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CW orders two dramas; NBC adds ‘Family’

'Selection,' 'Company Town' get CW nod; Peacock picks up laffer

What got in the water?

TV bizzers were still buzzing Wednesday about the deluge of 22 pilot orders from the Big Four networks that hit on Tuesday night. Insiders chalked up the unusual timing partly to coincidence and partly to an effort that began last summer to speed up the typical pace of script development and pilot greenlights, especially for comedies.

CW joined the pilot bandwagon on Wednesday morning, greenlighting its first two dramas of the season: “The Selection” and “Company Town.”

NBC also picked up another comedy pilot — “Welcome to the Family,” from scribe Mike Sikowitz — after ordering four on Tuesday.

The CW drama “Selection,” from Warner Bros. TV, is based on the same-titled book by Kiera Cass. Drama centers on a futuristic world where a working-class woman is selected by lottery to compete against other women to win the prince’s hand and become the nation’s next queen.

Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, both alums of “The Vampire Diaries” and “666 Park Avenue,” wrote the pilot and exec produce “Selection.”

“Company Town,” from CBS TV Studios, follows two women who live near a Virginia Naval base where a scandal erupts and find themselves on opposite sides of the townie/military divide.

Pilot was written by Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”) and helmed by Taylor Hackford. Pair will exec produce alongside Bill Haber.

During CW’s TCA session earlier this month, net topper Mark Pedowitz said he expects to order seven or eight pilots for the 2013-14 season.

Peacock’s “Welcome to the Family” is a single-camera vehicle from Sony TV that follows a white family and Latino family bonded together after their children fall in love and have an unexpected pregnancy. Sikowitz wrote the pilot and will exec produce.

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