"Rockford Files" and "Hawaii Five-O" are flying high, procedurals are hotter than ever before, multicamera comedies are staging a comeback and veteran sitcom directors James Burrows and Pamela Fryman are the most sought-after helmers with three projects each.
"It feels like we're going back in time -- but in a good way," one TV lit agent said about this year's pilot season.
In addition to this dial-back to the '70s, networks are turning back time on the number of pilot orders. After a post-wga strike nosedive in the number of orders in 2008 to 61, down from 100-plus the previous three years, the tally has been edging up -- to 74 last year and 83 so far this season.
There are plenty of other surprises as well.
First, British formats are out, but British creators and personalities are in.
For the first time in a decade, there is no broadcast pilot based on a U. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
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