NBC, looking to quickly fill the 10 p.m. timeslot now made available with the departure of “The Jay Leno Show,” has greenlit a handful of pilots that will be contenders for the 2010-11 season.
Peacock is returning to the David E. Kelley business. Prolific writer-producer, who teamed with the network on “L.A. Law” in the late 1980s and early ’90s, is returning to the legal fold with “Kindreds.” Skein follows an ex-patent lawyer and his associates who form a new law practice. Warner Bros. Television produces with David E. Kelly Prods.
Jerry Bruckheimer, who currently has eight shows on the air and has been a huge profit center for CBS with a slew of procedurals, brings another one to NBC with “Chase.” Skein highlight a group of U.S. marshals who patrol the Southwest. Warner Bros Television produces with Jerry Bruckheimer Prods.
“The Event” goes the sci-fi route as the everyman lead character uncovers mysterious circumstances that are part of a larger mystery. Universal Media Studios produces. Steve Stark is exec producer.
Peacock also announced J.J. Abrams will direct the pilot episode of “Undercovers,” which has been generating heat at the net since NBC attached itself to the project. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Josh Reims will exec produce series about a husband-wife CIA team. Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Prods. produce.
David Shore (“House”) and Steve Carell are exec producing a remake of the classic 1970s detective series “The Rockford Files.”
No actor has been yet cast in the lead role. Universal Media Studios and Carousel Prods. produces.
An ITV staple across the Pond, “Prime Suspect” — about a female detective played in the U.K. by Helen Mirren — will receive a Stateside treatment. Hank Steinberg (“Without a Trace”) and Erwin Stoff exec produce.
And going back to a franchise that has filled thousands of hours of primetime, net is in development for a fourth incarnation of the Dick Wolf tentpole with “L&O: Los Angeles.”
On the comedy front, “Sex and the City” scribe Cindy Chupack, Timothy Bevan, Eric Fellner (“Love Actually”) and Shelley McCrory are exec producing hourlong romantic comedy “Love Bites.” Universal Media Studio and Working Title produce.
Adam Carolla, a longtime radio personality and who also appeared on television in Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” is set to star in a laffer about a divorced husband who looks to rebuild his life as a contractor.
NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad said the network would probably run a mix of reality programs, newsmagazine “Dateline” and repeats of dramas in the 10 p.m. slot following the cancellation of “The Jay Leno Show,” which will end Feb. 11.