Pilot pick-up frenzy; 'Past Life' gets Fox sked boost
Fox, NBC and ABC went on a Friday frenzy, picking up several more pilots.Fox greenlighted the procedural drama “Breakout Kings,” the laffer “Most Likely to Succeed,” and the comedy “Traffic Light,” while ABC’s latest pilot is the drama “Edgar Floats.” At NBC, the network added the offbeat family comedies “This Little Piggy” and “Nathan vs. Nurture.” Separately, Fox also announced that new mystery series “Past Life” will get a nice primetime boost — airing on Tuesday, Feb. 9 behind “American Idol.” “Breakout Kings” is a procedural about marshals who pair up with ex-cons to find criminals who have broken out of prison. Show comes from Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora, who know a thing or two about prison breaks — having been on “Prison Break.” Olmstead and Santora, whose credits also include “Lie to Me,” will serve as writers/exec producers. Also attached is Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), who will direct. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Also at Fox, “Most Likely to Succeed” centers on a group of friends who were superstars growing up and are now dealing with the reality of adulthood. Dave Walpert (“Scrubs”) is exec producing the comedy, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. Imagine’s David Nevins and Brian Grazer are also EPs. Then there’s “Traffic Light,” which is based on an Israeli TV format. Project, adapted for U.S. auds by scribe Bob Fisher, centers on three male friends in different stages of relationships. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Fisher will exec produce, along with Avi Nir, Ran Telem, Adir Miller and Elad Kuperman. Miller created the Israeli series, which has scored the highest sitcom ratings in that country’s history. Over at ABC, “Edgar Floats” comes from Rand Ravich and Far Shariat, who were previously behind NBC’s “Life.” “Edgar Floats” centers on the world of a police psychologist who becomes a bounty hunter. Warner Bros. TV is the studio. Peacock’s pilot stable now includes “This Little Piggy,” from “Scrubs” scribes Stephen Cragg and Brian Bradley. Laffer centers on a married man whose family life is upended when his siblings move in. Cragg and Bradley are EPs on the comedy, which comes from ABC Studios. Also, NBC greenlighted “Nathan vs. Nurture,” from Moses Port and David Guarascio (“Aliens in America”). Comedy follows Griffin Birk, a heart surgeon who reunites with his birth father and slacker brothers, 35 years after being given up for adoption. Sony Pictures TV is behind the sitcom. As for “Past Life,” the show will now benefit by Fox’s and Mark Burnett’s decision to yank “Our Little Genius” from airing. With that Tuesday, post- “Idol” slot open, Fox has opted to give “Past Life” a preview on Feb. 9. The show then moves to its regular Thursday 9 p.m. slot later that week, on Feb. 11. Fox had originally planned to launch “Past Life” with a two-hour episode on Feb. 11. With that first hour now moving to Tuesday, the net will air a repeat “Bones” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 instead. The Richard Schiff starrer, from David Hudgins and Lou Pitt, is based on MJ Rose’s novel “The Reincarnationist,” about investigators who study past lives to solve crimes. Fox said it’s still mulling what to air in the Tuesday 9 p.m. slot on Feb. 16 and March 9. Two-hour “Idol” episodes will air on other weeks. “Past Life” will also get several more “Idol” boosts, as special editions of the talent competish are set to expand to Thursdays for a few weeks in February and March.