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Pilot Watch – Some Shot Down, Others Take Off


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.

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The Pilot Frenzy Continues: 26 New Shows!


We have a lot of new pilots that have been greenlit to get through today, so without further ado…

(Lots more pilot news HERE.)

ABC

Cougar Town: Comedy co-written by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, starring Friends’ Courteney Cox as a fortysomething mum with a 17-year-old son who finds herself single and dating again.

Untitled Kelsey Grammer Project: Previously revealed to be in the works, Former Frasier star Grammer’s new sitcom has now been given the green light to go to pilot. The actor plays a Wall Street corporate tycoon who is forced to reconnect with his family after losing his job. Written by  Everybody Loves Raymond scripter Tucker Cawley.

Funny In Farsi: 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.

Canned: Sitcom about a group of friends who all get fired on the same day. Script is by Reaper and Desperate Housewives writer/producer Kevin Etten.

Planet Lucy: Comedy based on the book Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill about a disaster-prone woman who quits her job to raise three kids, leaving her to balance being a stay-at-home mother with trying to rebuild the life she had before she was married with kids.

The Law: Comedy co-written by and starring Cedric The Entertainer, about reserve cops working for the LAPD who have regular jobs and lives during the week but put on a badge on weekends.

Untitled Parenting Comedy: Comedy starring comedian Anita Renfroe about being a mother who lived by the principle that family always comes first, no matter what.

Untitled Dave Hemingson Project: Drama about a group of hard-living LA entertainment lawyers.

No Heroics: A US remake of a comedy from the UK’s ITV network, about off-duty, third-rate superheroes who hang out together at a heroes-only bar to drown their sorrows and moan to each other about their lack of fame and glory.

 CBS

Good Girls: Sitcom produced by Ashton Kutcher‘s production company Katalyst, about two childhood friends who set about reinventing themselves after making some youthful mistakes.

The Good Wife: Drama about a politician’s wife who becomes a defence lawyer and starts to carve a career of her own after her husband is disgraced.

Confessions Of A Contractor: Drama written by Richard Murphy, based on his novel of the same name. It’s 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 Shield And The Unit creator Shawn Ryan will executive produce.

I Witness: Drama about a professor who uses her psychophysiological skills to solve crimes.

The Eastmans: Medical drama about a complicated family of doctors.

Miami Trauma: Medical drama from the Jerry Bruckheimer stable, about a team of trauma surgeons trying to save critically injured patients in Miami. It’s written by Jeffrey Lieber, who wrote the original, non-sci-fi pilot script for the show that became Lost. Not to be confused with NBC’s pilot Trauma.

Three Rivers: Another medical drama, this time about organ transplants, from the point of view of doctors, donors and recipients. Former Jericho head writer Carol Barbee provides the script.

Waiting To Die: A buddy comedy about two easygoing guys.

Accidentally On Purpose: 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.

 

NBC

Untitled Family Comedy: Sitcom revolving around adult siblings, written by former Futurama writer and Samantha Who? consulting producer Justin Adler.

Community: Comedy set in a community college, written by Sarah Silverman Program co-creator Rob Schrab. Said to be similar in style to Stripes, the 1980s film starring Bill Murray as a taxi driver who joins the army for a joke.

100 Questions For Charlotte Payne: Ensemble comedy about a young woman’s experiences dating in New York.

State Of Romance: Comedy described as a present-day version of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice, set in Chicago.

 

Fox

Cop House: Comedy about a half-way house for “troubled cops”.

 

FX

Lights Out: Drama about a former boxing champ struggling with the onset of dementia, who takes a job as a collections enforcer  to make ends meet and provide for his family. The Bucket List‘s Justin Zackham is the writer.

Fire In The Hole: Based on an Elmore Leonard short story about a federal marshal in Kentucky, his ex-wife and his father. It comes from Boomtown creator Graham Yost.

 

Epix (Cable channel due to launch in May)

Tough Trade: Drama about three generations of a famous but dysfunctional country music family. It’s created by Weeds writer Chris Offutt and the executive producer is Weeds creator Jenji Kohan.

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