Pilot Round-Up: Fox & NBC Series Orders

Fox has given a series order to “Red Band Society,” the coming-of-age dramedy, written by Margaret Nagle, about teenagers living in a pediatric wing of a hospital.

The ABC Studios and Amblin Television-produced show stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo.

Nagle (“Boardwalk Empire”) is exec producing along with Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“American Horror Story”) directed the pilot. The show is a remake of the Catalan TV show “Polseres Vermelles.”

“Red Band Society” was previously in development at ABC during the 2012-13 season.

Lee Daniels’ Hip-Hop Drama ‘Empire’ Gets Series Order at Fox

“Empire,” the drama project from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong set in the world of hip-hop, has received a series order at Fox.

The family drama from Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV stars Terrence Howard as industry heavyweight Lucious Lyon, a tough but wise patriarchal figure. The cast also includes Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe, Trai Byers, Kaitlin Doubleday, Grace Gealey, Bryshere ‘Yazz the Greatest’ Gray, Jussie Smollett and Malik Yoba.

The project reteams “The Butler’s” Daniels and Strong, who co-wrote this pilot with Daniels directing. Grammy Award-winning Tim “Timbaland” Mosley wrote the music for the pilot — marking the first time Mosley has worked so closely on a drama pilot. Exec producers are Brian Grazer, Daniels, Strong and Francie Calfo.

NBC Orders Casey Wilson Comedy 'Marry Me,' Drama 'Allegiance' to Series

NBC has picked up its first comedy pilot to series, handing out a series order to Casey Wilson starrer Marry Me and adding spy drama Allegiance.

Of NBC's whopping 18 comedies, David Caspe's Marry Me emerged as the network's clear frontrunner. The single-camera entry about a couple (Happy Endings' Wilson and Ken Marino) who get engaged -- only to quickly realize that it's harder than it looks -- had been drawing stellar reviews for its script and the finished product. Also working in its favor is the art-imitates-life aspect of the show's behind-the-scenes story, with real-life couple Caspe and Wilson's Happy Endings romance as much of a draw as the story itself.

Sarah Wright, John Gemberling, Tymberlee Hill and Tim Meadows co-star, with Scandal Emmy winner Dan Bucatinsky having a guest role in the series.

From Sony Pictures Television and exec producers Caspe, Jamie Tarses and Seth Gordon, the single-camera comedy joins the previously ordered half-hours including Mr. Robinson, Ellie Kemper starrer Tooken and Working the Engels at the network.

This past pilot season was a big one for the cast of Happy Endings, with Wilson also producing her own NBC comedy pilot, Mason Twins, and the cast all lining up new gigs following ABC's decision to pull the plug on the beloved comedy.

Allegiance, meanwhile, hails from writer-director George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau). It revolves around Alex O’Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Scott Cohen) and Katya (Hope Davis) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. Years ago, Russian-born Katya was tasked by the KGB to recruit American businessman Mark O’Connor as a spy and the two fell in love. A deal was struck: As long as Katya remained an asset for Russia, and it was agreed that her services could be called on in the future, she would be allowed to marry Mark and move to America. After years in America building a happy life and without word from Moscow, they thought they had escaped. Now it seems that the new Mother Russia has one more mission — turning Alex into a spy. For these anguished parents, the choice is clear: Betray their country or risk their family.

The drama is based on the Israeli format The Gordin Cell and hails from Universal Television, Keshet Media and Yes. Gavin Stenhouse, Margarita Levieva, Morgan Spector, Alex Peters, Kenneth Choi and Annie Ilonzeh co-star in the drama, which was written, directed and exec produced by Nolfi and Avi Nir (Homeland).

Allegiance (which was previously known as Coercion) joins a roster of new NBC dramas that include limited entry Emerald City.

Katherine Heigl drama gets NBC series order

NBC has given series orders to a new dramas starring Katherine Heigl and Hope Davis.

First up is Allegiance, a show that will remind some of FX’s The Americans (only set in present day). The show stars Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness) and Davis (The Newsroom) as deactivated covert Russian spies living in America.

There’s also State of Affairs, which returns former Grey’s Anatomy star Heigl to prime-time. That one is about a key CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world. This marks her first regular TV gig since she exited Grey’s in 2010.

NBC also picked up at least one comedy to series, details on that show here. The pilot-to-series pickups are in preparation for NBC’s presentation to fall TV schedule presentation to advertisers next week.

Fall TV: NBC Orders to Series Katherine Heigl's CIA Drama, Russian Spy Thriller and Odyssey

NBC has ordered to series the Katherine Heigl-fronted CIA drama State of Affairs, the Russian spy thriller Allegiance (fka Coercion) and the Traffic-like action-drama Odyssey for the 2014-15 season, TVLine has learned.

Odyssey centers on three families whose lives are torn apart when a stranded female soldier (Pushing Daisies‘ Anna Friel, pictured), a disillusioned corporate attorney (Peter Facinelli, Nurse Jackie) and a disrespected political activist (Jake Robinson, The Carrie Diaries) are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy. The cast also includes Jake Robinson, Jim True-Frost, Treat Williams, Nate Mooney, Elena Kampouris, Daniella Pineda, Sadie Sink, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Omar Ghazaoui.

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