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Fall 2011-12 drama and comedy pilots: What's the next hit (and what's headed to the trash bin)

10 May 2011 2:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

After spending untold amounts of cash on hundreds of dramas and comedies — most of which will never make it to your living rooms — the five broadcast networks will begin announcing in New York next week which projects are good enough to earn a coveted fall pickup. (NBC and Fox will present their fall schedule to advertisers on Monday, followed by ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday and the CW on Thursday).

Buzz is already strong for several projects (for more on the hot ones, click here). But every year, we always wonder what diamond-in-the-rough was left on the cutting room »

- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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Margo Martindale Joins CBS' Susannah Grant Drama Pilot, More Pilot Castings

30 March 2011 6:55 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In a recasting, Margo Martindale has been tapped for a co-starring role in CBS' untitled Susannah Grant supernatural medical drama pilot. Jonathan Demme is directing the pilot, which centers on Michael (Patrick Wilson), an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle), a doctor running a free clinic, dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the hereafter. Gersh-repped Martindale will play Michael's sassy and strong-willed assistant Rita. Martindale replaces Law & Order veteran S. Epatha Merkerson who was originally cast in the role. The recasting was made shortly after Merkerson began filming the pilot. Tony-nominated Martindale has been recurring on FX's Justified. Veteran Hector Elizondo has joined ABC's untitled Tim Allen comedy pilot. The multicamera project, from writer Jack Burditt, centers on Tim Fitzgerald (Allen) who, even though the world around him has declared the traditional male an “endangered species," is fighting for »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Nancy Travis Lands Female Lead in New Tim Allen Pilot

29 March 2011 6:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tim Allen has found a new wife. "So I Married an Axe Murderer" actress Nancy Travis has landed the female lead in Allen's upcoming pilot for ABC, the network has confirmed to TheWrap. The pilot, currently untitled but at one point known as "The Last Days of Man," will star Allen as Tim Fitzgerald, who "is fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women." Travis will play Vanessa, "Tim's smart and loving wife who doesn't miss much." Also read: The Lowdown on "Wonder Woman," "Alcatraz" and Every »

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Nancy Travis Gets Female Lead In ABC's Tim Allen Pilot, Jere Burns Joins NBC Comedy

29 March 2011 5:56 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Nancy Travis has landed the female lead opposite Tim Allen in ABC's untitled comedy pilot headlined by the former Home Improvement star. The multicamera project, from writer Jack Burditt, 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th TV, centers on Tim Fitzgerald (Allen) who, even though the world around him has declared the traditional male an “endangered species," is fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women. Travis will play Vanessa, Tim's smart and loving wife who doesn't miss much. Allen and Burditt are executive producing the pilot with John Pasquin, who will direct, as well as Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Richard Baker and Rick Messina. This is the second broadcast pilot for Travis this season; she also booked a guest starring/recurring role on the CW drama Heart of Dixie. She is with Apa and Greenlight Management. Jere Burns has been cast in a lead »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Fall 2011-12 pilots: What will make the cut for fall?

23 March 2011 4:15 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

And they’re off! Casting is all but completed and production has already begun on scores of pilots for the five broadcast networks. But not every comedy and drama will go the distance. Which project has the right stuff? What pilot already has you feeling like you popped a Lunesta? Check out the mammoth slate for fall consideration. (And remember, all projects are whittled down in late April/early May before the nets present their fall slates to advertisers in New York):  

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The Doctor (Rina Mimoun, David Nutter). A mother (Christine Lahti) reconnects with her adult children when »

- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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Tim Allen Set to Star in New ABC Sitcom

19 February 2011 8:29 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Tim Allen is looking to re-team with ABC to star in a new comedy series, www.tvline.com is reporting. The series will follow Tim Fitzgerald, believed to be played by Allen, who is struggling with his masculinity. He’s trying to break free from the constant presence of women who are trying to dominate him. The still untitled show, which had the working titles ‘Man Up’ and ‘Last Days of Man’ before ABC abandoned them both, will be Allen’s first series since his hit sitcom ‘Home Improvement’ was canceled by the network in 1999. The multi-camera comedy will be written by ‘30 Rock’ producer Jack Burditt. He is also on board to executive [...] »

- karen

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Tim Allen Will Return to TV with The Last Days Of Man on ABC

19 February 2011 5:00 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last September we heard that Tim Allen was looking to make a big return to primetime television. The stand-up comedian made a huge splash in the 90's with the family sitcom Home Improvement, but has since opted to take one decent turn in Galaxy Quest, his best role as Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise, and a whole slew of terrible parts in wretched family films. Well, EW reports the actor has finally chosen the project for his return to TV with The Last Days of Man, a new comedy series on ABC. The series follows Tim Fitzgerald as he's fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women. Could turn out all right, but it's going to take a lot for me to get excited about a Tim Allen project. Of course, ABC scored some comedy points with me for making Modern Family such a current TV staple, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Tim Allen Joins ABC Pilot About Man's Last Stand

18 February 2011 1:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tim Allen is returning to television with a pilot about a man trying to survive in a woman's world, TheWrap has confirmed. The show, most recently known as "Last Days of Man," would be Allen's first series since ABC's top-rated "Home Improvement," assuming ABC orders that the pilot become a series. Also read: The multi-camera comedy, written by "30 Rock" producer Jack Burditt, is about a man, Tim Fitzgerald, "fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women," according to ABC. Such a world probably doesn't include a lot »

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ABC pilot wrap: Angels, stewardesses, Poe and fairy tales on tap for fall

10 February 2011 12:14 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

ABC is nearly done picking up pilots for fall and, like over at NBC, there’re some intriguing high-concept ideas mixed in with the network’s usual “Can we have another sexy hit soap like Grey’s Anatomy pretty-please?” Also like at NBC, there’s a new entertainment president at the helm picking the titles — Paul Lee, who used to run things over at ABC Family before being called up to the big show.

What good about ABC’s dramas this year is I’m grasping to find a trend — that means there’s eclectic stuff rather than the network »

- James Hibberd

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ABC picks up 'The Last Days of Man'

20 January 2011 2:08 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ABC has commissioned a pilot episode of new comedy The Last Days of Man. Entertainment Weekly reports that the pilot will focus on Tim Fitzgerald, a "traditional male" who considers men to be an "endangered species... in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women". In November, Tim Allen was said to be in early discussions to star in the pilot, then known as Man Up. However, it is currently (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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ABC picks up 'Last Days of Man' comedy pilot

19 January 2011 3:40 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

ABC has picked up multi-camera comedy The Last Days of Man to pilot.

The concept: “Even though the world around him has declared the traditional male an ‘endangered species,’ Tim Fitzgerald is fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women.”

That whole “last real man on Earth” stuff is figurative, by the way, not literal. Tim Allen was in talks on this project about making it his TV return vehicle, but it’s unclear if he’s still in the mix. Jack Burditt (30 Rock) wrote the pilot, with 20th Century Fox TV and Lost Marbles producing. »

- James Hibberd

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