CBS picked up three dramas, ABC landed two laffers and a drama while the WB added a sitcom as pilots took flight Thursday.
New ABC laffers include “We Are Family,” about a man and his estranged father, both of whom have babies at the same time. Rob Long and Dan Staley (“Cheers”) are exec producers and writers; Tim Fall (“Men, Women and Dogs”) will also write and co-exec produce.
“We Are Family” comes from Touchstone TV.
Alphabet also picked up the Universal Network TV sitcom “Plan B,” starring comedian-thesp Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”).
Project features Rhea as a thirtysomething who finds herself struggling with career issues, weight gain and troubled romance. Scribes are Josh Sternin and Jeff Ventimilia (Daily Variety, Nov. 14).
Then there’s the untitled drama project from scribe Shonda Rhimes (“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”) that the net has unofficially dubbed “Sex and the Surgery.”
Greenlit pilot follows the professional and personal lives of residents in surgical training at a San Francisco hospital. Rhimes, whose credits include the upcoming “Princess Diaries 2,” will write and exec produce. Mark Gordon (who also has the pilot “HUB” at NBC) will exec produce as well.
‘Dr.’ in the house
Meanwhile, CBS has ordered the pilot “Dr. Vegas,” an hourlong drama that follows the exploits of an inhouse doctor at a Las Vegas casino (Daily Variety, Nov. 26).
Helmer-scribe John Herzfeld (“15 Minutes”) will exec produce, write and direct the pilot; Lawrence Bender (“Kill Bill Vol. 1”), Mark Sennett (“K Street”) and Kevin Brown (“Roswell”) will also exec produce. Eye had previously made a premium script commitment to the project, which comes from Warner Bros. TV, CBS Prods. and Bender-Brown.
Also from Warner Bros. TV comes the Eye drama pilot “Sudbury,” exec produced by Sandra Bullock, Denise Di Novi and scribe Becky Hartman-Edwards (“American Dreams”).
Hourlong drama will revolve around two sisters who struggle with the blessing and curse of harboring magical abilities (Daily Variety, Sept. 17).
On the trail
Eye also ordered the hour drama “Wanted,” a suspense thriller set in the fugitive department of the Los Angeles Police Dept.
Warner Bros. TV, CBS Prods. and Sarah Timberman’s 25C Prods. are behind the show, which will be written and exec produced by feature scribe Cynthia Cidre (Daily Variety, Sept. 12).
Timberman and Carl Beverly will also exec produce, along with Thomas Carter (“Save the Last Dance”). Script is based on an idea by Robert Crais.
Timberman and 25C also have the pilot “The Webster Report” at CBS. Eye had made a three-for-one pilot production commitment with 25C last fall.
All three CBS drama pilot pickups are cast contingent.
Over at the WB, Frog net has officially ordered “Survivor” exec producer Mark Burnett’s sitcom based on his past life as a military commando-turned-nanny.
Untitled project, formerly known as “Commando Nanny,” had already been given a put pilot commitment (Daily Variety, Oct. 21). Warner Bros. TV is producing the sitcom, which will be written and exec produced by Dave Flebotte. Burnett is an executive producer as well, while Conrad Riggs is co-exec producer.