CBS taps veterans for pilots

CBS is turning to several big-name producers for pilots, unveiling two projects under the aegis of “Northern Exposure” producers Joshua Brand and John Falsey, as well as hours from Dick Wolf, John Sacret Young and Don Bellisario.

The network is also developing a half-hour with producer Alan Zweibel (“It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”) and director Rob Reiner, “Tell Me a Story,” built around bedtime stories.

Reiner’s last foray into television was the short-lived CBS summer tryout “Morton and Hayes.”

The Brand-Falsey shows, both produced under their overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, include the tentatively titled “Sherman’s Travels,” a two-hour romantic mystery pilot that would lens in Europe, and an 8 p.m. family drama.

Wolf, whose credits include “Law & Order,” has a legal drama in the works, while no concept was available on projects from Bellisario (“Quantum Leap”) and Young (“China Beach”). Wolf and Bellisario have overall deals at Universal and Paramount, respectively.

CBS has already announced commitments to Disney and the Carsey-Werner Co., respectively, on comedy series for next year featuring Dolly Parton and Cybill Shepherd, as well as a new medical drama from producer David E. Kelley — the second show under the two-series pact through Twentieth TV initiated with Emmy winner “Picket Fences.”

After years of development limbo, CBS will also air its first live drama from filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, “Top of the Ninth,” on a Sunday in April. The goal of the project is to recapture the feel of the old “Playhouse 90” anthology series.

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