If you’ve been following my reports of pilots currently in development at the networks, here’s a quick update.
First off, CBS has ditched Confessions of a Contractor. The Shield creator Shawn Ryan was involved in this drama written by Richard Murphy, based on his novel of the same name, which was said to provide a provocative look at life in LA through the eyes of a successful contractor who is torn between two of his female clients, who have a mystery in their shared pasts.
The pilot pick-up was cast-contingent and CBS decided to back out after a lead actor could not be found.
ABC, meanwhile, has decided not to proceed with Funny in Farsi, a comedy based on the novel Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas, which chronicles the author’s childhood as an Iranian immigrant in 1970s Newport Beach, California. The pilot order was director and showrunner-contingent and neither were found.
Planet Lucy – a comedy based on the book Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill about a disaster-prone woman trying to balance being a stay-at-home mother with rebuilding the life she had before she had kids – is also a no-go at ABC. It had also been cast-contingent.
On the plus side of the pilot order column, CBS has picked up Ace In The Hole, a comedy pilot created by and starring former radio show host Adam Carolla as a husband and father who works as a driving instructor.
Meanwhile a few existing pilots have added to their cast lists.
Former Dharma and Greg star Jenna Elfman (right) has landed the lead role in Accidentally On Purpose, the CBS comedy based on the autobiographical novel by Mary F. Pols about a movie critic who has a fling with a younger man and becomes pregnant.
ABC’s drama I, Claudia has been renamed See Cate Run and Smith actress Amy Smart has landed the title role as a a young prosecuting attorney who is a future contender for US President. In the present-day, though, she is more concerned about her love life than her career.