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Upfronts: CBS digs “The Ex List”

ExlistWord is that CBS has just made it official on its hot drama pilot “The Ex List” (fka “Mythological Ex”), from 20th Century Fox TV and scribe Diane Ruggiero.

Series is based on an Israeli series about a woman who’s told by a tarot card reader that she needs to get married by year’s end, and that the man of her dreams is someone she’s already known in her life, which of course sends her on a journey through her past. Buzz is that CBS supremo Leslie Moonves in particular sparked to the pilot — it’s believed to be the one he was talking up to investors as his favorite on CBS’ earnings conference call earlier this month.

U.S. rendition stars Elizabeth Reaser (pictured in center), Rachel Boston, Alexandra Breckeridge and Adam Rothenberg. Timothy Busfield helmed the pilot. Ruggiero and Jonathan Levin are exec producers.

Meanwhile, the other no-brainers dramas pilots picked up by CBS are Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Eleventh Hour” (which is said to have formally been picked up a week or so ago but kept under wraps so as to not bruise any other egos)l Simon Baker starrer “The Mentalist,” both from Warner Bros. TV. Also ordered is “Harper’s Island,” a murder mystery from CBS Paramount Network TV and Jon Turteltaub’s Junction Entertainment (the one-time home of “Jericho”).

There’s chatter that the “X-Files”-esque “Eleventh Hour” could be bound for the post “CSI” berth on Thursdays.

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