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Cast options have been picked up on a number of pilots, including CBS comedy Team Spitz and ABC show Wright Vs. Wrong. The news means that the pilots are still in with a chance of being commissioned as midseason replacements for the 2010-11 season. Deadline reports that both Wright Vs. Wrong - starring former Will & Grace actress Debra Messing - and fellow ABC comedy Awkward Situations For Men are now "expected to shoot (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
I hear another ABC comedy pilot, Wright Vs. Wrong, also is getting another chance. The network is ordering a new pilot from the Sony-produced single-camera project, which stars Debra Messing as a conservative commentator, eyed for midseason. I hear ABC loves Messing and creator Stephnie Weir as well as the voice of the show but wants to improve on the execution with the hire of a new showrunner. With Wright vs. Wrong and Awkward Situations For Men both getting new pilots, ABC may not order more new comedy series at this time. The network also is keeping an eye on the [...] »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
I hear it’s over for ABC’s comedy pilot It Takes A Village. The network, which has so far picked up three comedy pilots, Better Together, Mr. Sunshine, and Happy Endings, is rumored to be picking up two more new comedy series. Wright Vs. Wrong had been considered the leading contender, possibly competing for a spot with It Takes A Village. The Debra Messing-starring Wright Vs. Wrong is still actively searching for a showrunner. It didn’t get an order along with the two new ABC dramas that were picked up today, Body of Proof and Off The Map. There is speculation [...] »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Pilot season is a wonderful time in TV Land; countless fledgling writers and would-be stars compete for the few slots available on the fall network lineup, where the survival rate of new shows making it to a second season is 31%! Recently, both The Live Feed and Deadline put together a report on the series that have risen through the ranks and stand a good chance of making it to air.
After the jump, you’ll find a breakdown of the hottest pilots at Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC, including projects from producers J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, and Brett Ratner as well as stars Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, and William Shatner.
Thanks to The Futon Critic for all the plot synopses and cast information.
Fox: Looking for 3-5 dramas and 3 comedies
Plot: “Drama about ex-fugitives who are recruited to work as Us marshals.”
Cast/Crew: created by Nick Santora »
- Brendan Bettinger
Rough cuts of pilots in contention for next season are starting to trickle into the broadcast networks, and some very early front-runners are emerging.
Such pole position titles are often replaced a few times during the weeding-out process as more footage comes into the networks. At this stage, name-recognition titles like CBS' "Hawaii Five-o" and NBC's "Rockford Files" continue to enjoy a halo effect, but some fresh titles are also turning heads.
Starting with NBC, the network is looking to pick up as many as six dramas to plug its holes in the schedule and has plenty of A-list producers in contention. A remake of "Rockford Files" from "House" showrunner David Shore is considered a near-lock. Same with J.J. Abrams' spy drama "Undercovers," whose completed pilot is getting rave reviews ("looks great, with gorgeous leads").
- By James Hibberd
5 items from 2010
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