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Pilot Orders by FOX, NBC and CBS + Random TV News



Fox has given a pilot order to a cop comedy from Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur and executive producer Dan Goor, starring Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg.

The untitled single-camera project revolves around a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Samberg, who also serves a producer, will play the lead investigator.

It marks Fox’s first pilot order for the 2012-2013 TV season.

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NBC Orders Drama Pilot I Am Victor from House Producer, White Collar Scribe



NBC has ordered the drama pilot I Am Victor, exec-produced by House‘s Katie Jacobs and written by Mark Goffman (White Collar, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The West Wing).

Based on the upcoming Jo Nesbo novel by the same name, the potential series revolves around Victor Port, a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships.

Meghan Lyvers and Daniel Rappaport of Management 360 and Nesbo will serve as exec producers alongside Jacobs.
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Pilot Scoop: Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Adam Goldberg's ABC Comedy



Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) has been cast in Adam Goldberg‘s untitled comedy pilot for ABC.

The comedic actress will play Beverly Gold, an overbearing, hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth.
Nonetheless, she’s a very dedicated mom.

The ’80s-set potential series is inspired by Goldberg’s experiences growing up in a hectic, but loving, family.

McLendon-Covey originally was cast in King of Van Nuys, another ABC comedy pilot that was an adaptation of the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses. The Alphabet Net passed on that project in December.

The actress — one of TVLine’s most wanted properties this pilot season — also is gearing up for another go as Modern Family’s lesbian woodworker Pam and a return to CBS’ Rules of Engagement later this season.
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Pilot Season: CBS Orders Comedy Pilot from My Boys Alum Jim Gaffigan



Jim Gaffigan may soon be returning to TV.

CBS has ordered a comedy pilot for an untitled project from the My Boys alum, TVGuide.com has learned. The single-camera comedy would star Gaffigan as a happily married and harried NYC father of five, as he is in real life.

Gaffigan and Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan will pen the pilot and executive-produce alongside Michael Wimer and Alex Murray.

It's not the only family-centric project for Gaffigan, who announced in fall that he's writing a family book scheduled to be released in the summer.
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Rupert Wyatt Signs on to Direct AMC's Historical Thriller "Turn"



Rise of the Planet of the Apes' helmer, Rupert Wyatt, has officially signed on to direct AMC's upcoming pilot TURN, Deadline reports.

The project is based upon Alexander Rose's book "Washington Spies," which is officially described as set in "summer of 1778, with the war poised to turn in his favor, General George Washington desperately needed to know where the British would strike next. To that end, he unleashed his secret weapon: an unlikely ring of spies in New York charged with discovering the enemy's battle plans and military strategy."

The historical thriller comes from NIKITA's Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson. Silverstein will serve as writer/executive produer, with Josephson also executive producing.
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Frankenstein Show From Sam Mendes And John Logan Headed To Showtime



When word first broke of Sam Mendes and John Logan’s big, high-concept TV drama, both Van Helsing and Dr. Frankenstein were mentioned. Tonight, Deadline are describing the show like this:

"a psychological horror drama series with literary underpinnings, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, set in the 1800s."


Deadline have learned that the show has ended up at Showtime, most likely with a straight-to-series order. That should means we’ll get to see it, and all of one season too. At least.

The pilot script has apparently undergone “some tweaking” so that it might appeal better to the Showtime audience. I don’t really know what that means. Boobs? Grue? Swears? Obtuse literary allusions? A complete removal of any even slightly obscure literary allusions?

I guess they’re changes that Mendes and Logan were happy to make to get the show this home. I think I need a lesson in Showtime and what they mean.

Mendes is expect to direct the pilot, but we don’t know when. With a following wind this could be on TV this year. I wouldn’t say no.

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And so it begins... pilot season!
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