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Women rise to power in upcoming series

Mar 19, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Mix a bit of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Jessica Alba’s “Dark Angel” and Calista Flockhart’s “Ally McBeal,” and that’s the prescription for a bevy of women-empowered series in development for the 2001-02 season network prime-time lineups.
With women presumably gaining more leverage over the TV remote control from men, an increasing number of scripted comedies and dramas are being tailored to female leads.
Anti-testosterone-, pro-estrogen-powered dramas such as UPN’s “Jen-X,” NBC’s untitled Peta Wilson project and “Spy Girl” criminal investigation series, ABC’s co-ed-turns-spy drama “Alias,” Fox’s “Emma Brody” and The WB’s “Dragon Riders of Pern” lead the charge.
“In recent years, it’s fair to say women dictated some of the hit dramas, like `Buffy The Vampire Slayer,’ `Dark Angel,’ `Providence,’ `Judging Amy’ and `Ally McBeal,’ with men often coming along for the ride,” said Carolyn Finger, vice president of TVtracker.com, a leading Internet database for TV series in development. “I don’t know if there is a unified, concerted effort to put women in the forefront of most dramas and comedies, but it might be one of those sleeper trends where the joint is being overrun by dames.”
Even at UPN, a traditionally testosterone-heavy, male-driven network, Tom Nunan, the network’s president of entertainment, acknowledged that female-led dramas like “Jen-X” not only could appeal to women but bring a “sizable male audience,” like `Charlie’s Angels’ did years ago on ABC and most recently in movie theaters.
“Our target audience has been young males, but we’ve also had some of our biggest demo growth with young women this season,” Mr. Nunan said. “If these shows conversely broaden our reach with young females and simultaneously attract males, that’s great.”
Women are also well-represented on the comedy side. The WB Network, characteristically a strong draw with young women, has a half-dozen female comedies under consideration. Among those are a remake of the 1970s Saturday morning series “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl”; “Witchright Hall,” a spinoff from The WB’s highly rated “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”; another companion witch series called “The Misadventures of Fiona Plum”; and the Reba McEntire-led embattled-housewife sitcom “Sally.”
Tracey Pakosta, The WB’s vice president of comedy development, said with her network’s total of 16 comedies in development (compared with six dramas, she is looking for Friday sitcoms that are “tonally similar” to “Sabrina,” and she is also looking to build on Sunday’s “edgier” urban dramas.
Fox is also weighing in with “Honey Vicaro,” starring former MTV pinup Jenny McCarthy in her third network sitcom, this time as a crime fighting TV vixen, and “Bev,” about a thrice-divorced woman settling down in Plymouth, Mass.
Ms. Finger, a former TV packager at Los Angeles-based talent boutiques Candace Lake Agency and Broder-Kurland Agency, said it appeared NBC is taking the most risks in its sitcom development but also is taking an “insurance policy” by having renowned veteran show runner James Burrows involved in two comedies.
Mr. Burrows is set to join with former ABC Entertainment head Jamie Tarses as executive producers of “Tikiville,” about an absent father who reappears after 14 years to renew a relationship with his child–to the mother’s chagrin. Mr. Burrows is also set to direct an untitled Chuck Lorre project (a k a “Last Dance”), an irreverent story about a Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad expert who falls in love with a Hollywood starlet who is a recovering alcoholic getting treatment at the Betty Ford Center. He is also directing a CBS comedy pilot called “Seven Roses,” an offbeat comedy about a family of actors (headed by Brenda Blethyn) taking over the management of a New England inn.
In other trends, it appears that NBC’s widely acclaimed “The West Wing” is providing inspiration for the studios and networks to develop other dramas set in lofty institutions like the U.S. Supreme Court. Two Supreme Court dramas are in the works–“The Bench” at ABC and “First Monday” at CBS.
“What `West Wing’ has shown is that character-driven material set in alternative venues–other than police and medical dramas–can work on the networks,” Ms. Finger said. “I think it is a very positive sign that the networks are pushing on variations on the traditional cop shows as well.”
ABC
Drama
“Alias” (Touchstone) A woman juggles her life as a college co-ed and spy. J.J. Abrams executive produces.
“Being Brewster” (Touchstone) Family with seven kids, described as “Eight Is Enough” with an edge. Kerry Ehron and Nena Rodrigue executive produce.
