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.
- 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.
- 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.