact.

ABC is looking to the creators of Castle to deliver another procedural hit for the network.

The Disney-owned network, following a lengthy casting search, has handed out a straight-to-series order for Take Two, a procedural starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian from Castle creators Andrew Marlowe and his producing partner (and wife) Terri Edda Miller.

The drama hails from Tandem Productions, StudioCanal and ABC Studios in what is said to be a groundbreaking co-production structure. The series has been pre-packaged with worldwide rights and will air in the U.S. on ABC, RTL/Vox in Germany and France Television in France. StudioCanal will serve as the lead studio; ABC Studios affiliate Disney Media Distribution handles international sales.

Take Two revolves around Ella (Bilson), the former star of a hit cop series who is fresh-out-of-rehab following a bender of epic proportion. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie (Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Although lone wolf Eddie resents the babysitting gig, high-spirited Ella proves herself to be surprisingly valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective. When the press touts Ella’s role in solving a high-profile case, Eddie finds his phone ringing off the hook with new clients looking to hire the pair.

“Terri and Andrew have created wonderful characters and a light-hearted, yet strong drama that has excited leading networks on both sides of the Pond,” StudioCanal TV managing director Rola Bauer said. “This is a new paradigm for network co-productions with the anchor networks being in the U.S. and Europe. To be here now with ABC, RTL/Vox and France 2 is a testament to Terri and Andrew’s creative vision. We are all thrilled that Rachel and Eddie will join this journey.“

Miller and Marlowe will exec produce via their ABC Studios-based Milmar Pictures banner alongside StudioCanal’s Bauer and Tandem’s Tim Halkin

"Andrew and Terri are wonderful storytellers and this is the perfect project for their return to ABC,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said. “We’re excited to see Rachel and Eddie bring these characters to life.”

Cibrian’s TV credits include Rosewood, Third Watch, CSI: Miami and Sunset Beach. He’s repped by Gersh and Media Four. Bilson, meanwhile, counts Hart of Dixie, Nashville and The O.C. among her TV roles. She’s repped by CAA. Miller and Marlowe are with CAA, which helped broker the deal; Management 360 and Lichter Grossman. Tandem and StudioCanal are with CAA and Loeb & Loeb.