Matthew Broderick is coming to TV, signing on to star in a sitcom for NBC from Lorne Michaels and scribe Paul Simms.Also Monday, laffer “It Takes a Village” earned a pilot pickup at ABC; CBS gave pilot orders to dramas “Reagan’s Law” and a project from John Wells; and NBC picked up the romantic comedy pilot “Perfect Couples.” At the Peacock, “Beach Lane” stars Broderick as a celebrity author brought in by an irresponsible millionaire to run his struggling small-town Hamptons newspaper. Simms (“NewsRadio”) wrote the script and will exec produce, along with Michaels and Marci Klein. “Beach Lane” would rep the first TV series for Broderick, who until now has focused most of his smallscreen work on longforms (“The Music Man”) or guest spots — including one for Michaels’ “30 Rock.” He also appears in NBC’s upcoming reality entry “Who Do You Think You Are.” Broderick has also narrated several TV programs through the years. In features, he’ll next be seen in “Wonderful World.” NBC’s other comedy pilot order went to writers Jon Pollack (“30 Rock”) and Scott Silveri (“Friends”), who have centered “Perfect Couples” around three couples at various stages of their relationship. Pollack and Silveri are exec producers. Universal Media Studios is behind both “Beach Lane” and “Perfect Couples.” At ABC, “Village” revolves around two exes — one of whom is a gay father — who have moved on with new significant others. But in the show’s twist, all four come together to raise the ex-couple’s 15-year-old son. ABC Studios is behind “Village,” which comes from writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor (“Greek”). Johnson and Windsor will exec produce along with Mark Gordon (whose Mark Gordon Co. is also a producer) and Deborah Spera. As for “Reagan’s Law,” the drama centers on a family of New York-based cops. Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green (“The Sopranos”) are writing and exec producing. Also attached is Leonard Goldberg, who is also exec producer. CBS TV Studios is behind the hourlong. Then there’s the Wells project, which was written by Hannah Shakespeare (“The Philanthropist”) and follows a medical team that travels around the country to treat the less fortunate. Wells is an exec producer on the new project, while Shakespeare will co-exec produce. Warner Bros. TV is producing, along with John Wells Prods.
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