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NBC orders up pilots

Net takes on 'Journeyman,' 'Watch'

Drama pilot order — “The Watch,” an hour about a suburban neighborhood watch group gone terribly wrong. Ed Dector and John Stauss wrote and will exec produce via Sony Pictures TV-based Pariah. Gavin Polone and Jamie Tarses of Pariah also exec produce.

Cast-contingent drama pilot order — “Journeyman,” an hourlong romantic fantasy about a man who travels back in time to fix the lives of people in trouble. Kevin Falls (“The West Wing”) wrote and will exec produce via 20th Century Fox TV. NBC had given a put pilot commitment to the project last summer (Daily Variety, Aug. 21).

Comedy pilot order — “The IT Crowd,” a half-hour about a mixed-gender group of geeks who work in the IT department of a major company. Moses Port and David Guarascio (“Just Shoot Me”), along with Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, wrote and will exec produce. NBC U and FremantleMedia North America are producing the hour, based on a Channel 4 Britcom created by Graham Lineman. Lineman will be a consultant on the U.S. version.

Comedy pilot order — “Kath and Kim,” a U.S. take on the Oz laffer from NBC Universal TV Studio and Reveille. Nancy Pimental (“South Park”) will write and exec produce; Reveille’s Ben Silverman also is an exec producer. Single-camera half-hour revolves around a woman and her dysfunctional relationship with her grown daughter.

Pilot pickup — “I’m With Stupid,” a BBC sitcom being reworked for U.S. eyeballs by Wil Calhoun (“Friends”) and the Farrelly brothers (Daily Variety, Oct. 22). Skein’s about an unlucky guy who becomes friends with a man who uses a wheelchair — and moves into his home for the disabled. Peter Farrelly is aboard to direct, while he and brother Bobby will exec produce, along with Calhoun (who’ll write), Ben Silverman, Bradley Thomas and Kenton Allen. NBC Universal TV Studio, BBC, Reveille and Conundrum Entertainment will produce.

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