Peacock pilots laffer; ABC adds hourlongs
Fox added a drama and comedy pilot to its roster Wednesday, while ABC ordered two more hourlongs and NBC landed a laffer.First up at Fox, net said “howzit” to “The Big Island,” a one-hour serial drama from feature scribe Peter Elkoff (“Mr. Beautiful”) and Kevin Falls (“The West Wing”). Project, from 20th Century Fox TV, takes place at a luxury hotel on Hawaii’s Big Island where the international elite stay. “Big Island” will revolve around the hotel’s twentysomething employees and how they handle relationships among themselves and with the wealthy hotel guests. Endeavor-repped Elkoff will write and exec produce; Falls will also serve as an exec producer. The net has also ordered “Lucky Us,” a comedy about a mismatched couple who wind up permanently linked after their blind date results in an unexpected pregnancy. 20th Century Fox TV and Original TV are behind the sitcom. Holly Hester (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), who’s repped by Endeavor, will write and exec produce, along with Original’s Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz and Dawn Parouse. At the Peacock, net execs have ordered an untitled sitcom from scribes DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler (“Three Sisters”). UTA-repped scribes have written a half-hour sitcom about a romance between an unlikely couple. NBC Studios is attached. Meanwhile, ABC has ordered the drama “Kat Plus One” from Warner Bros. TV-based shop Berlanti-Liddell Prods. Drama, written by ICM-repped Maggie Friedman (“Dawson’s Creek”), revolves around a New York publicist who must suddenly raise a 6-year-old boy when her sister and brother-in-law die. Friedman, Greg Berlanti (“Everwood”) and Mickey Liddell exec produce. It’s been a successful first development season for Berlanti-Liddell, which also has the project “Jack & Bobby” at the WB, and a military drama in the works at Fox. Alphabet also officially ordered the Paramount Network TV comedic drama “Harry Green and Eugene.” Project reunites the creative team and star behind the short-lived Fox drama “Keen Eddie,” now enjoying a second life on Bravo. Hour-long stars Mark Valley as a Los Angeles private investigator whose life is complicated when his inept brother comes to town (Daily Variety, Oct. 10). Joel Wyman will write and Simon West direct; both will exec produce with Warren Littlefield and Jib Polhemus. The Littlefield Co. and Frequency Films are also behind “Harry Green and Eugene.”
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