“The Bench” (Touchstone) Follows clerks working in the U.S. Supreme Court, starring Sally Field and Alicia Witt. Oliver Goldstick and Rob Scheidlinger executive produce.
“The Brothers Grimm” (Touchstone) Modern-day brothers in New York discover they’re descendants of the fairy tale brothers. Greer Shepherd and Michael Robin executive produce.
“Metropolis” (Granada, 20th Century Fox, Touchstone) Soap about six friends five years after graduation from college. Based on a British series. Greer Shepherd, Michael Robin and Rob Thomas executive produce.
“Philly” (Bochco Productions, Paramount) Kim Delaney stars as a divorced single mother, who begins law practice catering to economically disadvantaged. Steven Bochco, Kevin Hook and Allison Cross executive produce.
“Silicon Follies” (Touchstone, Imagine) Soap set in high-tech world of Silicon Valley. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tony Krantz, Betty Thomas and Sandy Issacs executive produce.
“Thieves” (Warner Bros.) Romantic dramedy starring John Stamos about a pair of master thieves who now steal things for the U.S. government. Arnold Kopelson and Jim Leonard executive produce.
Untitled Chris McQuarrie Project (Touchstone) Man with shady past works to right society’s wrongs. Chris McQuarrie, Heather McQuarrie and David Hoberman executive produce.
Untitled Charles Randolph Project (20th Century Fox, Jersey TV) A 20-something woman is a rising star at dot-com company until its CEO wants to impose Wall Street–style discipline on the young staff.
Comedy
“The Back Page” (Studios USA) A workplace buddy comedy set at a newspaper.
“Bob Patterson” (20th Century Fox, Touchstone, Angel Ark Productions) Jason Alexander stars as a motivational speaker whose own life is more messed up than his clients.
“Born in Brooklyn” (Studios USA) A 30-something couple–he’s a lawyer, she’s a book editor–copes with work and their first child.
“Criminal Mastermind“ (Brad Grey TV) Bumbling criminal Mike Mastermind recounts a botched crime to a new cellmate in each episode. Brad Grey and Paul Simms executive produce.
“Dog Days” (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach) Animated series about a man and his talking dog.
“HMO” (Imagine, Touchstone) Doctors trying to work within constraints of an HMO. Peter Tolan and Lauren Corrao executive produce.
“Kiss the Bride” (Artists Television Group) Newlyweds return from honeymoon to find their best friends are breaking up. Jeffrey Klarik executive produces.

“Man in the Kitchen” (Touchstone, DreamWorks) Jeffrey Tambor hosts a TV cooking show. Nina Wass, Gene Stein and Michael Borkow executive produce.
“Mark of Greatness” (Touchstone) Stuntman becomes grade school teacher. Pam Brady executive produces.
“Me and My Needs” (Touchstone) Neurotic 30-something woman trying to survive perils of New York. Nina Wass, Gene Stein and Judy Toll executive produce.
“My Wonderful Life” (Touchstone) Single mom has to balance her personal life and job as a nurse, based on a British series. Lawrence Boch and Bill Hamm executive produce.
“North Hollywood” (DreamWorks) Two college buddies graduate and move to Hollywood to be writer/director/actors; one is successful, the other struggles. Judd Apatow executive produces.
Untitled James Belushi Project (Touchstone, Brad Grey TV) Family comedy with the “SNL” alumnus playing a father
of three kids. Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark and Suzanne Bukinik executive produce.
Untitled Mitch Rouse Project (Touchstone) Two childhood friends leave a small town in the South for Chicago. Nina Wass, Gene Stein, Jay Scherick and David Ronn executive produce.
Untitled Ronn & Sherick Project (Touchstone) Billed as modern-day “Rockford Files.” Jay Scherick, David Ronn and Nena Rodrigue executive produce.
“The Web” (Touchstone) Behind the scenes at a television network. Peter Tolan and Lauren Corrao executive produce.
Alternative
“Wayne Brady Sketch Show” (Touchstone, Brad Grey TV) Sketch comedy show starring “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” regular Wayne Brady.
Untitled Geoffrey Fieger Legal Reality Project (Renegade Productions) Series specializes in civil cases, focusing on relationship between clients and lawyers. David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe executive produce.
CBS
Drama
“The Agency” (Radiant Prods., CBS Prods.) Inside the world of the CIA. Wolfgang Petersen, Gail Katz and Michael Beckner executive produce.
“Destiny” (Big Ticket, CBS Prods.) Series, set in real time, that follows a character going through an emotional crisis. John Herzfeld executive produces.
