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UPDATE 9 PM: A Locke & Key limited series/miniseries was a stretch, and it seems that it is not happening. The show is now heading to the death pile. And yes, comedy Outnumbered is dead too. Surprisingly, multi-family comedy Little In Common starring Rob Corddry and Kevin Hart, which had stayed largely under the radar, is still very much in the mix.

UPDATE 8 PM: With two high-profile drama pilots, the Ethan Hawke starrer Exit Strategy and Locke & Key, conspicuously missing from the list of series pickups or rejects, speculation started swirling as to their fate. I hear both are still in play. Word is Exit Strategy may be held for retooling. I hear Fox brass felt the pilot had a lot of action and not too much character in it, so they had been looking to shift the focus on the show. As for Locke & Key, there is a rumor that Fox wants to make it into a big-event limited series/miniseries, but it is unclear if that would be financially feasible. Comedy Family Album is still TBD but is not getting an order at this time and may get pushed.

UPDATE 7:30 PM: Fox has picked up a second new comedy series, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, on the same night its star, Jaime Pressly, appears on Fox’s Raising Hope. Meanwhile, three other pilots, medical drama Weekends at Bellevue and comedies Council of Dads and Iceland, are dead. 

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Primetime Pilot Panic: Screenings Updates

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The marathon pilot screenings at the broadcast networks are in full force. While they are rarely the deciding factor in the networks’ final series pickup decisions, they help solidify early standouts’ frontrunner positions and sometimes breathe life into pilots that might have been written off too soon. Here are some updates I heard today. (If some pilots, like ALCATRAZ and POE, are not mentioned in this update, they are in the one from yesterday, so check out that one too.)

The only element of uncertainly about GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES‘ future as a new ABC series next season seems to be what it will be called as it will definitely won’t be GCB. After a great screening today, the dramedy executive produced by Darren Star appears a sure thing, possibly as a companion to Desperate Housewives given that it’s been referred to as “Desperate Housewives in Dallas.” Probably the biggest surprise today was the mixed reaction to Shonda Rhimes’ drama SCANDAL, once considered a lock. But with Rhimes behind it, the project is still in the running. Also mixed was the reaction to family/dance drama GRACE, which once again got praise for its elaborate dance sequences and not so much for the narrative. Still a possibility to run behind Dancing With the Stars. Early comedy favorites, SUBURGATORY and SMOTHERED, continue to fly high after good screenings today and yesterday, respectively. Reaction to the Jenna Elfman-starring comedy BAD MOM was more mixed. … Read More »

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Kyle Bornheimer To Star In Fox’s Comedy Pilot ‘Council Of Dads’

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EXCLUSIVE: The always in-demand Kyle Bornheimer is set to co-star in Peter Tolan’s comedy pilot for Fox Council of Dads. Inspired by Bruce Feiler’s non-fiction book, the pilot, which is being directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, tells the story of Michael who, just before he dies, enlists five of his guy friends from all aspects of his life to become a “council of dads” to his two young children. Bornheimer will play the “fun dad” on the council, a childhood friend of Michael’s who is loud and larger than life, funny though sometimes inappropriate. On the Sony TV-produced pilot, Bornheimer joins previously cast Diane Farr, Patrick Breen and Ken Howard.

Bornheimer fielded several pilot offers before choosing to go with Council. For him, the Fox pilot is in second position to NBC’s softly-rated midseason series Perfect Couples, on which he co-stars. This is the second consecutive year, in which Bornheimer has booked a pilot in second position to a midseason series. Last year, he was heavily pursued for 4 pilots before the delayed launch of his midseason ABC comedy Romantically Challenged. He eventually settled on the lead role in the Bays/Thomas CBS comedy pilot. When that pilot didn’t go to series, Bornheimer was quickly cast in a lead role on NBC’s newly picked-up comedy Perfect Couples, replacing Kyle Howard, who had to pull out because of his obligation to TBS’ My Boys. Bornheimer, repped by CAA and Flutie Entertainment, … Read More »

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