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Eye, Peacock pack in more dramas

Fox picks skeins from Berman, Jablonski and Katims

Networks raced to squeeze in several more drama pilots Wednesday, while NBC picked up one new laffer project, ABC has two more sitcoms and Tom Everett Scott has joined the cast of Fox’s Pamela Anderson sitcom.

CBS got busy and ordered four more dramas, including entries from David Mamet and Shawn Ryan; Jeff Davis and Mark Gordon; John Gray, Ian Sander and Kim Moses; and David Diamond, David Weissman and Brett Ratner.

Fox, meanwhile, has a drama from Josh Berman, as well as one from Sean Jablonski and Jason Katims. NBC ordered a sitcom from Jhoni Marchinko, and ABC is in business with a laffer pilot from Suzanne Martin and another one based on the novel “Emily’s Reasons Why Not.”

Marchinko (“Will & Grace”) will exec produce “Blue Skies” for the Peacock. Sitcom pilot revolves around a 27-year-old who finds herself the “reluctant enabler” to her eccentric family. Cast-contingent pilot comes from NBC Universal TV Studios.

The Alphabet net ordered Martin’s comedy pilot “Hot Properties,” which follows four women who run a real estate office in New York. Martin (“Maybe It’s Me”) will exec produce for Warner Bros. TV.

Also at the net, Sony Pictures TV and Gavin Polone’s Pariah shingle will adapt “Emily’s Reasons Why Not” off the Carrie Gerlach book of the same name. Sitcom revolves around a woman who publishes a self-help book but doesn’t take her own advice.

Emily Kapnek and Gavin Polone will exec produce, while Pariah’s Vivian Cannon is also on board the project, which is contingent on finding a showrunner.

At CBS, Gordon (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will exec produce, while Davis will write/co-exec produce “Quantico,” a suspense thriller set inside the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit. Touchstone is producing.

Eye has also greenlit an untitled drama (known in some circles as “The Ghost Whisperer”) from Gray (“Helter Skelter”) and the team of Sander and Moses (“Profiler”). It’s inspired by the work of psychic James Van Praagh.

Van Praagh will co-exec produce the cast-contingent pilot, which focuses on a young newlywed who talks to the dead, while Gray will write and direct, as well as exec produce (with Sander and Moses).

CBS has an ongoing relationship with Van Praagh, whose book “Living With the Dead” was turned into a boffo 2002 mini for the net. Eye also aired an adaptation of the author’s “The Dead Can Tell,” with Anne Heche in the lead, last October.

Then there’s the drama from Ratner and scribes Diamond and Weissman (“The Family Man”). Pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount Network TV, revolves around the lives of a sports agent and his wife, a magazine editor, as they juggle parenthood.

Finally, CBS has officially said yes to Mamet (“The Spanish Prisoner”) and Ryan (“The Shield”), who are teaming up on 20th Century Fox TV drama “The Unit.” Project follows the lives of special ops agents at work and at home (Daily Variety, Aug. 24). Mamet will write, while both will exec produce.

Mamet and Ryan first hooked up when Mamet directed an episode of “The Shield” earlier this season.

As for Fox, net has picked up an untitled drama from Jablonski (“Nip/Tuck”) and Katims (“Roswell”) following the staff of a fertility clinic.

Jablonski and Katims will write and exec produce for 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. Imagine’s David Nevins and Brian Grazer will also exec produce.

Net also greenlit “Deviant Behavior,” a one-hour procedural from Berman (“CSI”) about a team that tracks serial killers. Regency TV is the studio; Berman will write and exec produce.

On the casting front, Scott (“That Thing You Do”) will play a bookstore owner who hires Pamela Anderson’s character in her laffer pilot “Stacked.”

Also Wednesday, helmer Stephen Kay (“Boogeyman”) has been hired to direct CBS drama “The Commuters.”

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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