ABC aligned with Mimoun; NBC nabs Schwartz project
Summer vacation’s over in TV land.In a busy day for small-screen development, ABC has snatched up a one-hour family drama from “Everwood” showrunner Rina Mimoun following a fierce fight with NBC, but the Peacock bounced back by landing the latest project from “The OC” creator Josh Schwartz. Both projects have been given put pilot commitments, with substantial financial penalties attached. Elsewhere Thursday, Fox confirmed a put pilot commitment to a 20th Century Fox TV comedy from Victor Fresco (“Andy Richter Controls the Universe”). And over at NBC, Alicia Silverstone is getting back into the series game via a role in midseason laffer “The Singles Table.” As for Mimoun, the Alphabet has made a six-figure put pilot commitment to the Warner Bros. TV project “All Fall Down,” revolving around a family of seven lawyers. Mimoun is a consulting producer on WBTV’s “Gilmore Girls,” which is moving to the CW. She’ll write and exec produce the pilot while continuing to work on “Gilmore.” This is the second consecutive year Mimoun has set up a project at the Alphabet. Last year, she sold a script to the net dubbed “Saturn Return,” which didn’t move forward to pilot. Scribe, who’s repped by UTA, began her career on the WB’s “Jack and Jill,” later moving on to “Dawson’s Creek.” She joined “Everwood” in 2002, rising through the ranks to become exec producer-showrunner during its final season. Meanwhile, WBTV-based Schwartz is teaming with Chris Fedak for what’s described as an hourlong high-concept action drama in the vein of “Grosse Pointe Blank.” Pilot revolves around a normal guy who somehow ends up downloading the entire CIA database into his head. Fedak and Schwartz will write and exec produce the project together. Schwartz is having a busy development season: He also set up a project for the CW, “Gossip Girl.” As for the Fresco project, untitled multicamera laffer focuses on a middle-class family and the relationship between the outrageous grandfather and his overworked, overscheduled 10-year-old grandson. It’s believed Fox took the project off the table with a preemptive put pilot commitment. Fresco’s last Fox project was “Life on a Stick.” More recently, he’s been working on “My Name Is Earl.” Over at NBC’s “Singles Table,” Silverstone has been booked to play Georgia, a successful doctor who has a great career but no social life. Bill Martin and Mike Schiff are writing the 20th Century Fox TV-produced comedy, set to begin lensing next month.
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