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The 2010 and 2011 Network Pilot Orders

19 February 2010 1:00 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

It’s no secret we love TV. We watch it, talk about it, review it and generally spend a lot of time with it. So, it should come as no surprise we’re very interested in what new shows may potentially be coming to the networks in the near future.

Fortunately, we don’t have to do a lot of work to find out, and you have to do even less, because the guys and gals at EW have gathered together lists of all of the 2010-2011 season pilot orders for ABC, CBS and NBC. Wasn’t that nice of them? Yes, yes it was.

Just between these three networks (we’ll bring you Fox and the others, including cable, later), 31 dramas and 29 comedies are being considered. What shows will make it to the Fall schedule is still anyone’s guess, and we’ll have to wait until May to find out, »

- Chris Ullrich

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Pilot Intel: CBS eyes 11 new dramas, 9 new comedies

18 February 2010 10:26 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

CBS may have created two of the most popular new series this season - NCIS: La and The Good Wife - but the network still has some bare spots to contend with (we hardly knew ye, Three Rivers!) Not one to stray from its bread and butter shows, the network's got a Criminal Minds spinoff in the works plus a new project from CSI honcho Carol Mendelsohn, but all eyes are on its redux of Hawaii Five-o starring Lost's Daniel Dae Kim. And don't think CBS is resting on its laurels with the (unfathomable) success of Gary, Unmarried »

- Lynette Rice

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Pilots: Sarah Chalke joins ABC's 'Freshmen' class

3 February 2010 3:31 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Sarah Chalke is transitioning from medicine to politics, taking a lead role in ABC's comedy pilot "Freshmen."

The former "Scrubs" star will play one of three new members of Congress who share a Washington house, the showbiz trade papers report. Her character will be a successful businesswoman who breezed to victory in her election -- but has a terrible track record in relationships.

Chalke has guested on a couple episodes of "Scrubs" this season but finished her regular run on the show last year. Her credits also include "Roseanne" and a guest arc on "How I Met Your Mother," where she worked with "Freshmen" creator Greg Malins.

Other casting news:

- Zooey Deschanel ("(500) Days of Summer") is set to star in an HBO pilot based on Pamela Des Barres' memoir of her groupie days, "I'm with the Band." She'll also be an executive producer of the project, Deadline Hollywood says. »


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CBS greenlights Rob Riggle pilot

3 February 2010 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS has picked up a comedy pilot starring former "Daily Show" correspondent Rob Riggle.

Written by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, "Team Spitz" is a multicamera ensemble comedy centered on a bombastic high school football coach played by Riggle.

Sony TV, which developed the project, is exec producing with CBS TV Studios.

Martin and Schiff are executive producing with Tantamount's Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Mitch Hurwitz as well as Peter Principato and Paul Young.

CBS had being pursuing Riggle for a while. The network  inked a talent holding deal with the comedian in 2008 and cast him in a recurring role on comedy series "Gary Unmarried" last year. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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