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Network pilots going to the (talking) dogs

Apr 30, 2001  •  Post A Comment

The broadcast networks and studios have their pilot plates full this development season. Offerings include ideas based on concepts both old and new, from a “modern-day `Rockford Files”’ and a “Moonlighting”-like dramedy to werewolves, talking dogs and more new reality series. Here’s how the comedy, drama and alternative programming pilots lists look heading into the upfront.
ABC
Drama
“Alias” (Touchstone) A woman juggles her life as a college student and spy. J.J. Abrams executive-produces.
“The Big House” a k a “Being Brewster” (Touchstone) Family with seven kids, described as “`Eight Is Enough’ with an edge.” Kerry Ehron and Nena Rodrigue executive-produce. Script funding came from the Family Friendly Programming Forum, the consortium of 40-plus advertisers behind the similar script development of The WB’s hit freshman drama, “Gilmore Girls.”
“The Court” (Touchstone) Follows clerks working in the U.S. Supreme Court, starring Sally Field and Alicia Witt. Oliver Goldstick and Rob Scheidlinger executive-produce.
“Metropolis” (Granada, 20th Century Fox, Touchstone) Soap about six friends five years after graduation from college. Starring Keith Carradine and 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 a law practice catering to the economically disadvantaged. Steven Bochco, Kevin Hooks 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 Charles Randolph Project (20th Century Fox, Jersey TV) A 20-something woman is a rising star at a 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, starring John Cleese and Tim Dutton. Peter Tolan and Lauren Corrao executive-produce.
“Kiss the Bride” (Artists Television Group) Newlyweds return from their honeymoon to find their best friends are breaking up. Jeffrey Klarik executive-produces.
“Man in the Kitchen” (Touchstone, DreamWorks) Jeffrey Tambor stars as a TV cooking show host who is paired with a woman (Kellie Martin) he doesn’t like. 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.
“The Web” (Touchstone) Behind the scenes at a television network. Peter Tolan and Lauren Corrao executive-produce.
Alternative
“The Runner” (Touchstone Television, Live Planet Prods., Pearl Street Prods.) A single contestant (the runner) crisscrosses specific geographic areas in a race across the country (in 30 days) and against an entire nation of average-citizen and professional bounty hunters. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Roger Goodman, Sean Bailey and Chris Moore executive-produce.
“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 relationships between clients and lawyers. David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe executive-produce.
Midseason
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 Ronn & Scherick Project (Touchstone) Billed as modern-day “Rockford Files.” Jay Scherick, David Ronn and Nena Rodrigue 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.) Set in real time, the series 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.) 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 San Francisco hospital.
“HRT” (Columbia TriStar, CBS Prods.) Adventures of a hostage rescue team.
“Hudson County” (Artists Television Group) Lawyer wife (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, played by James Cromwell (“Babe,” “RKO 281”) returns home to reconnect with family. John Wells and Lydia Woodward executive-produce.
“Wolf Lake” (CBS Prods., Big Ticket Tele.) Dramatic adventure series about werewolves in Seattle, starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Tim Matheson.
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.
“The Kennedys” (Columbia TriStar/Granada) Randy Quaid heads 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 wrestling with her dysfunctional family in a small town.
“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
“The Amazing Race” a k a “Race Around the World” (Touchstone, CBS Prods., Bruckheimer Films) Eleven two-person teams race around the world–facing a variety of physical and mental challenges along the way–to be the first to reach the final destination and win a $1 million grand prize. Set to air in summer 2001. Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram Van Munster executive-produce.
“Big Brother 2” (Endemol Ent., Arnold Shapiro Prods.) A revived summer 2001 version of the Dutch format reality series that originally premiered on CBS last summer. Essentially, the format remains the same: Contestants are required to live in a house together for several months. But housemates rather than viewers will vote each other out. Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner executive-produce.
“Love Stories” (View Film) Reality-based relationship show that follows three actual couples dealing with different issues. The series will show each couple working through its differences in a documentary style. Harry Gant and Joe Gantz executive-produce.
“U.S. Justice” (Omnibus Prods., Lion Television) Follows actual cases as they go through all phases of the judicial system.
Midseason
“Ellen, Again” (Artists Television Group) In her return to network TV, Ellen DeGeneres plays the CEO of a dot-com that folds while she is visiting her family in Louisiana, where she then decides to stay. Mitch Hurwitz, Carol Leifer and Ellen DeGeneres executive-produce.
Fox
Drama
“American Soap” (Regency, 20th Century Fox) Young man enrolls in a prestigious university and stumbles into 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 only work if they stay together.
“Close to Home” (Warner Bros.) Overachieving 19-year-old woman 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 begins work at 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 woman meet at a university of criminology and join forces to solve 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 with a man who investigates romantic infidelities, a la “Moonlighting.” Glen Gordon Caron, 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 settles down in the judgmental community of Plymouth, Mass.
“Greg the Bunny” (20th Century Fox) A sock puppet named Greg the Bunny hosts a children’s TV show, and his agent/roommate Jimmy is hellbent on making him a superstar. Steve Levitan, Neil Moritz, Mark Rossen, Dan Milano, Spencer Chinoy executive-produce.
