20th Television has been developing a pilot for a new project called, “The Company You Keep”, which is going to star and be executive produced by Milo Ventimiglia.
Deadline has revealed that ABC has picked up the project for a series. A writers room has been started in anticipation of a series order.
“The Company You Keep” is based on Korean format, “My Fellow Citizens” that ran for more than 30 episodes on KBS2. It follows con man Charlie (Ventimiglia) and undercover CIA officer Emma. A night of passion leads to love between the pair, who unknowingly are on a collision course professionally. While Charlie ramps up the “family business” so he can get out for good, Emma’s closing in on the vengeful criminal who holds Charlie’s family debts in-hand — forcing them to reckon with the lies they’ve told so they can save themselves and their families from disastrous consequences.
It will also star Catherine Haena Kim, William Fichtner, Tim Chiou, Freda Foh Shen, James Saito, Sarah Wayne Callies, Felisha Terrell and Polly Draper.
Phil Klemmer has been brought in as a co-showrunner on the series. Julia Cohen and Klemmer serve as executive producers and co-showrunners. Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff executive produce for DiVide Pictures, along with Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu and Caitlin Foito for Electric Somewhere, and Todd Harthan and Lindsay Goffman. Deanna Harris (DiVide Pictures) is a producer. The pilot episode has been written by Cohen and directed and executive produced by Ben Younger.
ABC is looking to debut the show midseason in 2023. So expect to see the series also released on Hulu and released internationally on Disney+.