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Sarah Michelle Gellar to co-star with Robin Williams in CBS pilot

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams. On TV. Together.

This is now a possibility.

Gellar is set to co-star in the CBS pilot Crazy Ones, a single-cam comedy about a father (Williams) and daughter who run an advertising agency together. The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star will play Sydney Roberts, the intense and driven daughter of Williams’s Simon Roberts.

Gellar last headlined CW’s one-season drama Ringer, a role that was billed as her post-Buffy return to television and was part of the 2011-2012 TV season.

CBS announced the pilot order for Crazy Ones, a project by David E. Kelly, and two drama pilots earlier this month.

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Minnie Driver to co-star in 'About a Boy' pilot

Minnie Driver could be headed back to TV.

The actress has joined a pilot Parenthood creator Jason Katims’s forthcoming pilot, About a Boy, based off the book by Nick Hornby.

She will co-star alongside David Walton (New Girl) on the project, playing Fiona, eccentric mother to Marcus, a boy who develops a friendship with an immature bachelor (Walton) neighbor.

In the 2002 movie adaptation, the role was played by Toni Collette, who co-starred in the film with Hugh Grant.

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ABC drama pilot stages 'L Word' reunion

A drama pilot in development for ABC this fall will reunite Jennifer Beals with the creator/executive producer of The L Word, the drama she starred in at Showtime.

Ilene Chaiken will serve as the showrunner for Venice, a sudsy drama pilot from McG about two rival families who live in the California city, Deadline reports. Chaiken was a co-creator of The L Word, which aired on the pay network from 2004-09.

Beals will play the matriarch of one of the families in the drama pilot, which McG will direct. Beals last appeared in Fox’s The Mob Doctor and The Chicago Code. 

For more about ABC’s development roster for fall, as well as what’s up at the other nets, here is our master list.


'Lost' alum Josh Holloway cast in CBS drama pilot 'Intelligence'

From the island to U.S. intelligence — Lost alum Josh Holloway has scored the lead role in CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence, EW has confirmed.

Based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon, the show is about a U.S. intelligence unit whose top agent, Gabriel Black (Holloway), has some very special abilities — a microchip that has been implanted into his head allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. The pilot script comes from Michael Seitzman (North Country) and will be directed by David Semel (No Ordinary Family).

Since wrapping up Lost in 2010, Holloway’s projects have included a guest appearance on Community and a role in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Holloway was among the nine actors EW’s Lynette Rice listed as the most-wanted starts for new fall TV. Read the full list here.

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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


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


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.

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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:
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CBS orders 'Bad Teacher' comedy pilot

Bad Teacher

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.

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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


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