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Comedy and family-themed pilots amuse ABC, CBS

ABC wants Arianna Huffington laffer

CBS gave the greenlight Monday to two relationship/family comedy pilots, while ABC handed out orders to a pilot about a family with superpowers and to a comedy produced in part by Arianna Huffington.

At the Eye, the pickups went to laffers from Josh Schwartz and Tad Quill.

“Hitched,” from Schwartz and fellow scribe Matt Miller, centers on a newlywed twentysomething couple who are still getting to know each other. Schwartz and Miller are exec producers on the multicam comedy, which comes from Warner Bros. TV.

As for the untitled Quill comedy, that multicam project centers on a widower who must raise his 12-year-old son while also getting back into the dating world. CBS TV Studios is behind the Quill sitcom.

Over at ABC, the net gave an order to “No Ordinary Family,” penned by Jon Feldman and Greg Berlanti.

Drama centers on a regular American family that suddenly finds itself with new superabilities. Berlanti and Feldman are exec producing with Morgan Wandell. ABC Studios produces.

Also on Monday, Fox picked up the legal drama pilot “Pleading Guilty” — which reps the first greenlight for Peter Chernin’s new production company.

Also at the Alphabet, “Freshman” comes from exec producer Greg Malins as well as fellow exec producer Huffington.

“Freshmen” revolves around a group of three newly elected members of Congress — two men and one woman — who wind up sharing an apartment in Washington. Multicamera half-hour comes from 20th Century Fox TV.

Malins brought Huffington, as well as Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff, onboard after meeting with the duo to getsome advice on how to create the show.

As for Fox’s “Pleading Guilty,” legal drama is based on the novel by Scott Turow.

Chernin’s TV division, run by Katherine Pope, has several more projects still in contention at Fox (as well as CBS). Chernin has several production commitments from Fox, which “Pleading Guilty” would fall under.

Jon Avnet is directing the pilot for “Pleading Guilty” and will exec produce. Jason Tracey, who wrote the script, is onboard as a co-exec producer.

Chernin and Pope are exec producers as well.

“Pleading Guilty” centers on an ex-cop-turned-lawyer who is charged with figuring out what happened to his law firm’s star litigator — as well as the millions of dollars that were tied to a class- action lawsuit against the firm’s biggest client.

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