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

Drama

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LOGLINE

Eva AdamsNOT PICKED UP
Sony
Kevin Falls, Jamie Tarses, Mark Waters
Mark Waters

Sexist sports agent wakes up and discovers that he’s now a woman

Human Target PICKED UP
Warner Bros.
Jon Steinberg, McG, Peter Johnson
Simon West

Based on DC Comics title, Mark Valley assumes the identity of people in peril

MasterworkNOT PICKED UP
20th Century Fox
Paul Scheuring, Matthew Fiorello, Zack Estrin
Jeff Nachmanoff
FBI agent and British MI-5 get embroiled in large conspiracy
Untitled Ian Biederman Project
NOT PICKED UP
20th Century Fox
Ian Biederman, Stephen Hopkins, David Nevins, Brian Grazer
Stephen Hopkins
Famous heart surgeon battles schizophrenia
Past Life (aka Untitled Reincarnation Project)
PICKED UP
Warner Bros.
David Hudgins, Lou Pitt, M.J. Rose
Deran Sarafian
Past-life investigators use reincarnation to solve mysteries
Comedy

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Ab Fab
NOT PICKED UP
Sony
Christine Zander, Ian Moffitt, Jennifer Saunders, Mitch Hurwitz, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum
James Burrows
Based on the BBC hit; Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Johnston star;
Brothers

PICKED UP

Sony
Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Mitch Hurwitz, Don Reo
n/a
Wealthy retired NFL player leaves the high life in New York City to help out his family in Houston.
Glee
PICKED UP
20th Century Fox
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto
n/a

Tuner dramedy follows an optimistic high school teacher as he and a group of underdogs try to reinvent the school’s glee club.

Sons of Tucson PICKED UP
20th Century Fox
Harvey Myman, Jason Felts, Justin Berfield, Todd Holland; Tommy Dewey, Greg Bratman (writers)
Todd Holland

Hustler hired by three brothers to pose as their dad; single-cam

The Station
NOT PICKED UP
20th Century Fox
Kevin Napier, Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Jeffrey Kramer
Ben Stiller

CIA op and co-workers must install new dictator in South America; single-cam

Two Dollar Beer
NOT PICKED UP

20th Century Fox
Mike Binder, Michael Rotenberg, Jonathan Levin
Mike Binder

Blue-collar couple and friends in Detroit adjust to their realities; single-cam

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