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Networks on pilot spending spree

Dramas and sitcoms on CBS and Fox's menu

Networks were ordering pilots at a frantic pace Friday, with an eclectic array of exec producers including Conan O’Brien and Robert De Niro in the mix.

O’Brien and Conaco Prods. partner David Kissinger are behind CBS’ multicam comedy “Vince Uncensored,” from creator Phoef Sutton. Pilot, from Warner Bros. TV, examines a man who takes a more honest approach to his work and family after a life-changing experience.

Sutton has experience with both comedy and drama, having recently written for FX’s one-season-and-out “Terriers” as well as “Cheers” in the late 1980s.

Also at the Eye, network topper Nina Tassler gave a greenlight to cop drama “Rookies” from CBS TV Studios. Show revolves around six NYPD newbies struggling to balance their personal lives with the struggles of learning their beat in Manhattan.

De Niro exec produces with Jane Rosenthal through their Tribeca banner.

“Rookies” is from writer Richard Price, who penned several episodes of HBO’s “The Wire” as well as bigscreen pics “Mad Dog and Glory” and “The Color of Money.”

CBS is looking to follow up on “Blue Bloods,” another look at the men and women on the force in Gotham. Show, starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, recently moved to Wednesdays from Fridays and performed well.

Fox has ordered a pair of comedy pilots and a high-octane drama, “Exit Strategy,” from producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

“Exit Strategy” stars Ethan Hawke as a member of a CIA extradition team. Antoine Fuqua is on board to direct and exec produce along with Kurtzman, Orci and Heather Kadin for KO Paper Products and 20th Century Fox TV. Hawke will serve as a producer.

The single-camera laffer “Iceland” comes from writer Andy Bobrow about a woman whose spouse recently died. Sony produces with Bobrow on board as exec producer.

From writers David Guarascio and Moses Port is “Tagged,” a workplace laffer set at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Sony produces with Reveille. Guarascio and Port exec produce with Carolyn Bernstein, Howard Owens and Todd Cohen.

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