“The Education of Max Bickford” (20th Century Fox, CBS Prods.) Richard Dreyfuss stars as a history professor going through a midlife crisis. Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich executive produce.
“First Monday” (Paramount, Bellisario Prods.) Centers on justices in the U.S. Supreme Court, starring James Garner, Joe Montegna, James Whitmore and Hedy Burress. Don Bellisario, Paul Levine executive produce.
“The Guardian” (Columbia TriStar, CBS Prods.) High-priced attorney is convicted on drug charges and then must work as child advocate.
“The Heart Department” (Columbia TriStar) Romantic dramedy set in cardiac unit of a San Francisco hospital.
“HRT” (Columbia TriStar, CBS Prods.) Adventures of a hostage rescue team.
“Hudson County” (Artists Television Group) Lawyer wife (played by Linda Fiorentino) and ex-cop husband (Rob Morrow) solve crimes in a small town. Tom Fontana, Jorge Zamacona executive produce; Barry Levinson directs pilot.
“Sam’s Circus” (Columbia TriStar) Ensemble World War II drama. Rob Singer and Gavin Polone executive produce.
“The Second Act” a k a “The Senator” (Warner Bros., John Wells Prods.) Ex-senator returns home to reconnect with family. John Wells and Lydia Woodward executive produce.
“Wolf Lake” (CBS Prods.) Dramatic adventure series about werewolves in Seattle.
Comedy
“Baby Bob” (Viacom, Paramount) Based on popular Internet featurettes about a talking baby. Judd Pillott and John Peaslee executive produce.
“Blind Men” (Regency, Granada, CBS Prods.) Competing window-blinds salesmen.
“Community Center” (20th Century Fox, Acme Prods.) Newly separated dad, played by Daniel Stern, works at a community center.
“Ellen Again” (Artists Television Group) Return of Ellen DeGeneres as an urbanite who moves to a small town. Carol Leifer, Mitchell Hurwitz and Ellen DeGeneres executive produce.
“The Kennedys” (Columbia TriStar/Granada) Randy Quaid heads up British-derived comedy about a working-class family. Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky executive produce.
“Late Bloomers” (Artists Television Group) An ensemble of middle-aged men share their gripes about life and love. Mitchel Katlin and Nate Bernstein executive produce.
“Life With David J.” (20th Century Fox, Acme Prods.) Based on David Nash’s stand-up routine focusing on his overbearing parents and new marriage.
“Loomis” (20th Century Fox, CBS Prods.) Cheri Oteri stars as a celebrity in a small town trying to cope with her dysfunctional family.
“Mr. Life” (Columbia TriStar, Brad Grey TV) Nick Turturro heads family that owns an Italian restaurant in New York.
“Say Uncle” (20th Century Fox) Gay man (Ken Olin) finds his life turned upside down when he inherits his niece and nephew. Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman executive produce.
“Seven Roses” (Paramount) Eccentric family of actors, headed by Brenda Blethyn, takes over running a New England inn and restaurant. Christopher Lloyd and Joe Keenan executive produce.
Alternative
“U.S. Justice” (Ominibus Prods., Lion Television) Follows actual cases as they go through all phases of the judicial system.
Fox
Drama
“American Soap” (Regency, 20th Century Fox) Young man enrolls in a prestigious university and stumbles onto a dark secret shared by a group of friends.
“Ball & Chain” (20th Century Fox) Husband and wife about to divorce discover they have super powers that work only if they stay together.
“Close to Home” (Warner Bros.) Overachieving 19-year-old girl throws a wrench in her well-planned college life when she impulsively marries a local crook. Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins executive produce.
“Emma Brody” (20th Century Fox, Jersey Television) Arijas Bariekis stars as a woman who joins the U.S. Embassy in London. Jim Parriott and Danny DeVito executive produce.
“Forever Young” (Columbia TriStar) Great-looking, arrogant actor in a TV cop show is drummed out of Hollywood and takes a job as a private investigator in the Hamptons. Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Josephson, Elmore Leornard and Alex Gansa executive produce.
“In the Weeds” (Regency, Studios USA) Ensemble of young men and women who work in a hip restaurant and all aspire to different careers. Michael Rauch, and Josh and Jonas Pate executive produce.
“One Ocean Drive” (Artists Television Group) Ensemble of young adults working in a hip beachfront hotel in Los Angeles. Darren Star and Jeff Rake executive produce.
