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CBS Picks Up ‘Rookies’, ‘Rememberer’, ‘How To Be A Gentleman’ To Series

By | Monday May 16, 2011 @ 10:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS just picked up three more new series: dramas Rookies, now The 2-2, which is executive produced by Robert De Niro; and The Rememberer, now Unforgettable, which stars Poppy Montgomery; and David Hornsby’s comedy How To Be a Gentleman. The trio joins drama Person of Interest and comedy Two Broke Girls, which were picked up Friday.

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UPDATE: CBS Picks Up ‘Person Of Interest’ & ‘Two Broke Girls’ To Series

By | Friday May 13, 2011 @ 1:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

What a day! CBS just joined the pickup frenzy with orders to its two hottest pilots on the drama and comedy side. The network is making calls to producers at the moment, and the first to get one was none other than J.J. Abrams, whose Person of Interest has been picked up to series. The crime drama written by Jonah Nolan and starring Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson had been building momentum, recently emerging as the frontrunner at the network on the drama side. Also picked up is the Michael Patrick King/Whitney Cummings comedy Two Broke Girls starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. While Cummings will do her new NBC comedy series, which is in first position, King, whose NBC drama pilot A Mann’s World didn’t go forward, is expected to be full-time on the CBS comedy, probably co-running it with another comedy writer-producer.

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3RD UPDATE: ABC Picks Up 7 New Dramas, 5 Comedies, ‘Smothered’ Still Alive

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 1:10 PM: The last comedy pilots to get the nod at ABC today are Suburgatory and the cross-dressing Work It. Another buzzed-about pilot, Smothered, has not been picked up but remains in contention. Among those that are not moving forward is Other People’s Kids.

UPDATE 12:50 PM: ABC picked up a third new comedy, Chris Moynihan’s Man Up.

UPDATE 12:35 PM: ABC just picked up seven new drama series, early standouts Good Christian Bitches, now Good Christian Belles, and Charlie’s Angels, as well as Once Upon A Time, Pan Am, Revenge, Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal and The River. Some are for midseason. The high-profile drama pilots not to get an order include Poe, which was an early favorite of ABC chief Paul Lee but lost traction after poor testing, and Marc Cherry’s spiritual drama Hallelujah.

PREVIOUS 12:25 PM: ABC is just now making a flurry of calls to producers. The first confirmed pickups went to comedy frontrunners Apt. 23 and the Tim Allen project, now called again Last Man Standing.

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UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Whitney Cummings & Emily Spivey Pilots, ‘Smash’ & ‘Prime Suspect’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 5:30 PM: And we’re done. Word is that NBC won’t be making more series pickups beyond the four shows from in-house studio UMS, thus prolonging the agony of producers awaiting word on the fate of their pilots until tomorrow. Also, I hear that the UMS-produced pilots that didn’t get a nod today are not necessarily dead, with dramas Grimm and Reconstruction said to be alive, and possibly comedies Bent, Parham/St. Clair and Dan Goor.

UPDATE 5:20 PM: The Emily Spivey comedy, starring Christina Applegate as a professional woman and new mom, is now officially a go as a series order with a new name, Up All Night.

PREVIOUS 4:55 PM: NBC opened its own pickup season today with a series order to the untitled Whitney Cummings comedy pilot, now titled Whitney, a romantic comedy created by and starring the racy comedienne; the Broadway-themed Smash, exec produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Debra Messing; and Prime Suspect, a Maria Bello-starring adaptation of the classic British series. A pickup of the untitled Emily Spivey comedy starring Christina Applegate is also said to be under way. It seems like NBC is starting off by ordering the projects from its own studios (all four pilots above are from UMS) before moving onto outside suppliers, such as 20th TV, which has hot dramas REM and The Playboy Club as well as Metro, which is also in contention, and Warner Bros, which has the Chelsea Handler comedy in contention, while its Wonder Woman appears doubtful and Mann’s World highly unlikely at the moment. Read More »

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It’s Official: TNT Picks Up ‘Perception’ To Series, Renews ‘Southland’ For Season 4

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 11:39am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TNT just announced that it has picked up drama pilot Perception to series with a 10-episode order and has renewed cop drama Southland for a fourth season, also with a 10-episode order.

Perception, which will premiere next year, stars Eric McCormack as a neuroscientist who works to solve complex criminal cases. Also starring  in the ABC Studios-produced series are Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan. Perception was created by executive producer Kenneth Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, with McCormack serving as producer. Alan Poul directed and served as executive producer for the pilot. “When we saw the pilot for Perception, it confirmed what we thought from the first pitch: It’s a perfect fit for TNT’s original series lineup,” said TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright. “With its blend of intensity, emotion, humor, smart storytelling, sharp direction and a buzz-worthy performance from Eric McCormack, Perception is a hugely entertaining show we believe TNT viewers will love.”

Southland, which wrapped up its third season March 8, stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie. The series has averaged 2.9 million viewers this season, up 6% compared to Season 2. Southland, which started off on NBC, hails … Read More »

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