×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

More TV

  • '4 Blocks' Greenlit For Third Season;

    Turner Greenlights Final Season of '4 Blocks;' Amazon Prime to Stream Season Two

    Turner International has ordered the third and final season of the hit German gangster series “4 Blocks” which world premiered at Berlin Film Festival last year and went on to win multiple awards. The third season will comprise six episodes and will be directed by Özgür Yıldırım, who had co-helmed season two with Oliver Hirschbiegel. [...]

  • Mika Brzezinski

    'Morning Joe's' Mika Brzezinski Apologizes On Air for Using Gay Slur

    “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski apologized on Friday morning for using a gay slur to describe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The MSNBC anchor was criticized heavily on social media platforms and by President Donald Trump after she mused during Wednesday’s broadcast that Pompeo wanted to be a “wannabe dictator’s butt boy.” Brzezinski’s comments were [...]

  • Nancy Wilson

    Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer and TV Personality, Dies at 81

    Nancy Wilson, one of the most revered jazz singers of the 20th century, has died, her manager told the Associated Press. She was 81. The singer passed away at her home in Pioneertown, a small California community north of Palm Springs, after a long illness, according to manager Devra Hall. Wilson’s three Grammy awards spanned a [...]

  • Emmys 2019 Rule Change Defines TV

    New Emmys Rules Define Television Movie Length

    The Television Academy announced new rules for the 2019 Emmys Thursday night, including setting the minimum length for qualifying television movies at 75 minutes. The rules changes also included the addition of an Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Underscore) award, and restructuring the choreography categories as follows: Outstanding Choreography [...]

  • SAG-AFTRA HQ

    SAG-AFTRA Commercial Negotiations Set for February

    With no fanfare, SAG-AFTRA and the ad industry have set a mid-February start for negotiations for a successor deal to the union’s master contract, Variety has learned. The current three-year deal — which covers about $1 billion in annual earnings — expires on March 31. SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee of the ad industry [...]

  • FILE - In this April 5,

    Eliza Dushku Received $9.5 Million Settlement Over Misconduct on 'Bull' Set

    Eliza Dushku received a $9.5 million settlement from CBS after the actress alleged she was the subject of several inappropriate comments on the set of “Bull,” according to the New York Times. Dushku appeared in the first season of the procedural, initially being brought on for a three-episode arc with plans to make her a [...]

  • Jingle Punks Jingle Player

    Jingle Punks at 10: How the Production Music Platform's Player Works

    Though its primary function is creative, Jingle Punks is built on a foundation of technology and administration. The patented Jingle Player that lets customers search for music using pop culture terms is both intuitive and efficient. Typing in “Reservoir Dogs” or “Starbucks” generates suggestions. Queries are monitored “so if there isn’t an exact match, we’ll suggest [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content