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ABC orders John Leguizamo comedy pilot

John Leguizamo wants to make a comedy about his life.

The actor will star in a sitcom pilot for ABC that’s based on his existence as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper side of New York. Here’s the official logline from the network: “Woven into this world are his privileged life, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries about getting spoiled and losing touch with reality.”

Leguizamo has a long history of working in TV. In 1995, he created and starred in a variety show for Fox called House of Buggin. He also was in ER for the 2005-06 season, and shot a drama pilot for CBS in 2006 in which he played a Los Angeles detective. He also headlined The Kill Point for Spike TV and was a guest star in My Name is Earl for NBC.

NBC orders 'Ironside' pilot with Blair Underwood

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If you can remember the ’60s drama Ironside that starred Raymond Burr as a wheelchair-bound detective, you may like this: NBC has decided to shoot a remake pilot with Blair Underwood in the title role.

Here’s how NBC describes the new version from Michael Caleo, David Semel, Teri Weinberg, John Davis and Jon Fox (phew!): “A tough, sexy but acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.”

The original series, which is owned by the Peacock’s parent company, ran on NBC from 1967 to 1975. READ FULL STORY

Robin Williams to star in CBS comedy pilot

Robin Williams is looking to transition to the small screen. He’s set to star in a new CBS comedy pilot from David E. Kelley called Crazy Ones, which focuses on a father and daughter who work together in an advertising office. It’s described as a workplace/single-camera comedy.

CBS also picked up two drama pilots today, one of which could raise eyebrows since some politicians and the NRA are trying to blame Hollywood for gun violence. CBS has ordered a project called Anatomy of Violence, a potential new series from the masterminds behind Homeland (Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa) that focuses on a criminal psychologist with an expertise in sociopaths who partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past.

Sounds like a swell companion for Criminal Minds, no?  Or maybe it’s a romance disguised as a dark violent show! Anyway, it’s from 20th Century Fox TV, which makes the award-winning Homeland for Showtime. Alex Cary is also listed as the writer.

The network also picked up a pilot called Intelligence from executive producers Michael Seitzman, David Semel and Tripp Vinson. Its described as a drama that is centered at the U.S. Cyber Command, which focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

As with any pilot, there are no guarantees that these three will be picked up to series — though if you have a star like Williams, it sure does help. CBS, like the other broadcast networks, will announce which pilots make the cut for fall at the New York upfronts in May.

Big Thunder Mountain TV show gets ABC pilot order

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ABC executives are queuing up for the network’s Big Thunder Mountain project. ABC just gave a pilot order to Big Thunder, which is inspired by the 1979 Disneyland theme park mine ride.

“When a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon, they quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems,” goes the show’s logline. Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) has the task of writing the pilot. Chris Morgan (The Troop) will executive produce.

In addition to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise keeping giving its theme park rides new big-screen life, Disney has a film starring George Clooney with the title Tomorrowland in the worksTomorrowland is being developed by director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol) and writers Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Entertainment Weekly’s own Jeff “Doc” Jensen.

ABC also picked up three other drama pilots Tuesday: READ FULL STORY

Chuck Lorre's new sitcom casts 'West Wing' star

Chuck Lorre has found his next Mom.

Former West Wing star Allison Janney has been cast in the mega-successful comedy producer’s new CBS pilot.

She’ll star opposite the previously announced Anna Faris, who plays a newly sober single mother trying to pull her life together in Napa Valley. The Emmy-winning Janney will play Faris’ own mom (so there’s two moms we’re talking about here; the title refers to Faris’ character).

The pilot is written by Lorre and his Two and a Half Men colleagues Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker, with Lorre and Gorodetsky as executive producers. The multi-cam sitcom has the potential to continue Lorre’s sitcom winning streak, which includes TV’s top-rated comedy The Big Bang Theory, along with Men and Mike & Molly.

Janney recently returned from the Sundance Film Festival, where promoted her films Touchy Feely and The Way, Way Back, the latter of which was acquired by Fox Searchlight. If greenlit to series, Mom will mark Janney’s first regular live-action TV series role since ABC’s Mr. Sunshine and, before that, The West Wing.

Read more:
Anna Faris joins CBS sitcom from Chuck Lorre
Charlie Sheen wants to return to ’2.5 Men’: ‘I am dead, but so’s the show’

CW orders cult drama about youths with special powers

The CW wants to stage a comeback, of sorts, for the classic UK children’s series The Tomorrow People. Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec will executive produce a drama pilot that’s based on the British series that aired in the ’70s.

It’s the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil. The writer is Phil Klemmer.

The Tomorrow People first ran in Britain between 1973 and 1979. It ended up inspiring a companion comic book and several tie-in novels.

