TV pilot season takes off

ABC, Fox and NBC pickup shows; CBS mulls over a drama

Pilot season is picking up speed. ABC greenlit two dramas and one comedy project Monday, Fox and NBC picked up a comedies and CBS is circling a drama.

ABC’s pickups include a project from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland banner and ABC Studios. “Off the Map” revolves around three doctors who work in a medical clinic in a tropical setting. Jenna Bans penned the pilot and will exec produce with Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

“Body of Evidence,” from ABC Studios, is a procedural revolving around a femme medical examiner. Chris Murphey wrote the pilot and exec produces with Matt Gross.

The Alphabet’s comedy order went to a single-camera project, “Happy Endings,” from scribe Dave Caspe and Sony Pictures TV. Project centers on a group of friends that is disrupted when two of them decide to break up. Jamie Tarses exec produces.

Fox has greenlighted a 20th Century Fox TV pilot penned by Ajay Sahgal revolving around two brothers from a traditional Indian background. One defies his family’s expectations by dating a Caucasian woman, while the other agrees to enter an arranged marriage. Fox entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly developed similar project with Sahgal in 2004 when he was at NBC.

NBC ordered laffer “The Strip” from Universal Media Studios and “Reno 911” duo of Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The multicamera project revolves around a former child star who owns a Hooters-type restaurant in a strip mall on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Lennon plays the lead and Garant has a supporting role. The duo exec produce along with Peter Principato and Paul Young.

CBS is eyeing a project from WBTV and Joel Silver. “The Odds,” penned by Jeff Wadlow, focuses on buddy cops in Las Vegas.

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