Networks heat up pilots

Fox, NBC and ABC order a total of six in buying spree

Fox, NBC and ABC have gone on a buying frenzy, picking up six pilots between them.

Fox greenlit 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.”

One of the hot prospects on Fox’s development roster for the past few months has been “Breakout Kings,” an ambitious procedural about federal marshals who pair up with ex-cons to find fugitives who have broken out of prison.

The 20th Century Fox TV drama comes from Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora, who know a thing or two about prison breaks — having spent four years working together on Fox’s “Prison Break.” Olmstead and Santora, whose credits also include “Lie to Me,” are the writer-exec producers. Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) is attached to direct.

Olmstead said the show’s tone is in the vein of “48 Hours,” exploring the odd-couple relationship between cops and criminals. “The idea is that you use a fugitive to catch a fugitive,” Olmstead said.

Although the formal pilot pickup came on Friday, Fox gave the show a premium script order, and execs were high enough on the project to allow Olmstead and Santora to do some prep work on location, scouting and assigning a casting director. The show aims to travel widely, as “Prison Break” did, as the team hunts down their prey.

“We’re going to be all over the place. We’ll be chasing tax breaks” in states with filming incentives, Santora quipped.

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 exec producers.

Then there’s “Traffic Light,” 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. Twentieth 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 exec producers on the comedy, which comes from ABC Studios.

Also, NBC greenlit “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.

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