Here’s a quick round up of the latest pilots to get the go-ahead in the States.
Trauma: No doubt with one eye on finding a replacement for ER, the network is considering this drama set in the the high-energy world of medical emergencies out in the field.
Mercy: Written by Liz Heldens, the show is a medical drama that follows the highs and lows of the lives of three close friends who are nurses.
Heldens writing credits include three seasons on NBC’s Friday Night Lights.
The Witches Of Eastwick: Light fantasy based on the John Updike novel, and the 1987 movie, about three women who develop supernatural powers after a mysterious man arrives in their their small town.
It’s the second attempt at a small-screen version of the story – a pilot was shot for Fox in 2002, starring future Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross, but never became a series.
Absolutely Fabulous: An American version of the rude ‘n’ crude 90s British sitcom about the boozy excesses of shallow, selfish fashion publicist Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and equally narcissistic magazine editor Patsy (Joanna Lumley), much to the disgust of Edina’s disapproving, straight-laced daughter, Saffron (Julia Sawalha).
Saunders created, wrote and starred in the original and is an is an executive producer on the US version. Former Saturday Night Live and Third Rock From the Sun writer Christine Zander will provide the script, which will set the show in Los Angeles.
AbFab ran for 36 episodes in the UK and is a cult hit in the States. Given the tendency of American remakes of foreign shows (Kath & Kim, for example) to make brash characters more likable and sympathetic and to lose the more grotesque aspects (the original Edina and Patsy were exceptionally grotesque and unsympathetic), it’s questionable how faithful the US version will be to the original.
Tick Tock: Comedy about a thirtysomething single mother who decides to focus her attention on finding true love.