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Vanessa Williams Returning to ABC in Cosmetics Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’

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Vanessa Williams attends the Opening Night Gala of the 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 6, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Vanessa Williams attends the Opening Night Gala of the 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 6, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

*Vanessa Williams is headed back to ABC in the new drama pilot “False Profits.”

The former “Ugly Betty” standout joins “Scandal” favorite Bellamy Young in the story following a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams will play Suzanne, the “chief” of a successful “tribe” of saleswomen who wants to add Laura (Young) to her cluster of money-making devotees. Suzanne dangles the prospect of a fabulous income in front of Laura but becomes mercilessly competitive the moment that Laura starts her own tribe of three.

Kayla Alpert (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Code Black) wrote the pilot script and executive produces the ABC Studios drama alongside Jason Reed and Sabrina Wind (Desperate Housewives). Kosha Patel, Kapil Talwalkar and Shelley Hennig co-star.

With “False Profits,” Williams returns to ABC where she starred in “Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives” and the short-lived drama “666 Park Avenue.” The project also reunites her with Wind, who worked for Marc Cherry on “Desperate Housewives.”

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