Net picks up four comedy, three drama pilots
Fox’s latest round of pilot pickups includes a comedy about a mall cop, a CIA-themed laffer from Ben Stiller and a drama centered on a schizophrenic brain surgeon.The net picked up four comedy pilots and three drama pilots late last week. They join the previously ordered drama “Eva Adams” and comedy “Boldly Going Nowhere” (which will be redeveloped). New comedy greenlights include “Walorsky,” which follows the exploits of an ex-cop who now patrols a shopping mall in Buffalo, N.Y. He’s forced to start caring about his job — and not just Buffalo sports — when he’s partnered with a rookie. Fox actually picked up the laffer prior to this weekend’s boffo B.O. perf by “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka wrote the script, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV and American Work Inc. Exec producers are Ravi Nandan and Scot Armstrong; Gatewood and Tanaka will serve as co-exec producers. Also given an order: “Sons of Tucson,” from scribes Tommy Dewey and Greg Bratman. Comedy revolves around a hustler who’s hired by three young brothers to act as their father. Twentieth Century Fox TV and J2TV are behind the comedy, which will be exec produced by Harvey Myman, Jason Felts and Justin Berfield. Net is also high on Stiller’s “The Station,” written by Kevin Napier. Comedy takes place in a covert CIA office in South America, where the team must install a new dictator. Stiller’s Red Hour Films is producing with 20th Century Fox TV; Stiller will exec produce — and possibly direct — along with Stuart Cornfeld and Jeremy Kramer. Then there’s “Two Dollar Beer,” a blue-collar comedy from Mike Binder. Laffer centers on a Detroit couple and their family and friends, all of whom must adjust to the changing world around them. Binder will exec produce with Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Levin. Twentieth Century Fox TV and 3 Arts Entertainment are behind the half-hour. With these projects, Fox Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly has said the net is looking to improve on its lackluster perf in the live-action comedy arena. More pickups are still to come, the net said. Fox also plans to order a few more drama pilots in addition to the ones it greenlit last week. Those pickups included an untitled reincarnation project from scribe David Hudgins. Drama focuses on investigators who try to resolve their clients’ current woes by solving the mysteries encountered in their previous lives. Hudgins is exec producer, along with Lou Pitt and M.J. Rose; Warner Bros. TV produces. Warner Bros. TV also is behind “Human Target,” a new take on the DC Comics title, along with McG’s Wonderland shingle. “Human Target” revolves around mysterious freelancer Christopher Chance, who takes on a different identity each week to help those in need. Jon Steinberg is writing and exec producing; McG is also an exec producer. Also officially set for a pilot at Fox is “Maggie Hill,” the medical drama from Ian Biederman and Imagine TV. Biederman, David Nevins and Brian Grazer are exec producers on the project, about a female surgeon who manages to work around her schizophrenia thanks to modern medicine.