Trio of dramas, laffer to hit Alphabet
ABC is on pilot pickup overdrive, greenlighting three dramas and a comedy, all from sibling studio Touchstone TV.
Dramas are the conspiracy thriller “Sixty Minute Man,” the actioner “Day Break” and the family sudser “Brothers & Sisters.” The laffer, “Our Thirties,” revolves around pals dealing with adulthood.
Meanwhile, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Mercury in Retrograde”) and Jason Ritter (“Joan of Arcadia”) have joined Lucy Punch as cast members on CBS comedy pilot “The Class.”
Ferguson plays Richie and Ritter stars as Ethan on the show, which revolves around third-grade classmates who reunite.
On the pilot tip, prolific exec producers Chris Brancato and Bert Salke have reunited with the equally busy Graham Yost for “Sixty Minute Man.”
Brancato and Yost are writing the pilot, while all three scribes — who worked together on “Boomtown” — are exec producing. Project revolves around John Henderson, a suburban man who doesn’t remember what he did for one hour each day, driving him to figure out whether he’s part of a major national conspiracy.
“Day Break,” from exec producer Matt Gross (“Across the Universe”) and scribe Paul Zbyszewski (“After the Sunset”), centers on a cop who’s trying to stop the murder of a loved one while trying to find the person who framed him for murder. Zbyszewski is also a co-exec producer.
Then there’s “Brothers & Sisters,” which revolves around the interaction of adult siblings. Jon Robin Baitz (“The West Wing”) will write, while Ken Olin (“Alias”) is exec producing and directing.
As for the comedy, “Our Thirties” comes from scribe Dave Walpert (“Crumbs”), who will also exec produce with Warren Littlefield.
Pilot centers on an ensemble of thirtysomethings in San Francisco.