For Stacey Abrams, crime does pay – CBS is redeveloping thriller "Never Tell" into a series

Abrams' future includes more than just revolutionizing politics –  but when are her steamy novels getting adapted?

By Kylie Cheung

Published October 28, 2021 7:08PM (EDT)

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22:  Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams takes the stage to declare victory in the primary during an election night event on May 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  If elected, Abrams would become the first African American female governor in the state of Georgia.  (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) (essica McGowan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams takes the stage to declare victory in the primary during an election night event on May 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. If elected, Abrams would become the first African American female governor in the state of Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) (essica McGowan/Getty Images)

When Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, isn't flipping her state blue or championing voting rights for all, she's a prolific author of several critically acclaimed novels, ranging from sizzling romances to true-to-life legal thrillers. 

Now, Abrams' 2004 novel "Never Tell" is being adapted into a new series of the same name at CBS, Deadline reports. The drama was originally picked up by CBS in 2019, but is now being redeveloped with a new writer, Barbara Hall, although Abrams will remain on as an executive producer. Hall is the creator of the 2014 political drama "Madam Secretary" and a wide array of other CBS dramas over the last 20 years.

"Never Tell" brings to life the fictional story of criminal psychologist Dr. Erin Abbott, who moves to New Orleans to run from her past, and winds up linking with a local journalist and detective to solve a crime that's rocked the city to its core. In the book, a romance brews between Abbott and the journalist, Gabriel Moss, but it's not yet clear what direction the series will take. While the series is currently in development, CBS has yet to release any other information. Start your fan-casting now.


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Ever since Abrams' expansive organizing contributed to the shock Democratic victories in both the presidential election in Georgia last November, and the special Senate races in the state in January, many have speculated about what would come next for the Democratic trailblazer. And while Abrams is widely expected to run for Governor in her state come 2022, her partnership with CBS makes it clear her future will also include more than just politics.

Just earlier this year, another of Abrams' books, a legal thriller called "While Justice Sleeps," was also greenlit for a show at NBCUniversal, Variety reported. The book chronicles the chaos that descends upon the nation when a sitting Supreme Court Justice falls into a coma. "While Justice Sleeps" is Abrams' most recent fiction novel, following the release of her nonfiction memoir "Lead From the Outside" in 2019, and her 2020 book on voting rights and suppression, "Our Time Is Now Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America."

Abrams' other books, many of which have been written under the nom de plume Selena Montgomery, include "The Art of Desire," "Hidden Sins," "Secrets and Lies," and others. Abrams has been honored with the Reviewer's Choice Award and the Reader's Favorite Award from Romance in Color for Best New Author. 

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Kylie Cheung

Kylie Cheung is a staff writer at Salon covering culture. She is also the author of "A Woman's Place," a collection of feminist essays. You can follow her work on Twitter @kylietcheung.

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