“Pasadena” (Brad Grey TV, Columbia TriStar) Secrets surface when brothers and sisters fight among themselves to take over the family’s media empire. Brad Grey, Mike White and Diane Keaton executive produce.
“Third Degree” (Studios USA) Down-to-earth guy and a sophisticated young women meet at a university of criminology and join forces to solve mystery cases.
“Twenty Four” (20th Century Fox, Imagine Television) Team of government agents looking to foil an unfolding assassination plot played out in real time. Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran executive produce.
“When I Grow Up” (Paramount) Young woman, dumped by her older husband, partners up with a man who investigates romantic infidelities. Glen Gordon Caron and Ron Schwary executive produce.
Comedy
“Anything Can Happen” (Paramount, 20th Century Fox) Andy Richter stars as a writer of manuals for an industrial company who tells stories about how he wishes his life would turn out.
“Bernie Mac Show” (Regency, 20th Century Fox). Stand-up comedian and husband Bernie Mac takes in his sister and her three young kids while she deals with her drug problem.
“Bev” (Regency, 20th Century Fox) A three-time divorced mother of three decides to stop running away and settle down in the judgmental community of Plymouth, Mass.
“Greg The Bunny” (20th Century Fox) A sock puppet named Greg The Bunny hosts his own children’s TV show and his agent/”roommate Jimmy is hell-bent on making him a superstar. Steve Levitan, Neil Moritz, Mark Rossen, Dan Milano, Spencer Chinoy executive produce.
“Honey Vicaro” (20th Century Fox, Regency) Jenny McCarthy is a 1960s crime-fighting TV vixen whose show was canceled ahead of its time. The “lost” episodes are just now seeing the light of day.
“Monsignor Martinez” (20th Century Fox) Live-action comedy about a crime-fighting Mexican priest who comes to America, based on an animated character from “King of the Hill.” Jim Dauterive, Mike Judge, Greg Daniels executive produce.
“More, Patience” (Columbia TriStar) A 30-year-old neurotic therapist living in Manhattan keeps sleeping with the husband she’s in the process of divorcing. Jed Seidel, Maya Forbes and Gavin Polone executive produce.
“Nathan’s Choice” (Warner Bros.) An interactive comedy about a college graduate who faces different moral choices. Series is shot with two second acts, with audience voting on the ending. Chu
ck Lorre executive produces.
“The Ruling Class” (20th Century Fox, Imagine) Story of the worst high school ever, as seen through the eyes of the new kid, who quickly becomes part of the gang. Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein executive produce.
Untitled Paul Simms Project (Brad Grey TV) Four 20-somethings gather at a restaurant to share their wild stories of trying to make it in Hollywood. Paul Simms executive produces.
“What’s Up With Peter Fuddy?” (Studios USA) Domestic life of insurance adjuster Peter Fuddy is examined by a network talk show devoted to dissecting the minutiae of his daily activities.
Alternative
“Dog Town” (Regency) Animated comedy about talking dogs. Steve Dildarian executive produces.
“Viva Variety” (20th Century Fox, Jersey Television) Live sketch show, based on the former Comedy Central show.
NBC
Drama
“Anne Rice’s Earth Angels” (20th Century Fox, Imagine) Angels walk the Earth, dedicated to saving human souls. Anne Rice, Toni Graphia, Thania St. John executive produce.
“Chestnut Hill” (NBC Studios) A retiring surgeon general takes over his dead son’s medical practice and raises his grandchildren as well. John Masius and Bob DeLaurentis executive produce.
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (Studios USA) Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, series offers criminals’ perspective of the law enforcement and judicial process. Dick Wolf and Rene Balcer executive produce.
“Spy Girl” (Warner Bros., Bel Air Entertainment) Based on true-life story about female P.I. in New York.
“U.C.” a k a “Undercover Blues” (20th Century Fox, Jersey TV) Elite undercover unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Shane Salerno, Michael Shamberg and Danny DeVito executive produce.
Untitled Peta Wilson Project a k a “Fair Play” (Warner Bros.) The star of “La Femme Nikita” takes on the true-life story of criminal investigator Sheila Balkan.
Untitled Tim Kring Project a k a “Female Coroner” (NBC Studios) No-nonsense female coroner in Boston.
Comedy
“A Better Understanding” (NBC Studios) A couple in their 40s whose lives oddly resemble the lives of their children, who are in their 20s.
