The networks are tapping the weak economy to conjure their own ratings stimulus.

Several of next season’s series hopefuls revolve around characters who have been hit by the recession — while several more take on the nation’s widening gap between haves and have nots.

That’s just one of several trends emerging from this year’s surprisingly hefty crop of pilot orders.

Read more about how the economic crisis is affecting trends this pilot season


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Drama

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DIRECTOR

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CAST

A Marriage

NOT PICKED UP

None
Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick   
Marshall Herskovitz
The anatomy of a a couple’s marriage
n/a
Back

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Dean Widenmann, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron
Mark Pellington

Missing after 9/11, man mysteriously comes home eight years later

n/a

The Bridge

PICKED UP

CTV/CBS TV Studios

Craig Bromell, Adam J. Shully, Laszlo Barna, Alan Di Fiore, Robert Wertheimer

Writer: Alan Di Fiore

Alan Di Fiore

Police union boss battles criminals on the street and corruption in his own ranks.

Aaron Douglas, Paul Popowich, Frank Cassini, Inga Cadranel, Theresa Joy, Michael Murphy, Ona Grauer

The Good Wife

PICKED UP

CBS TV Studios
Robert King, Michelle King, Dee Johnson, Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, David Zucker
Robert King, Michelle King

A wife and other returns to her original career as a defense attorney after a sex and corruption scandal lands her politician husband in jail

Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega

Eastmans

NOT PICKED UP

Warner Bros
Margaret Nagle
n/a
Medical drama about a complicated family of doctors
n/a
House Rules

NOT PICKED UP

ABC Studios
Michael Seitzman, Mark Gordon, Deb Spera
Dan Minahan
Freshman class of Congressmen/women in D.C.
n/a
I Witness

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Pam Veasey, Trey Callaway
n/a
Detective/prof uses psycho-physiological skills to solve crimes
n/a
Miami Trauma

PICKED UP

Warner Bros.
Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jeffrey Lieber
Ken Fink
Miami-set medical show about dedicated team of trauma surgeons
A team of expert surgeons work at one of the premier trauma centers in the country
Three Rivers

PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Carol Barbee, Curtis Hanson, Carol Fenelon, Ted Gold
n/a 

Organ transplants, told from the POV of the doctor, recipient and donor

Alex O’Loughlin, Katherine Moenning, Daniel Henney, Christopher J. Hanke, Julia Ormond, Justina Machado

NCIS: Los Angeles

PICKED UP

CBS TV Studios
Shane Brennan
Shane Brennan
Special agents work in the NCIS’ undercover unit to fight national security threats
Cool J, Chris O’Donnell, Louise Lombard, Daniela Ruah, Peter Cambor
U.S. Attorney

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Frank Military
Mimi Leder
Federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan
n/a
Washington Field

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Ed Bernero, Jim Clemente, Tim Clemente
Jon Cassar
Elite Washington Field office of the FBI that protects national interests
n/a
Comedy

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Accidentally on Purpose

PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Claudia Lonow, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun
Pam Fryman

SF movie critic accidentally gets pregnant by a much younger man

Jenna Elfman, Jon Foster, Grant Show, Ashley Jensen, Lennon Parham, Nicolas Wright
Ace in the Hole

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Adam Carolla, Kevin Hench, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Daniel Kellison, Jimmy Kimmel
n/a
Adam Carolla plays a husband and father who works as a driving instructor.
n/a
At Last

NOT PICKED UP

Warner Bros.
Andy Ackerman
Thirtysomething couple decide to get married but has baggage; multi-cam
n/a
Big D

NOT PICKED UP

Warner Bros.
Jeff and Jackie Filgo
Andy Ackerman

NYC couple moves to his hometown of Dallas

n/a
Good Girls

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer, Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg, Karey Burke
n/a

Female buddy comedy about two childhood friends; multi-cam

n/a
The Fish Tank

NOT PICKED UP

Sony
Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith      
n/a

Teenager gets the house to himself five days a week; hybrid-cam

n/a
Happiness Isn’t Everything

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
James Vallely, Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum
n/a

Jason Biggs stars in dysfunctional family comedy about adult siblings; hybrid-cam

n/a
The Karensky’s

NOT PICKED UP

Universal
Linwood Boomer, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
Pam Fryman 
Daughter and son-in-law return to fold of big, eccentric family
n/a
Tick Tock

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount
Bill Kunstler
n/a

Thirtysomething single mother focuses her attention on finding true love

n/a
Waiting to Die

NOT PICKED UP

CBS Paramount, Sony
Mitch Hurwitz, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum; Will Sasson, Chad Kultgen, co-eps
n/a
Two simple guys who are happy with their life – even if it looks bad from the outside
n/a
Alternative

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Arranged Marriage

PICKED UP

Magical Elves
Jane Lipsitz, Dan Cutforth
n/a

Three adults rely on their family and friends to choose someone for them to marry

n/a
Undercover Boss

PICKED UP

Studio Lambert
Stephen Lambert
n/a
Follows high-level corporate executives as they work in low-level jobs within their companies
n/a

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