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Fox trying ‘Patience’; ABC targets ‘Mrs. Smith’

CBS orders three more comedy pilots

Fox is taking one more stab at “More, Patience,” greenlighting a new version of the pilot for the project first developed five years ago.

Meanwhile, ABC announced plans to develop a TV version of the feature “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” while CBS ordered three more comedy pilots and NBC added another one Monday.

Sony Pictures TV and Pariah TV are behind “More, Patience,” first developed as a comedy for fall 2001. Jed Seidel wrote the pilot, which starred Mary McCormack as Patience More, a New York City psychiatrist who has difficulty navigating her personal life.

When it didn’t make the cut, Fox and the show’s producers reworked it into an hourlong project, which still didn’t make the grade.

Now, five years later, Fox is giving the project another shot. Seidel (who since then has worked on “Veronica Mars” and “Ghost Whisperer,” among other shows) is back as exec producer, along with Pariah partners Gavin Polone and Jamie Tarses. McCormack is no longer involved with the show, which is cast contingent.

On the “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” front, the TV adaptation is being targeted for either next midseason or fall 2007.

Small-screen version would follow the basic spirit of the film, in which Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt starred as a suburban couple secretly working as competing assassins. Regency TV is producing.

Doug Liman, who directed the feature, will likely helm the pilot as well, while the movie’s scribe, Simon Kinberg, will pen the pilot. Liman and Dave Bartis’ newly renamed Dutch Oven shingle also will produce; Liman, Bartis and Kinberg are exec producers.

Over at CBS, net has picked up a pilot from Sony Pictures TV and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison label about a married couple, an engaged duo and a single guy.

Tom Hertz (“The King of Queens,” “Spin City”) is writing and exec producing.

The Eye also has greenlit the comedy pilot “Welcome to the Jungle Gym,” from writer Gabrielle Allan (“Scrubs”), about a woman who cuts back her workload to focus on motherhood. The lead character and her two best friends struggle to juggle their relationships with their responsibilities raising kids.

Warner Bros. TV is behind “Jungle Gym.”

CBS also is aboard an untitled comedy pilot from Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, who were behind NBC’s “Men’s Room.”

Port and Wiseman wrote and will co-exec produce, while “Just Shoot Me” and “Mad About You” alums Moses Port and David Guarascio will exec produce. Sitcom, from NBC Universal TV Studio, revolves around a young couple who must deal with the wife’s large extended family.

As for NBC, the Peacock has picked up the comedy pilot “Community Service,” penned by David Israel and Jim O’Doherty (“Grounded for Life”).

The single-camera comedy, from NBC Universal TV, revolves around a big-time real estate developer who loses everything and returns home to his small town to pursue a lost love. To complicate matters, he gets into a legal skirmish and winds up having to perform 500 hours of community service.

Israel and O’Doherty’s credits include “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “The Tracy Morgan Show.”

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