Callies in on ABC 'Secret'

Touchstone Television is teaming up with NBC-based the Untitled Burke/Tarses Project for a half-hour NBC comedy pilot from scribe R. Lee Fleming Jr. (“She’s All That”).

Meanwhile, powerhouse helmer James Burrows is attached to direct the Peacock’s cast-contingent Paul Reiser-produced laffer, while “Tarzan” star Sarah Wayne Callies is joining “The Secret Service” for ABC. And NBC said it’s in business with scribe-producer Carol Leifer on a half-hour comedy.

Here are the latest pilot developments:

  • The Peacock on Friday gave a cast-contingent pilot pickup to the untitled laffer from Touchstone and Untitled. Skein revolves around a thirtysomething man who goes back to college after his wife dumps him. Fleming wrote and will exec produce the pilot along with Jamie Tarses and Karey Burke.

Tarses and Burke have a deal with NBC Studios, but Fleming developed the script at Touchstone. Scribe’s other credits include “Friends” and the feature “Get Over It.”

  • Burrows, who devotes a big chunk of his sked to directing “Will & Grace,” has cleared time to helm NBC Studios’ untitled laffer from Reiser and scribe exec producer Steven Sater. Project, which won’t get an official greenlight until it’s cast, revolves around a man and his tough-talking therapist.

The involvement of Burrows should help the project in the casting department since the BWCS-repped director has one of the best pilot-to-series ratios of any TV helmer.

  • Following her stint in the urban jungle of the WB’s short-lived “Tarzan,” WMA-repped Callies will play the lead in the hourlong Touchstone TV drama about a married Secret Service agent. ABC pilot comes from exec producers Alex Kurtzman-Counter, Roberto Orci and Francie Calfo.

  • Leifer will stay behind the camera as scribe and exec producer of the cast-contingent NBC laffer “Never in My Wildest,” a romantic comedy from NBC Studios and DreamWorks Television. Howard Klein, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are exec producing.

In addition to the pilot, Leiffer’s busy working as a writer on the upcoming Academy Awards. She’s also set to open for Jerry Seinfeld on a few dates of his current tour.

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