ABC is taking a big swing by accepting a script all about divorce from one of the writers of AMC’s recent hit, “Fear the Walking Dead.” And surprisingly another big name is linked to the project -- actress Reese Witherspoon.
According to Deadline, the script is in development at the network under the title of “Please Don’t Go.” Witherspoon will executive produce the show along with creator, writer and producer Meaghan Oppenheimer, who previously wrote for the hit companion series to “The Walking Dead.”
The outlet reports the series focuses on: “A ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas. Raised in the trailer parks of Texas, she has left behind a life of struggle amid squalor, working her way into a corner office and mansion in Dallas’ most prestigious neighborhood. But beneath her facade of togetherness, she’s plagued by self-destructive tendencies and long hidden family secrets that begin to unravel her life.”
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, “Please Don’t Go” will mark the latest in a growing trend of shows focused on the theme of divorce. The outlet speculates that the trend has to do with networks being desperate to find content in the romance vein that offers a unique perspective and dynamic amongst its characters to what’s already been on TV for so many years. ABC alone is currently working with romance novelist Nicholas Sparks and producer Shonda Rhimes on two separate divorce-themed comedies.
Oppenheimer is the series’ creator, but her previous acting credits include ”LoveFinder” and “stalkTALK.” In recent year’s she’s focused more on writing screenplays like “We Are Your Friends” and the episode “Not Fade Away” on AMC's “Fear the Walking Dead.” It’s unclear at this time if her work on the new show will prevent her from penning another script to the zombie-drama when it returns in 2016 for its second season. As previously reported, the new run of the show will be based on the water and focus on the group of intrepid survivors from last season as they navigate the zombie apocalypse from the ocean in order to survive the new world of threats.