The CW also ordered the drama pilot Blink from writer Vera Herbert and executive producer David Marshall Grant. It’s described as warm, quirky, humorous drama about a family whose lives are forever changed, for better and worse, when the patriarch has a car accident resulting in a coma like syndrome where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all. His narration and fantasy sequences emanating from his mind provide context and a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of the family and his own situation.

Fox orders drama pilot about assassins

Fox is looking to uber-producer John Wells (ER, Shameless, The West Wing) to create a drama about a family of assassins.

The network has ordered Boomerang, a drama pilot written by Davey Holmes and exec produced by Wells and Andrew Stern that focuses on the usual, everyday drama surrounding a family business — except this family is in the business of executing hits as assassins for the U.S. government.

For more on Fox development for fall 2013:
Fox orders ‘Sleepy Hollow’ pilot
Greg Kinnear’s ‘House’-like drama gets pilot order

 

 

CBS orders 'Bad Teacher' comedy pilot

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Remember the 2011 movie Bad Teacher?  It could become a comedy on CBS next fall.

CBS has ordered a pilot from Sony that, like the film that starred Cameron Diaz, will focus on a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband. The single-camera comedy will be written by Hilary Winston and exec produced by Gene Stupinsky and Les Eisenberg, who penned the film.

CBS also ordered a drama pilot called The Advocates from Rome creator Bruno Heller. The project from Warner Bros. TV will follow a female lawyer and a male ex-con who team up as victim advocates, going to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog.

For more on fall 2013 development:

CBS orders 4 pilots (two from ‘Raising Hope’ creator
Toni Collette cast in Jerry Bruckheimer thriller for CBS
CBS developing comedy for Jim Gaffigan

ABC orders soapy pilots, plus one about the undead

ABC jumped into the pilot-ordering frenzy Tuesday by announcing the pickup of three dramas and a comedy for fall consideration.

The first of its orders went to Betrayal, a drama pilot from David Zabel (ER) that has the makings of another primetime soap. Here’s the logline for the project from ABC Studios: “A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family.  When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.” READ FULL STORY

'Alias,' 'Lost' producers to create dramas for NBC

UPDATED: NBC has ordered drama pilots from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and John Eisendrath (Alias), as well as a bunch of new comedy projects from the likes of Jason Bateman and Dick Wolf.

Eisendrath’s project is dubbed The Blacklist, a project that’s also from Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger) that’s been described as follows: “The world’s most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with.  His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection.”

Cuse’s project is called The Sixth Gun, a drama that’s based on the best-selling supernatural graphic novel that follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers. READ FULL STORY

Anna Faris joins CBS sitcom from Chuck Lorre

The House Bunny may headline her own primetime sitcom next fall.

Anna Faris has been cast in Mom, a multi-camera comedy in development for CBS that’s from uber-producer Chuck Lorre. She will play a sober single mom who attempts to turn her life around in, all places, the Napa Valley.

Lorre penned the script with Two and a Half Men scribes Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker. Besides headlining The House Bunny, Faris’ other credits include Observe and Report and The Dictator.

USA orders genre pilot from 'Walking Dead' EP

The USA Network is getting back into genre TV.

The network announced today a cast-contingent pilot order for WWII-set sci-fi drama Horizon, a show that comes from executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead).

Horizon is about an FBI secretary who finds out that her husband may have been killed in a battle with a spaceship while in the South Pacific. She becomes obsessed with finding out the truth and eventually, according to a logline, “becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion.” Hurd will executive produce the hour-long series with writer and co-executive producer Bridget Tyler (Burn Notice).

Horizon is our first genre piece since The 4400 and the first ever period drama for the network,” network co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber said in a statement. “This signals the next step in the evolution of our programming brand.”

Related:
‘Burn Notice’ renewed for shorter seventh season
USA announces winter premiere dates for ‘White Collar,’ ‘Suits,’ ‘Necessary Roughness’; ‘Common Law’ canceled

Kramer's comeback? Michael Richards cast in Kirstie Alley pilot

Kramer’s heading back to TV.

TV Land confirms to EW that Seinfeld star Michael Richards has been cast in the pilot of Giant Baby, a new sitcom starring Kirstie Alley. The pilot tapes next week. Richards hasn’t had a starring role on the small (or big) screen since 2000, when The Michael Richards Show came and went on NBC. (Blame that old Seinfeld curse, or the fact that the series wasn’t funny.) Of course, his career really hit a standstill in 2006, when a vulgar, belligerent clip of the comedian freely spouting the N-word at West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory hit TMZ.

Here’s a series description, courtesy of TV Land. READ FULL STORY

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