CW redoes rejected ABC pilot

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A two-year-old pilot that ABC passed on is getting a second life at the CW. Capital City, from Commander in Chief creator Rod Lurie, will be completely redeveloped by the new network.

Capital City tells the story of a young woman who begins a long, eye-opening journey into politics. In the original ABC pilot, filmed in 2004, Leslie Bibb starred in the lead role, and supporting roles were filled by such big names as Peter Fonda, David Paymer, Tom Berenger, and Mary Steenburgen.

ABC passed on the project, and now CW has picked up the script and will start from scratch. Lurie is again writing and executive producing the pilot script and will direct if the pilot gets picked up, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Commander in Chief, which told of the first female US president (Geena Davis), premiered in September 2005 to solid ratings but was plagued with production delays and behind-the-scenes problems. The show was scheduled sporadically and ratings fell, leading to ABC's decision not to renew it for a second season.

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