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11:35 pm - 01/22/2013

ABC and CBS join in on the Pilot craziness



ABC has jumped into the Tuesday-night pilot frenzy, ordering four new projects including an hour drama from ER‘s David Zabel and a half-hour comedy exec-produced by Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, TVLine has learned.

The Zabel project, Betrayal, centers on a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.

Eisenberg and Stupnitsky’s prospective sitcom, Pulling, follows three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.

Other ABC pilots receiving production orders Tuesday:

* The Returned, a drama from The Killing‘s Aaron Zelman, asks the provocative question, “What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.”

* Venice, a Romeo and Juliet-esque soap written by Without a Trace‘s Byron Balasco, focuses on two rival families living in “California’s most seductive city” and the forbidden and dangerous romance that emerges between them.

Pilot Scoop: CBS Orders Beverly Hills Cop, Hart Hanson Drama and a Friends-ly Sitcom

Check your tailpipe for bananas now, because CBS on Tuesday ordered a pilot for Shawn Ryan’s Beverly Hills Cop. The network also greenlit a drama pilot from Bones boss Hart Hanson and a sitcom from a Friends producer.

As well-reported last year, the small-screen Beverly Hills Cop stars Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley’s police officer son Aaron, who like his dad finds himself walking the Beverly Hills beat. Ryan (The Shield) will pen the pilot, with Marney Hochman as a second EP.

The drama project Backstrom, written and exec-produced by Hart Hanson, is based on the Swedish book series about an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Leif G.W. Persson and Niclas Salomonsson also serve as EPs.

CBS’ lone comedy pilot order (for the day) goes to Friends With Better Lives, from Friends producer Dana Klein and revolving around a group of 30something friends who each think the other has it better. Aaron Kaplan joins Klein as an EP on the multi-cam project.

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holyfrijoles_2 23rd-Jan-2013 04:44 am (UTC)
All of these pilots sound terrible, especially the comedies.
littlehayzay 23rd-Jan-2013 04:46 am (UTC)
Are you serious....


Deception
Revenge
Scandal
Betrayal

ENOUGH
theratwhispers 23rd-Jan-2013 04:47 am (UTC)
lol mte
eaglefan2011 23rd-Jan-2013 04:51 am (UTC)
lol
goofusgallant 23rd-Jan-2013 05:01 am (UTC)
lol
fwee_prower 23rd-Jan-2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Enough sounds like the next hit.

a Single mom out in the dating life meets the man of her dreams but once it turns out he's in the mob she must flee from him and her life with her kids. She knows it's time to stand up for herself. She has had.....EMOUGH
littlehayzay 23rd-Jan-2013 06:43 am (UTC)
backupblood 23rd-Jan-2013 05:39 am (UTC)
And coming in 2014...

Ambition
Controversy
Blackmail
Shame
pastelward 23rd-Jan-2013 05:53 am (UTC)
lmaooo
galagooo 23rd-Jan-2013 07:02 am (UTC)
They can branch out to kids' shows and make Liar, Liar Pants on Fire.
earlywinter13 23rd-Jan-2013 10:42 am (UTC)
LOL.
joliefoliepolie 23rd-Jan-2013 04:47 am (UTC)
The lives of the people of Aurora are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.
Is this just a case of a terribly thought-out naming coincidence, or...

Edited at 2013-01-23 04:47 am (UTC)
eaglefan2011 23rd-Jan-2013 04:54 am (UTC)
right? they need to change that asap
actxappalledx 23rd-Jan-2013 04:58 am (UTC)
mte, i literally cringed and said oooh.. too soon..
hypermuseic9 23rd-Jan-2013 06:13 am (UTC)
omg that didn't even register in my head