“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–and the audience votes on the ending. Chuck 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.
Undeclared (DreamWorks TV in association with Apatow Productions) A college comedy starring Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam and Monica Keena. Judd Apatow executive-produces.
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
“Endgame” (Fox Television Studios) Hybrid scripted/reality series, described as “Twin Peaks” meets MTV’s “Real World,” which brings a group of people together to a real small town to solve a fictional mystery. The town is a mixture of actual locals and actors who have been hired to perpetuate the mystery. George Verschoor executive-produces.
“Dog Town” (Regency) Animated comedy about talking dogs. Steve Dildarian executive-produces.
“Viva Variety” a k a “Reno 911” (20th Century Fox, Jersey Television) Live sketch show based on the former Comedy Central show.
Midseason
“Honey Vicaro” (20th Century Fox, Regency) Jenny McCarthy returns to TV as 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.
NBC
Drama
“Anne Rice’s Earth Angels” (20th Century Fox, Imagine) Angels walk the Earth, dedicated to saving human souls. Anne Rice, Toni Graphia and 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.
“Crossing Jordan” (NBC Studios) No-nonsense female coroner in Boston.
“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 the true-life story about a female private investigator in New York, starring Jenny Garth.
“U.C.” a k a “Undercover Blues” (20th Century Fox, J
ersey 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 “Le Femme Nikita” takes on the true-life story of criminal investigator Sheila Balkan.
Comedy
“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.
“True Love” (Paramount) Comedy about couples putting up with each other’s foibles. Judd Pillot and John Peaslee executive-produce.
“Last Dance” (Warner Bros.) LAPD bomb squad expert (David Keith) falls in love with movie star (Paget Brewster) recovering from alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center. Chuck Lorre executive-produces. James Burrows directs.
Untitled Debbie Gutierrez Project (Warner Bros.) Based on Ms. Gutierrez’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 optimistically approach love. 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 team up with white-bread comedian Bob Newhart to co-star in a fictional TV sitcom.
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
“Destination Space” a k a “Destination Mir” (Mark Burnett Prods.) Mr. Burnett, creator and executive-producer of “Survivor,” is working on salvaging the concept after the space station Mir went into a planned de-orbital crash into the Pacific Ocean last March. He and NBC are still working on finding 15 contestants who train and compete for a space shot on Russian-made Soyuz rocket.
“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.
Midseason
“A Better Understanding” (NBC Studios) A couple in their 40s whose lives oddly resemble the lives of their children, who are in their 20s.
“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.
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.
“Stop at Nothing” (Spelling Television) An adrenaline-filled action-adventure. Aaron Spelling, Morgan Gendel and E. Duke Vincent executive-produce.
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.
Comedy
“Life As We Know It” (Paramount) Three 20-something male buddies 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 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
“Ambush TV” (Castle Rock Ent.) A “friendly” ambush-style game show with MTV “Road Rules” cast member Tim Beggy as host.
“Manhunt” (Paramount, World Wrestling Federation Ent.) A summer 2001 reality series set in Hawaii, in which a team of WWF “bounty hunters” will attempt to capture contestants who are their “prey.” Vince McMahon and Chris Crowe executive-produce.
“Single Girls” (Stone-Stanley Ent.) Based on British format, this summer 2001 reality series has been described as “`Sex and the City’ [HBO] turned inside out,” in which four single women battle each other for Mr. Right while being aided by a team of experts.
The WB
Drama
“Dead Last” (Warner Bros.) A collection of rock band members who are cursed with seeing ghosts. The show is euphemistically billed as “Scooby Doo” meets “The Sixth Sense.”
“Deep” (Spelling Television) Updated version of the 1968 TV series “The Mod Squad,” with recent LAPD graduates entering an undercover unit. Peter Steinfeld, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent executive-produce.
“Glory Days” (Miramax Television) Burned-out writer bolts the big city and returns 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 discovers 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 seek 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,” now a Budweiser pitchman), takes a 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.
“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.
“The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star” (Warner Bros.) A young man starts a garage band and discovers achieving fame is not as easy as it looks. John Riggi executive-produces.
Alternative
“Elimidate Deluxe” (Telepictures Prods.) A summer 2001 game show, billed as “Survivor” meets “The Dating Game,” in which a female contestant dates a number of different men until she finds the one she loves. Potentially complements a daytime syndicated version of the show.
“Lost in the USA” (Bunim-Murray Prods., ATG) Contestants race across the country to win up to $3 million in prizes.
“No Boundaries” (Lions Gate Television, ConnQuest Prods., Ford Motor Co.) Based on a Norway series format (“71 Degrees North”) where a group of 15 contestants compete in a rugged outdoor voyage. In lieu of The WB paying a license fee, production costs are being underwritten by Ford Motor Co. in exchange for commercial time and product placement.
“That’s Incredible” (Studios USA, LMNO Prods.) A revival of the ’80s 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.
Sources: Tvtracker.com, broadcast networks, studios and producers.