Berlanti drama pilot a go at CBS
NBC ordered 10 pilots Monday from familiar faces that have solid track records at the network, including Dick Wolf, Jason Katims, Greg Daniels and Jimmy Fallon.CBS also made a drama order from Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters”) and Warner Bros. Television. Only two of Peacock’s pickups were dramas. One could put the network back in business with “Law and Order” impresario Dick Wolf, having ordered the drama pilot “Chicago Fire” from Universal Television and Wolf Films. This action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Dept. NBC also ordered a drama pilot, “County,” from “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” showrunner Jason Katims, with another NBC alum attached on the talent side: former “The Event” lead Jason Ritter. Katims won an Emmy for his work on “Lights.” “County” takes viewers into the lives of a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic, underfunded and morally compromising L.A. County Hospital. “Fire” comes from “3:10 to Yuma” writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt. Exec producers are Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Danielle Gelber. Wolf has a long history with NBC, having had as many as four different series on the network at once. But the only remaining series on the network from his company is “Law and Order: SVU.” Of the eight comedy pilots NBC ordered, one features Roseanne Barr as the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. “Downwardly Mobile” is from 20th Century Fox TV with executive producers Eric Gilliland, John Argent and Barr. Gilliland was executive producer of the original “Roseanne,” a smash hit for ABC during the 1990s. Fallon’s shingle Holiday Road is teaming with Universal TV on an untitled comedy about three 30-something guys enjoying the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves. Fallon executive produces with Amy Ozols and Charlie Grandy. Daniels (“The Office”) will take another crack at adapting a UK format with “Friday Night Dinner,” a single-camera half-hour about a quirky family that has dinner together every Friday night. Howard Klein of Big Talk Television will also executive produce. NBC also ordered “Animal Kingdom,” a single-camera office comedy centered on a “House”-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners. From Universal Television and American Work, the half-hour is executive produced by Brian Gatewood, Alex Tanaka, Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan. Another single-camera production from Universal TV: “Go On,” in which an irreverent yet charming sportscaster tries to move on from a loss and reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group therapy sessions. Executive producer Scott Silveri is also an NBC veteran of “Friends” and its spinoff “Joey”; he most recently cracked the Peacock lineup with the short-lived “Perfect Couples.” Executive producer Stephen Falk and Lionsgate Television are together for “Next Caller Please,” about a single-camera gender comedy focusing on a brash alpha male DJ and his new, plucky, feminist co-host set in the offices of a satellite radio station. Hilary Winston and Jamie Tarses of Fanfare Prods. are teaming with Sony Pictures Television on an untitled single-camera project about a shy, focused woman who leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge after she’s dumped by her fiance. Aaron Kaplan and Dana Klein of Kapital Entertainment are executive producing “Daddy’s Girl,” about a young woman returns home from overseas to find her father is seriously dating the “mean girl” from her high school. For CBS, Berlanti and Nicholas Wootton are producing “Golden Boy,” which tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner. Last week, Berlanti scored a pilot order from the CW for a drama based on the superhero Green Arrow.
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