CBS OK's trio of drama pilots
CBS greenlit a trio of drama pilots Thursday, while ABC said yes to two more comedies — including one starring Lauren Graham.Eye’s pickups include a legal drama, a show set in the FBI and a mystery about a missing man. “Back,” from Storyline Entertainment, centers on a man who disappeared in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — but who suddenly shows up, eight years later. Project follows the man as he reconnects with his family and adjusts to a world that has dramatically changed. Dean Widenmann (“Bones,” “CSI: Miami”) wrote the project and will serve as supervising producer, while Storyline’s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron exec produce. Eye also picked up the pilot “Washington Field,” from exec producer Ed Bernero (“Criminal Minds”) and scribes Jim Clemente and Tim Clemente. Hourlong centers on the Washington field office of the FBI, where an elite team of agents is called in to handle critical cases. Bernero is also behind the Eye adaptation of “Hawaii Five-O.” CBS additionally picked up an untitled pilot from Frank Military (“The Unit”) that involves a team of federal prosecutors in Manhattan’s U.S. Attorney’s office. CBS Paramount Network TV is behind all three pilots. Meanwhile, at ABC, Tad Quill (“Scrubs”) is the writer-exec producer behind “The New Twenty,” which earned a pilot order. Project, from ABC Studios, follows two friends in their 40s who are at different stages in life: One has a newborn child, while the other has a kid heading into college. Then there’s the Graham project, “Let It Go.” The “Gilmore Girls” alum stars as a female talkshow host who is dumped by her boyfriend — and isn’t able to follow her own advice of “letting things go.” Alex Herschlag is the writer-exec producer, while Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum are the exec producers. “Let It Go” comes from Sony Pictures TV and Tantamount. It’s been a good pilot season for Tantamount, which also has the pilots “Lost in the ’80s” and “Absolutely Fabulous” in the works, with several more still in contention for pickup.