“Emeril” (NBC Studios) A fictional behind-the-scenes comedy with TV chef Emeril Lagasse. Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth Thomason executive produce.
“Grown Men” (Warner Bros.) Divorced 38-year-old father moves into his 20-year-old son’s apartment.
“Inside Schwartz” (20th Century Fox) Male sports fanatic re-enters the dating scene after a long absence.
“Leap of Faith” (NBC Studios) A young woman who has a premarital fling re-examines her life priorities. Jenny Bick, Vic Kaplan executive produce.
“Neurotic Tendencies” (Paramount, Grammnet Prods.) New York woman falls in love with L.A. man and moves West with three friends in tow. Kelsey Grammer, Jeff McCarthy, Wayne Page and Arlene Sorkin executive produce.
“Scrubs” (NBC Studios, Touchstone) Comedy set in a medical school. Bill Lawrence executive produces.
“Tikiville” (20th Century Fox) Father reappears after 14-year absence to renew relationship with his child, much to the mother’s chagrin. Jamie Tarses, James Burrows and Dottie Dartland-Zicklin executive produce.
“True Love” (Paramount) Comedy about couples putting up with each other’s foibles. Judd Pillot and John Peaslee executive produce.
Untitled Chuck Lorre Project a k a “Last Dance” LAPD bomb squad expert falls in love with movie star recovering from alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center. Chuck Lorre executive produces. James Burrows directs.
Untitled Debbie Guittierez Project (Warner Bros.) Based on Ms. Guttierez’s life as a comedian.
Untitled Drew Carey Project (Warner Bros.) Accountant goes to work for a rock star and becomes enamored with show-biz glitz. Drew Carey, Sam Simon and Bruce Helford executive produce.
Untitled Jonathan Grof Project (NBC Studios) Ensemble family comedy where the woman is breadwinner and the man is an artist.
Untitled Julia Louis-Dreyfus Project (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach) Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays an offbeat lounge singer. Ms. Louis-Dreyfus and husband Brad Hall executive produce.
Untitled Reiser/Thomas Project (Columbia TriStar, Nuance Prods.) Two divorcees approach love optimistically. Paul Reiser, Paula Marshall and Betsy Thomas executive produce.
Untitled Sisqo Project (Big Ticket TV) R&B singer Sisqo plays a guy who wins a reality show and moves to Hollywood to be in TV sitcom. Also starring Bob Newhart.
Untitled Steven Koren Project (NBC Studios) Ensemble comedy told from the point of view of four single men whose best relationship is claiming friendship with two female pals.
“What Are You Thinking?” (Touchstone, Columbia TriStar) A married comedy writer works on a late-night TV talk show, starring Hank Azaria. Mr. Azaria and Seth Kurland executive produce.
Alternative
“Trial & Error” (Studios USA) An unscripted reality/drama series that follows the professional and personal lives of five first-year assistant district attorneys in a medium-size city. Dick Wolf, Bill Guttentag and David Kanter executive produce.
UPN
Drama
“The Dead Zone” (Lions Gate Television) Adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Michael Piller, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan executive produce.
“Jen-X” (Spelling Television) 20-something woman discovers she has been empowered with cybernetic enhancements, but adversaries want to exploit her. Duncan Kennedy executive produces.
“Mystery Men” (Viacom Prods., Dark Horse) Based on the comic book series “Mystery Men.” Chris Black executive produces.
Untitled Michael Steinberg Project a k a “The Immigrant” (DreamWorks) An original perspective of the young immigrant experience in America (in development for midseason). Michael Steinberg co-executive produces.
Untitled Morgan Gendel Project a k a “Stop at Nothing” (Spelling Television) Two wealthy socialites work undercover for the FBI. Morgan Gendel executive produces.
Untitled Wes Craven Project (Craven/Maddelena Films, Viacom Prods.) Based on the original Wes Craven motion picture “Ghost in the Machine.” Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena and David Gerber executive produce.
Comedy
“Life as We Know It” (Paramount) Three 20-something male buddies who avoid traditional 9-to-5 jobs at all costs.
“One on One” (Greenblatt Janollari) Antics of a precocious 13-year-old who comes to live with her single father. Eunetta Boone executive produces.
“Doomsday” (Film Roman) Radio shock jock Howard Stern’s long-anticipated sci-fi comedy.