they need to change it
myhipusername 23rd-Jan-2013 07:06 am (UTC)
mte

wtf
unnecessaryhat 23rd-Jan-2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I came in here just because of that. I can't believe they didn't change that.
lovelyeli 23rd-Jan-2013 04:47 am (UTC)
ok i would watch the fuk outta that Venice show ngl
holypotatoes1 23rd-Jan-2013 05:37 am (UTC)
I kind of think it already exists bb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1695746/plotsummary It's just online. Chances are if they're just remaking this webseries they'll probably just cut out the gay storyline and make it a straight one leaving everything else the same.
redaodai 23rd-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
I liked The 4400 at first, but I stopped watching after the baby turned into an adult.
fwee_prower 23rd-Jan-2013 05:24 am (UTC)
YEAH once that baby talked i was done.
masalachaitea 23rd-Jan-2013 09:20 am (UTC)
That's what I thought. It sounds like an interesting premise if it's well written.
williammiller 25th-Jan-2013 07:53 am (UTC)
I remember watching this show, but I don't think I ever finished it.
just_smiling 23rd-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
"The lives of the people of Aurora are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.”

Aurora? Deceased returning? Seriously they're using the name of a town where just last year there was a mass shooting? Who thought this was wise.
beetlebums 23rd-Jan-2013 04:52 am (UTC)

Eisenberg and Stupnitsky’s prospective sitcom, Pulling, follows three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.



THIS IS FUCKING APT 23 WITH JAMES CHANGED INTO A WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
beetlebums 23rd-Jan-2013 04:52 am (UTC)
WITH A HEAPING OF HAPPY ENDINGS


fuck my life
larrylurker 23rd-Jan-2013 04:54 am (UTC)
CBS’ lone comedy pilot order (for the day) goes to Friends With Better Lives, from Friends producer Dana Klein and revolving around a group of 30something friends who each think the other has it better.


I blame all of you FRIENDS fans for watching that show for nearly a decade and making me go through this endless torment of 30something ppl in relationships doing things in "insert highly populated city" every year since it ended.

I'll never forgive you for this

Edited at 2013-01-23 04:57 am (UTC)
xo_soccer9 23rd-Jan-2013 04:57 am (UTC)
sorry kathy

Edited at 2013-01-23 04:58 am (UTC)
larrylurker 23rd-Jan-2013 05:02 am (UTC)
truexillusions 23rd-Jan-2013 06:05 am (UTC)
I'm not even sorry...

I say that as I watch this FRIENDS episode for the 984th time.
xo_soccer9 23rd-Jan-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
i'd watch the returned, venice, and betrayal.

also no show will ever replace friends
xxxtttiiinnnaaa 23rd-Jan-2013 04:57 am (UTC)
Excited for the pilot Casey Wilson wrote about about three female friends in 1954
spocktopus 23rd-Jan-2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Oh good, more shows for the networks to prematurely cancel.
setsuna16 23rd-Jan-2013 05:01 am (UTC)
Venice sounds like Skins. Or was it Skin?

The one about the kid who's daddy was like in porn or some shit.
kdvn 23rd-Jan-2013 05:17 am (UTC)
Skin. Wow, someone else remembers that show! Olivia Wilde was the star.
setsuna16 23rd-Jan-2013 05:18 am (UTC)
I mostly just remember that show because it was on after Boston Public. Which I watched Religiously.
tommybeulah 23rd-Jan-2013 05:18 am (UTC)
Skin, I think Olivia Wilde's dad was the porn producer or whatever he was.
dancedallnight 23rd-Jan-2013 05:09 am (UTC)
Venice, a Romeo and Juliet-esque soap written by Without a Trace‘s Byron Balasco, focuses on two rival families living in “California’s most seductive city” and the forbidden and dangerous romance that emerges between them.

lol considering what else i watch, i'm sure i'll be all over this lol
kdvn 23rd-Jan-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
I'd watch it if they forbidden/dangerous romance involved two men. But I doubt it will.
fwee_prower 23rd-Jan-2013 05:22 am (UTC)
"* The Returned, a drama from The Killing‘s Aaron Zelman, asks the provocative question, “What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.”

So its the 1440?
iamglory 23rd-Jan-2013 07:49 am (UTC)
No it's more like Babylon Fields.
kurtvonnegut 23rd-Jan-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
i can't watch network dramas anymore. i just can't go back after the stuff that cable has put out the past 10 years
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