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ABC Studios Int’l & M6 France team up on Poppy Montgomery series

ABC Studios International and French broadcaster M6 are developing a “sexy, action-packed, one-hour blue-sky crime show” starring Poppy Montgomery (Without A Trace – pictured far right, Unforgettable) and written and exec. produced by Ken Sanzel.

The untitled series stars Montgomery as Cat Chambers, a thief turned fixer for the Governor of a Pacific Island chain. Impulsive and irresistible, Cat’s less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crimes and criminals as she becomes enmeshed in fast-paced adventures and island intrigue. Montgomery is also serving as an exec producer.

Ken Sanzel, a former New York City cop, was executive producer and showrunner on the CBS show Numb3rs for several seasons. Following that, he was executive producer and showrunner of CBS’s NYC 22 and Ironside at NBC.  He also wrote the pilots Crosshair for Gaumont, Rule 44 for NBC, Targets for Legendary, and Counterspy for CBS.

The show looks like it has been designed to meet buyer demand for glossy, upbeat procedural-style shows. Disney Media Distribution holds international rights to the project.