Fox also gives go to Imagine's I.R.S. comedy
Amy Sherman-Palladino. And ABC said yes to a family comedy pilot from Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, while Fox picked up a comedy pilot from Imagine TV about the I.R.S. With its titled shortened to just “Nikita,” the new take follows what happens when the original Nikita goes rogue — and a replacement is brought in. Craig Silverstein is writing and exec producing “Nikita,” which comes from Warner Bros. TV and McG’s Wonderland label. McG and Wonderland’s Peter Johnson are exec producing. Danny Cannon, who directed the “CSI” and “CSI: New York” pilots, is on board to helm “Nikita.” “Nikita” began as a 1990 French film by Luc Besson, and was later remade in the U.S. as the 1993 feature “Point of No Return.” The movie was then adapted in 1997 for the U.S./Canadian co-production “La Femme Nikita,” adapted for TV by Joel Surnow and starring Peta Wilson. USA Network ran the show for five seasons, from 1997 to 2001. Also at CW, Sherman-Palladino’s untitled Wyoming project, which she’s writing and exec producing with husband Dan Palladino, is a family sudser set on a horse farm. Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios are co-producing. As for the ABC laffer, Port and Wiseman wrote the pilot and are exec producing. Show centers on adult siblings who are rocked by their parents’ divorce. ABC Studios is behind the multi-camera laffer. Then there’s “I.R.S.,” from scribe Brent Forrester. The single-camera comedy is considered a pet project for Imagine’s Ron Howard, who exec producing along with Forrester and Imagine’s Brian Grazer and David Nevins. “I.R.S.” centers on an Internal Revenue Service agent and his co-workers. 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV produce the comedy, which received a rich put pilot commitment from the net last fall.