Brandon T. Jackson To Star In CBS’ ‘Hail Mary’

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EXCLUSIVE: In his first regular series gig, Tropic Thunder co-star Brandon T. Jackson has been tapped as the male lead opposite Minnie Driver in  CBS’ buddy P.I. pilot Hail Mary. Penned by  Jeff Wadlow, the project centers on Mary Beth … Read More »

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Adam Chase Joins CBS’ ‘How To Be A Gentleman’ Comedy Pilot As EP

By | Wednesday March 2, 2011 @ 10:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Former Friends executive producer Adam Chase has joined CBS’ comedy pilot How To Be A Gentleman, written by and starring It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s David Hornsby. Chase will serve as executive producer/co-showrunner on the pilot alongside Hornsby. If the pilot goes to series, for Chase it would be in … Read More »

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Patrick Wilson To Headline CBS Medical Drama Pilot Directed By Jonathan Demme

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Feature and Broadway actor Patrick Wilson is making his first foray into series TV as the star of CBS’ untitled Susannah Grant drama pilot. Jonathan Demme is directing he supernatural medical drama, from CBS TV Studios and studio-based … Read More »

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Kat Dennings To Star In CBS’ Whitney Cummings/Michael Patrick King Comedy

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Kat Dennings has signed on as one of the two leads in CBS’ multicamera comedy pilot Two Broke Girls, co-written and executive produced by former Sex and the City showrunner Michael Patrick King and comedian Whitney Cummings. Dennings is the … Read More »

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Rob Riggle To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Home Game’ Produced By Mark Wahlberg

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EXCLUSIVE: Home Game has won the Rob Riggle sweepstakes. Riggle is set to star in the CBS multicamera comedy, from Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson’s Leverage. The project, loosely based on the experiences of former NFL star Mark … Read More »

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Ilene Chaiken To Run CBS Drama Pilot ‘Hail Mary’, Alex Graves To Direct ABC’s ‘Poe’

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The L Word co-creator/executive producer Ilene Chaiken has joined CBS’ private eye drama pilot Hail Mary as executive producer/showrunner. The project, created by Jeff Wadlow, is a buddy P.I. show set in Atlanta that focuses on a suburban … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Rob Schneider Comedy Pilot And Sitcom From Jeff & Jackie Filgo

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CBS has given the green light to two family comedy pilots, an untitled project starring Rob Schneider and Home Grown, from That ’70s Show alums Jeff and Jackie Filgo. This marks the second pilot for the Filgos, who have … Read More »

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Emmy-Winning Directors Back On Pilot Duty

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Richard Shepard, who won an Emmy for directing the pilot of ABC’s Ugly Betty, has come on board to direct another hourlong pilot with a female lead, CBS’ Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Ringer, written on spec by Eric Charmelo … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Comedy Pilot From ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Veteran

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CBS is back in business with Tucker Cawley, former executive producer of the network’s hit Everybody Loves Raymond. CBS has greenlighted to pilot Cawley’s multicamera comedy The Assistants, a young ensemble about four assistants who work for a celebrity … Read More »

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CBS’ Redlich/Bellucci Pilot Is A Go, ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Helmer To Direct

By | Wednesday February 2, 2011 @ 11:39am PST
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EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ untitled Ed Redlich/John Bellucci drama pilot, which was rolled over from last season, has been given a formal green light, with Niels Arden Oplev, director of  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, on board to direct.

The project, co-produced … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Comedy Pilot Written By And Starring David Hornsby

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EXCLUSIVE: Spec scripts continue to be red-hot this January. CBS just snatched one from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia writer/co-executive producer/recurring guest star David Hornsby, which has been greenlighted to pilot. Hornsby wrote the project, How To Be a Gentleman, and is attached to star. Loosely based on John Bridges’ book How To Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy, the show is described as a buddy comedy about an uptight guy learning to live his life with the help of his old high school classmate. Hornsby will play one of the two leads in the project, whose format (multi- vs. single-camera) is yet to be determined. Read More »

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DOUBLE DUTY: Creators With Multiple Pilots All The Craze This Pilot Season

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The pilot pickup season is just starting in earnest, but we already have an unusually large number of creators with multiple pilot orders. Peter Tolan, Whitney Cummings, Michael Patrick King and the duo of Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen have each received two pickups. Tolan wrote and is executive producing Fox’s comedy The Council of Dads and NBC’s Brave New World, Cummings  wrote, executive produces and stars in an untitled comedy pilot for NBC about a young couple and co-wrote/executive produces the CBS comedy pilot Two Broke Girls with King. King also has NBC drama pilot A Mann’s World, on which he is the writer-executive producer. Reich and Cohen wrote and are executive producing two ABC comedy pilots, Work It and Smothered. Besides evoking an automatic reaction of “Come on, spread the wealth” from other writers who have projects in contention, the embarrassment of riches for the in-demand creators with multiple pilots comes with inevitable complications, putting pressure on the writer-producers in the pilot phase and facing them and the networks with some difficult choices come May. Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Ensemble Comedy From Peter Knight And Happy Madison To Pilot

By | Wednesday January 26, 2011 @ 10:16pm PST
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CBS capped a busy pickup day at the broadcast networks with an order to a multicamera comedy from writer Peter Knight and Happy Madison. The project, produced by Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios, is a workplace ensemble … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Medical, PI Drama Pilots

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CBS has added two drama pilots to its slate: The Doctor, a medical/family drama from Privileged creator Rina Mimoun, and Hail Mary, a buddy PI show from writer Jeff Wadlow. The Doctor, which originally landed at CBS in August … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Cop Drama Pilot From Richard Price And Robert De Niro

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CBS has made another drama pilot pickup, giving the green light to Rookies, an ensemble cop show from The Color of Money writer Richard Price. The project, about six NYPD rookies who balance their personal lives with learning the … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Drama Pilot Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar

By | Friday January 14, 2011 @ 7:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to broadcast series TV with a pilot at CBS. In its first drama pilot pickup this season, CBS has greenlighted Ringer, which is toplined by the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star. The project hails … Read More »

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CBS Orders Celebrity-Themed Reality Pilot

By | Sunday October 24, 2010 @ 7:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has greenlighted The Same Name, an hourlong pilot from one of the masters of comedic celebreality, Cris Abrego. The project, which Abrego executive produces with Eugene Young, is a fish-out-of water comedic series involving regular people and celebrities with whom they happen to share the same name. Each self-contained episode of the show, produced by Endemol-owned 51 Minds, will feature a celebrity as he/she trades life and careers with his/hers name doppelganger Read More »

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‘Odds’ Creator Jeff Wadlow Sells 2 Projects

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EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of his first pilot order last season, CBS’ The Odds, Jeff Wadlow has landed two projects this season, Hail Mary at CBS and Rush at the CW. Both are from Warner Bros. TV and Silver Pictures, which also produced The OddsHail Mary is about a female P.I. in the South who partners with her murdered son’s best friend. Rush is about undercover cops working the New York nightclub scene. Wadlow is writing and executive producing both projects with an eye to direct the potential pilots. Beau Bauman is also producing. Read More »

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TV Writer Bill Kunstler Sets Up 2 Comedies

By | Friday October 1, 2010 @ 5:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran writer-producer Bill Kunstler has sold a comedy project to CBS, which will be produced by CBS TV Studios. Additionally, he has inked a blind script deal at Warner Bros Television with Topher Grace attached to executive produce through his production company Sargent Hall Prods. The CBS project is based on Read More »

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