Midseason Status Report: ‘Breaking In’ Stays Alive With Cast Options Pickup, ‘Common’ & ‘Album’ Keep Some Actors,’Smothered’ Dead

By | Tuesday July 5, 2011 @ 2:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

June 30 marked the deadline for TV studios to pick up the options on the casts of broadcast pilots and series whose fate was still in limbo. Good news for fans of Fox’s midseason comedy Breaking In: The options on the series’ actors have been picked up until Nov. 15. And, in a rare move, I hear the network, Fox, has pitched in, splitting the cost of the option extension with producing studio Sony Pictures TV. Fox’s decision to cancel the Christian Slater-starring comedy after a brief midseason run was one of the biggest surprises this past upfront season.

Among the pilots left in contention for midseason, Fox’s comedies Little In Common and Family Album remain in the running for Fox’s two-hour, four-show midseason Tuesday comedy block. But both projects will undergo some tweaking as reflected in their producing studios’ decision to pick up only parts of their casts. Read More »

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WHO IS STILL ALIVE? ‘Exit Strategy’ Taps Ken Olin As Co-Showrunner; ‘Family Album’ Eyes Midseason Order & More

Nellie Andreeva

Between the VIP section of newly picked up series and the pilot of rejected pilots is the no man’s land of pilots that are neither dead nor picked up yet. Here is a rundown on what is still alive and which dead pilots are looking for life elsewhere:

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Primetime Pilot Panic: ABC & CBS Updates

Nellie Andreeva

With Fox done with its series orders and NBC pretty much done too, attention is focusing on ABC and CBS. ABC is expected to make its series pickups tomorrow. Here is the latest buzz on the two networks:

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Primetime Pilot Panic: Screenings Updates

Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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Andrew J. West, Marcia Gay Harden, Sherri Saum Get Pilot Leads

By | Saturday March 5, 2011 @ 4:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Andrew J. West (Greek) is set as the lead in NBC’s untitled Dan Goor pilot. The multicamera comedy, from writer-exec producer Dan Goor, centers on Adam Foote (West), a young doctor who joins his parents’ medical practice and spends … Read More »

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Joe And Anthony Russo Among Latest Pilot Director Hires

Nellie Andreeva

The Emmy-winning team of Anthony and Joe Russo have come on board to direct Fox’s comedy pilot The Council of Dads, from writer-executive producer Peter Tolan and Sony Pictures TV. Last year, the Sony TV-based directors who won an Emmy … Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Two Comedy Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

ABC has made its first comedy pilot pickups this season, ordering Man Up, from 100 Questions creator Chris Moynihan and an Smothered, from Friends alums Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen.

The ABC Studios/Tagline-produced Man Up stems from writer-actor Moynihan’s two-script … Read More »

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