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ABC orders string of pilots

Multicam comedies, historically set dramas top list

The pace of pilot pickups is heating up as nets narrow their choices for fall development.

On Tuesday, ABC ordered four projects — two half-hour multi-cam comedy pilots from Warner Bros. TV, and two period dramas, “Pan Am” and “Poe.”

NBC ordered a drama from Stephen Gaghan while Fox picked up two single-camera comedies.

ABC’s laffer “Work It” comes from “Friends” alums Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. It recalls 1980s ABC sitcom “Bosom Buddies” in putting men in women’s clothing to help them get back on their economic feet.

The leads will be two out-of-work car salesmen — both husbands and fathers — who dress as women by day to get jobs working as pharmaceutical reps. At night, they hang out at their local bar, where they can be themselves.

Reich and Cohen most recently worked on ABC’s Alyssa Milano starrer “Romantically Challenged.”

The other comedy is “Lost and Found,” which comes from actress Marisa Coughlan and centers on a New York bartender and party girl who has her life upended when the son she gave up for adoption finds his way into her life 18 years later; he’s a conservative.

“Pan Am,” set in the 1960s in the glamour era of flying, had already received a pilot commitment, so movement on that project was expected.

Series comes from Sony Pictures TV, with Jack Orman (“ER”) writing and Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”) directing. Both will exec produce along with Nancy Holt Ganis; Sid Ganis will co-exec produce.

ABC ordered another drama set in the past in “Poe,” an hourlong from exec producer Dan Lin and writer-supervising producer Chris Hollier (“Kyle XY”) via Warner Bros.

“Poe” takes its audience back to 1840s Boston, where Edgar Allan Poe works as a detective using unusual methods.

NBC’s “S.I.L.A.” (Special Investigations Los Angeles) comes from Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are exec producing with Gaghan, who is writing and directing the pilot.

The drama is said to resemble Gaghan’s script for “Traffic” in depicting a complex web of crime, police work and politics.

Fox’s “Council of Dads,” from Sony Pictures TV, is exec produced by Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer. The concept revolves around a man who finds out that he’s dying, so he enlists five men from various aspects of his life to assist his wife in raising his two children.

“Family Album,” from 20th Century Fox TV, is about a larger-than-life dad who tries to take his family on the perfect vacation. It’s penned by comedy vets Joe Port and Joe Wiseman.

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