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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:

ABC

Assured to get series orders are early frontrunners GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES and CHARLIE’S ANGELS, along with the modern fairy tale ONCE UPON A TIME. Shonda Rhimes’ PR drama SCANDAL looks solid, with one or both of PAN AM and procedural IDENTITY also expected to get a green light. Thriller THE RIVER is rumored for an order, though it’s unclear if it will be a regular or limited-series one. Other possibilities on the drama side include the Hamptons-set REVENGE, which has been gathering momentum, and Marc Cherry’s HALLELUJAH, possibly for midseason with some retooling, while 1840s detective show POE has been fading.

On the comedy side, the TIM ALLEN pilot, APT. 23 and SUBURGATORY are considered a go, with SMOTHERED, WORK IT and BAD MOM as possibilities.

CBS

With CBS’ most guarded secret — who will replace Charlie Sheen — out, a lot of the intrigue surrounding CBS’ presentation next week is gone. Luckily, we still have series pickups and schedule to try to figure out. On the drama side, the rise of the J.J. Abrams/Jonah Nolan crime drama PERSON OF INTEREST remains in what is considered a frontrunner status. Ensemble cop drama ROOKIES and procedural THE REMEMBERER also appear strong. PI … Read More »

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Nancy Travis Gets Female Lead In ABC’s Tim Allen Pilot, Jere Burns Joins NBC Comedy

By | Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ 5:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nancy Travis has landed the female lead opposite Tim Allen in ABC’s untitled comedy pilot headlined by the former Home Improvement star. The multicamera project, from writer Jack Burditt, 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th TV, centers on Tim Fitzgerald (Allen) who, even though the world around him has declared the traditional male an “endangered species,” is fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women. Travis will play Vanessa, Tim’s smart and loving wife who doesn’t miss much. Allen and Burditt are executive producing the pilot with John Pasquin, who will direct, as well as Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Richard Baker and Rick Messina. This is the second broadcast pilot for Travis this season; she also booked a guest starring/recurring role on the CW drama Heart of Dixie. She is with APA and Greenlight Management.

Jere Burns has been cast in a lead role in NBC’s untitled Dan Goor comedy pilot. The multicamera comedy, from writer/exec producer Dan Goor, centers on Adam Foote (Andrew J. West), a doctor who joins his parents’ (Jean Smart, Burns) medical practice and spends as much time tending to his family as to his patients. Burns, repped by Innovative Artists and Jackson-Medavoy, has been recurring on AMC’s Breaking Bad and FX’s Justified.

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Tim Allen Commits To ABC Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

After weeks of negotiations, Tim Allen has officially come onboard ABC’s comedy pilot written by Jack Burditt. The project, first known as Man Up and then renamed to The Last Day of Man, is now untitled. The multicamera show, from 20th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein Prod., centers on a guy (Allen) fighting for his manhood in a world of women. Burditt is executive producing with Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements as well as Allen and his managers Richard Baker and Rick Messina. The project landed at ABC in November as a potential starring vehicle for Allen. If it goes to series, the comedy will mark Allen’s return to primetime and to ABC where he starred in the long-running hit Home Improvement.

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