Comedies, dramas get networks' go-ahead
ABC continues to load up on comedy pilots, giving greenlights to six more projects Wednesday. CBS, meanwhile, added three more drama projects, from scribes Shawn Ryan, Pam Veasey and Margaret Nagle, to its roster.ABC gave the official go-ahead to a “Cougar Town,” a laffer from “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel. Project, from ABC Studios, stars Courteney Cox as a fortysomething mom with a 17-year-old son. Alphabet’s untitled Kelsey Grammer comedy, from Warner Bros. TV and Tom Werner’s Good Humor TV, is also a go. Comedy penned by “Everybody Loves Raymond” scribe Tucker Cawley stars Grammer as a former Wall Street hotshot who’s forced to reconnect with his family after losing his job. Cedric the Entertainer will star and has co-written the script with Bob Fisher for a half-hour from DreamWorks TV and ABC Studios about reserve police officers for the LAPD. Charles Segars is also exec producing. “Canned” is a multicamera ensembler from Brillstein Entertainment Partners and ABC Studios about a group of friends who all get fired on the same day. Kevin Etten penned the script and will exec produce with Brillstein’s Peter Traugott. The Sony Pictures TV-based Tantamount shingle run by Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum has been given a presentation order for an untitled parenting-themed laffer at ABC to star Anita Renfro. Script was written by Rob Hanning and Amy Welsh, who will exec produce with Hurwitz and the Tannenbaums. Sony Pictures TV has also received a presentation order from ABC for a comedy from scribe Gaby Allan based on the book “Slummy Mummy” by Fiona Neill. Project revolves around a disaster-prone woman who balances raising three kids with trying to reclaim who she was before she became a wife and mother. Allan will exec produce the presentation along with Jamie Tarses, whose Fanfare shingle is based at Sony. At CBS, 20th Century Fox TV’s “Confessions of a Contractor” is a provocative look at life in L.A. through the eyes of a successful contractor. Ryan is exec producing the script by Richard Murphy, who is also the author of the novel of the same name. Veasey, longtime showrunner on CBS’ “CSI: NY,” is at the helm of “I Witness,” about a gumshoe professor who uses her physiological skills to solve crimes. Veasey co-wrote the script with Trey Callaway, who will also exec produce. Nagle is the writer and exec producer of the Warner Bros. TV medical drama centering on a complicated family of doctors.