Producer Barry Kemp’s Bungalow 78 Prods. has gotten an early jump on the development process, confirming pilots at each of the four networks under its overall deal with Universal TV.Among those projects is “Blue Skies,” a sitcom dealing with two friends who start an upscale, L.L. Bean-type catalog business, from producers Judd Pillot and John Peaslee — former producers on the Bungalow 78 ABC hit “Coach”– toward a pilot commitment the pair have at the Alphabet network. “Skies” is believed to be the first sitcom to get a firm ABC pilot order. For Fox Broadcasting Co., Bungalow 78 and Universal will produce “LAX 2194,” set in the airport’s customs office 200 years in the future and seen through the eyes of a 20th-century man frozen for two centuries. Ken Estin, who worked with Kemp on “Taxi” and more recently the ABC sitcom “Delta,” is writing that project. The company also has NBC pilot order on “Big Daddy’s Barbecue,” from Kemp and another “Coach” alum, Mark Ganzel, based on Jeff Wayne’s one-man show; he plays a blue-collar worker who regales neighbors with his politically incorrect views of the world. Pillot and Peaslee are also behind “Big Shots,” a CBS project about a woman at a local Green Bay TV station. Kemp will exec produce all projects.
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