Untitled Mike Epps Project (Paramount) Comedian Mike Epps stars as a 25-year-old who taps into his entrepreneurial side after spending years slacking with his buddies (including rapper Ice Cube). Devon Shepard executive produces.
“Whatever” (The Greenblatt Janollari Studio) A single-camera comedy written solely by 19-year-old writer/actor/comedian, Jarrett Grode, offering an authentic and edgy look at high school life.
Alternative
Untitled Tim Beggy Project (Castle Rock Ent.) A “friendly” ambush-style game show with MTV “Road Rules” cast member Tim Beggy as host.
The WB
Drama
“Deep” (Spelling Television) Updated version of the 1960s TV series, “The Mod Squad,” with recent LAPD graduates entering an undercover unit. Peter Steinfeld, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent executive produce.
“Dragon Riders of Pern” (20th Century Fox, Regency) Sci-fi series, based on the books of Anne McCaffrey, in a land where dragons and people peacefully coexist.
“Glory Days” (Miramax Television) Burned-out writer bolts the big city for a return to his small-town home. Kevin Williamson executive produces.
“Murphy’s Dozen” (Warner Bros., New Line) Family with 12 kids.
“Smallville” (Warner Bros., Tollin-Robbins) Adventures of 15-year-old Clark Kent as he starts to learn of his superpowers. Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Miles Millar executive produce.
Untitled Clark Bros. Project (Warner Bros.) In vein of “The Partridge Family,” show centers on six musical brothers who move from Florida to L.A. to see
k fame and fortune. Michael Piller, Jeff Reno and Ron Osborn executive produce.
Comedy
“Bad Haircut” (Warner Bros.) Based on Tom Perotta’s collection of stories about kids coming of age in ’70s and ’80s New Jersey. Rob Greenberg, Tom Perotta and Peyton Reed executive produce.
“Boyer Brothers” (Michigan J. Frog Prods., Will Vinton Studios) Computer-generated comedy about two underachieving brothers and their dysfunctional family.
“Cedric the Coach” (Artists Television Group) Cedric the Entertainer (“Kings of Comedy,” and now a Budweiser pitchman) takes his turn as coach of an NBA team.
“Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” (Michigan J. Frog Productions, ATG) Remake of the ’70s Saturday morning series about a female dynamic duo. Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft executive produce.
“The Jamie Foxx Variety Show” (Warner Bros.) A sketch comedy show hosted by Mr. Foxx.
“Gene Pool” (Columbia TriStar) Scientist who balances work in his lab with raising his smart young daughter. Mathew Carlson executive produces.
“I Do” (Warner Bros.) Four married couples who are best friends deal with life and love when one holdout bachelor becomes engaged.
“In Your Dreams” (Paramount) Widowed, single father supporting two daughters. Jonathan Katz executive produces.
“Maybe I’m Adopted” (Warner Bros., Touchstone) A 15-year-old girl starts finding her identity, only to realize her family is nuts. Suzanne Martin executive produces.
“The Misadventures of Fiona Plum” (Studios USA) Young witch from England moves to America to work as a nanny for a family of mortals. Jonathan Prince executive produces.
“My Family Is Whacked” (Artists Television Group) A family comedy. Bob Brush executive produces.
“Sally” (20th Century Fox, Acme Prods.) Country crooner Reba McEntire plays a Texas housewife who discovers her husband has a pregnant mistress and her daughter is pregnant by the star of the high school football team.
“Slacker Cats” (Michigan J. Frog Prods., Will Vinton Studios) Foamation series about talking kitties.
Untitled Weitz Bros. Project (DreamWorks) A new take on “The Odd Couple,” with a British man becoming roommates with a “regular American guy.” Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Danny Zucker executive produce.
“Witchright Hall” (Viacom) A spinoff series from “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” which focuses on her cousin Amanda’s initiation at a school that teaches witches how to behave in a world of mortals.
“Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star” (Warner Bros.) A 19-year-old boy starts a garage band and discovers achieving fame is not as easy as it looks. John Riggi executive produces.
Alternative
“Lost in the USA” (Bunim-Murray Prods., ATG) Contestants race across the country to win up to $3 million dollars in prizes.
“That’s Incredible” (Studios USA, LMNO Prods.) A revival of the 1980s ABC reality show, which featured daredevil stunts and other unusual phenomena. Alan Landsburg executive produces.
Untitled Jamie Kennedy Project (Michigan J. Frog Prods.) Pilot for a reality/comedy series starring Jamie Kennedy.