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Broadcast network execs have been ensconced in darkened rooms most of this week, screening dozens of pilots in preparation for upfront presentations during the week of May 12.
NBC is first out of the gate on the morning of May 12, followed by Fox in the afternoon. The Peacock already has given series commitments to several projects, including comedy “Tooken” from the potent combo of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, toplined by Ellie Kemper. By multiple accounts, the first episode lives up to its promise.
Another comedy project that continues to look like a lock for an order at the Peacock is the Amy Poehler-produced “Old Soul,” starring Natasha Lyonne (pictured). “Ellen More or Less,” from Jason Katims’ busy shop, has execs impressed with the potential of star Stacey McGunnigle.
- Cynthia Littleton
From Stephanie Savage, “Astronaut Wives Club” tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Fake Empire’s Savage, Josh Schwartz and Len Goldstein along with Groundswell are exec producing the drama.
“Agatha” hails from Tom Donaghy and is a procedural that centers on a former convict turned big city criminologist. She’s brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance, and the chief of detective she’s been hired to help is her father — whom she hasn’t spoken to in 15 years. The Mark Gordon Company and Michael McDonald are exec producers.
- AJ Marechal
ABC has handed pilot orders to four more dramas, The Astronaut Wives Club, written by Stephanie Savage; an untitled project from Richard Lagravenese in the vein of Dangerous Liaisons; Warriors, written by Wgaw president Chris Keyser; and Tom Donaghy’s Agatha. All four come from ABC sibling ABC Studios. Related: How Many Orders Is Each Broadcast Network Eyeing This Year The Astronaut Wives Club, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Michael London’s Groundswell Productions, initially was eyed as a potential limited series. Based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling novel published last summer, it was written by Savage in her first TV writing effort since co-creating Gossip Girl with Schwartz. Set in the 1960s with a modern feel, The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
ABC added four drama pilots to its roster late Friday, picking up projects from Tom Donaghy, Chris Keyser, Richard Lagravanese and Stephanie Savage. Agatha, from The Whole Truth's Donaghy, is a character-driven procedural and centers on a former convict-turned-big-city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. The chief detective she's been hired to help is her father -- and they haven't spoken in 15 years. Donaghy will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios entry alongside The Mark Gordon Co. and Michael McDonald. It marks Gordon's third pilot
- Lesley Goldberg
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