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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot nabs Fox, NBC pilot orders

Fox also adds John Wells drama; NBC orders two comedies

Another day, another two pilots for J.J. Abrams.

Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods. and Warner Bros. TV picked up pilot orders from NBC and Fox on Friday. NBC greenlit “Believe,” penned by Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman, who exec produce with Abrams and Burk. Project revolves around the relationship between a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who is tasked with protecting her from evil elements.

The Fox order went to an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future when all LAPD officers are partnered with human-like androids. It hails from “Fringe” showrunner J.H. Wyman, who exec produces with Abrams and Burk.

Fox separately greenlit a drama from John Wells Prods.

“Boomerang,” revolving around a family of assassins, was penned by Davey Holmes who exec produces with Wells and John Wells Prods.’ Andrew Stearn. Drama revolves around a family that is the business of conducting assassinations for the U.S. government.

Holmes has worked with the Wells Prods. shop on Showtime drama “Shameless.” His other credits include “Pushing Daisies,” “The Chicago Code” and “Awake.”

NBC also ordered two multicamera comedy pilots, one from “Saturday Night Live’s” John Mulaney, the other from Bill Lawrence’s WBTV-based shop.

Mulaney’s untitled project, based on his standup material, from Universal TV is also exec produced by Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Dave Becky and David Miner.

The Chicago-born Mulaney recently toplined a Comedy Central special.

“Undateable,” from Warner Bros. TV, revolves around a group of love-challenged friends whose lives are altered when a more confident person enters their world. Laffer was penned by Adam Sztykiel and is also exec produced by Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold.

ABC was in pilot mode as well Friday, ordering singlecam comedy “Spy” from its own studio.

Show is a U.K. import and is from Brit native Simeon Goulden. Storyline involves a well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son who also happens to be his complete opposite. The father inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself worthy.

Goulden exec produces with Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams.

Net also ordered 20th Century Fox’s singlecam comedy pilot from Mark and Robb Cullen.

Story centers on a recently divorced, single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father, a beer swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son’s underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.

Aaron Kaplan is exec producer along with the Cullen brothers.

CW has ordered post-apocalyptic “The Hundred” pilot, from writer Jason Rothenberg.

Based on an upcoming book series, the story goes back 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, and a spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of recolonizing the planet.

Book was written by Kass Morgan. Rothenberg will exec produce with Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.

Warner Bros. TV will produce, with Alloy Entertainment.

Net also stocked on two other drama pilots: “Oxygen” and “Reign,” both of which are from CBS Studios.

In “Oxygen,” a group of alien boys are integrated into a suburban high school, and then one of the aliens has a romance with a human girl. Writer Meredith Averill exec produces with Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst and Daniel Gutman.

Stephanie Sengupta and Laurie McCarthy are the creators behind “Reign. Plotline involves the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting.

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