Julia Brownell is switching gears from cults to grapes. “The Path” co-executive producer has scored a put pilot commitment from ABC for family drama “Eight Hundred Grapes,” Deadline reports. She’ll exec produce and pen the script.
An adaptation of Laura Dave’s 2015 novel “Eight Hundred Grapes: a Perfect Summer Escape to a Sun-drenched Vineyard,” the potential series centers on Georgia Ford, “who learned some important secrets growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard,” the source writes. “The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. But just a month before her wedding, 30-year-old Georgia discovers her fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive that it will change their lives forever. Georgia does what she’s always done: She returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents and her brothers and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets.”
Phillip Noyce (“Roots,” “The Giver”) is directing the pilot.
Brownell most recently worked on Hulu’s “The Path,” a drama about a fictional religion — or cult, depending on who you ask — known as Meyerism and its followers. The show’s second season concluded in April, and Hulu has confirmed it will be returning for a third. Her other credits include “Parenthood,” “Smash,” and “Hung.”
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