Talicia Raggs, a second-year CSUN M.F.A. Screenwriting student, has landed a deal to write a pilot based on a novel by former Georgia lawmaker and voting-rights advocate Stacy Abrams. The project, Never Tell, from CBS Television Studios and PatMa Productions centers on a star linguistics professor with a complicated past who joins forces with a charismatic investigative journalist following the discovery of a cryptic message that's the only clue in a missing persons case. It sets them off on a partnership working cases for the New Orleans PD.
Raggs, who is also a co-executive producer of NCIS: New Orleans and whose credits include The Originals and Switched at Birth, will executive produce the project with Abrams and PatMa principals Nina Tassler (a former president of CBS Entertainment) and Denise Di Novi.
Abrams has written eight novels under the Selena Montgomery pen name. Never Tell was first published in 2004.