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

Read more on pilot season

Read more about the 2009 Upfronts.

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Day One PICKED UP
Universal
Jesse Alexander
Alex Graves

After a global catastrophe, a group rebuilds their community

Legally Mad NOT PICKED UP
Warner Bros.
David E. Kelley
Kenny Ortega

Eccentric personalities in a tumultuous law firm; Kristin Chenoweth stars

Lost & Found NOT PICKED UP
Universal
Chris Levinson, Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski, Nena Rodrigue
Michael Engler
Katee Sackoff stars as a cop demoted to the LAPD’s John Doe division
Mercy PICKED UP
Universal
Aaron Harberts, Gretchen Berg, Elizabeth Heldens, Lloyd Braun, Gail Berman
Adam Bernstein
Nurses juggle their personal and professional lives
Parenthood PICKED UP
Universal
Jason Katims, Brian Grazer, David Nevins
Thomas Schlamme
Based on the 1989 feature film about a large family
Trauma PICKED UP
Universal
Dario Scardapane, Peter Berg, Jeff Reiner
Jeff Reiner 
First-response paramedics in San Francisco
Comedy

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100 Questions for Charlotte Payne PICKED UP
Universal
Chris Moynihan, Kelly Kulchak, Ron West, Michelle Nader
James Burrows
Young woman navigating life and dating in NYC; multi-cam
Community PICKED UP
Sony
Dan Harmon, Russ Krasnoff, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Gary Foster, Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman
Anthony & Joe Russo
Thirtysomething guy enrolls in community college; single-cam
Off Duty
Universal
Scot Armstrong, Ravi Nandan, Jason Mantzoukas
Adam Bernstein
Bradley Whitford stars in this buddy comedy about cops; single-cam
State of Romance NOT PICKED UP
Universal
Barbara Wallace, Tom Wolfe
n/a
Romatic comedy in vein of “Pride & Prejudice”; single-cam
Untitled Justin Adler Project NOT PICKED UP
Sony
Justin Adler, Mitch Hurwitz, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum
n/a
Family is led by a beautiful but strong and controlling woman; multi-cam

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