Pilot lights ignited

Bruckheimer shows among net pickups

The WB and NBC kicked off the new year with a trio of pilot greenlights, including two for Jerry Bruckheimer.

Frog has officially greenlit its untitled hour from Bruckheimer Television and scribe-exec producer Jonathan Shapiro (“The Practice”). Project revolves around the unlikely pairing of a crusty fortysomething lawyer and an 18-year-old prodigy just out of law school.

Shapiro based the concept on the experiences of his own brother, a hotshot lawyer who got a big break from an older attorney. Shapiro, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are on board as exec producers of the Warner Bros. TV project, which received a put pilot commitment from new Frog entertainment topper David Janollari last summer (Daily Variety, Aug. 31).

Frog also gave a put pilot commitment last summer to a half-hour comedy from Bruckheimer. That project is awaiting a formal pickup.

WBTV, Bruckheimer and Littman are also exec producing “E-Ring” for NBC. Defense-themed drama, from David McKenna and Ken Robinson, was set up as a put pilot at NBC in the fall.

Also given a cast-contingent pilot order from the Peacock: “Loved Ones,” a half-hour comedy about three siblings from a close-knit family whose lives didn’t turn out quite the way they had imagined.

Bob Greenstein (“Will & Grace,” “Friends”) and Bob Kushell (“3rd Rock From the Sun,” “The Simpsons”) are writing and exec producing the NBC U Television Studio-produced project. Both scribes have overall deals at NUTS.