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2002-03 season comedy pilot pickups

Feb 11, 2002  •  Post A Comment

(up-to-date list of sitcoms formally ordered by the broadcast networks)
“8 Simple Rules …” (Touchstone Television)-A protective dad deals with his teen-age daughters; based on W. Bruce Cameron’s book, “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teen-age Daughter.” Tracy Gamble is writer and executive producer; Tom Shadyac and Flody Suarez are executive producers.
“Dexter Prep” (Touchstone Television)-A comedy about an all-male boarding school. Paul Simms is writer and executive producer.
“The Funkhousers” (Touchstone Television, Jersey Television)-A comedy about an old-fashioned but odd extended family. Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein are writers and executive producers; Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and John Landraf are executive producers.
“Regular Joe” (Touchstone Television)-About a happy empty-nester and his wife, whose daughter returns home with a baby in tow. David Litt is writer and executive producer; Nina Wass and Gene Stein are executive producers.
Untitled Bonnie Hunt project (Touchstone Television)-A family comedy starring Bonnie Hunt. Ms. Hunt and Don Lake are writers and executive producers.
Untitled couples project (Touchstone Television)-Intertwined relationships of three 30-something couples. Jay Scherick and David Ronn are writers and executive producers; Nena Rodrigue is executive producer.
Untitled Danny Comden project (Touchstone Television)-Unorthodox private detective who comes from a family of by-the-book police officers. Jay Scherick and David Ronn are writers and executive producers; Nena Rodrigue is executive producer.
Untitled John Ridley project (Touchstone Television) Billed as an interracial take on “Mad About You,” a husband deals with his outgoing wife and her extensive family. John Ridley is writer and producer; Nina Wass and Gene Stein are executive producers.
Untitled Terri Minsky project (Touchstone Television)-A less-than-glamorous 25-year-old office temp unexpectedly lands a high-profile secretarial job that puts her at odds with her more glamorous and highly competitive co-workers. Terri Minsky is writer and executive producer; Nina Wass and Gene Stein are executive producers.
“The Lunchbox Chronicles” (Studios USA)-A widowed mother of two kids fights a daily battle to keep her life from spinning out of control; cast-contingent order; Bill Diamond is writer and executive producer.
“Still Standing” (20th Century Fox Television)-A blue-collar family finds itself the only traditional family on the block. Diane Burroughs and Joey Gutierrez are writers and executive producers.
“The Grubbs” (Studios USA)-Centers around a blue-collar family with a long history of failure and a teen-age son named Clark who falls in love with his beautiful new teacher. Based on the British TV show “The Grimleys,” created by Jed Mercuriou. Josh Sternin and Jeff Ventimilia are writers and executive producers.
Untitled Ricky Blitt project (20th Century Fox Television)-A hyper-neurotic slacker attempts to change his life after his childhood sweetheart returns home. Ricky Blitt is writer and executive producer.
“Life of the Party” (CBS Productions/20th Century Fox Television)-Nathan Lane headlines as a former TV star who wins a seat in Congress. Jeffrey Richman is writer and executive producer.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (Brad Grey Television/Playtone Productions)-Starring Nia Vardalos, comedy based on her experiences as a Greek American as first told in her motion picture of the same title. Ms. Vardalos and Marsh McCall are writers and executive producers; Tom Hanks and Brad Grey are executive producers.
“Two Families” (Warner Bros. Television)-A recently widowed man and woman in their late 40s to early 50s begin a romance that is occasionally hindered by the needs of their dysfunctional children. Chuck Lorre is writer and executive producer.
“A.U.S.A.” (20th Century Fox Television/NBC Studios)- Single-camera comedy about a group of young lawyers in the Assistant U.S. Attorneys office. Richard Appel is writer and executive producer.
“Good Morning Miami” (Warner Bros. Television)-An ambitious television executive becomes the executive producer of the lowest-rated morning program in Miami; 13-episode commitment; “Will & Grace” producing team David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are writers and executive producers.
“Hidden Hills” (NBC Studios/ Susanne Daniels and Kate Juergens’ untitled production company)-A family show about a married couple and their three kids living in the suburbs. Ric Swartzlander and Peter Segal are writers and executive producers. Ms. Daniels and Ms. Juergens are executive producers.
“Leave Me Alone” (NBC Studios/Happy Madison Productions)-A male buddy comedy, starring Norm Macdonald and Jon Lovitz. Tim Herlihy is writer and executive producer. Adam Sandler is executive producer.
“Life at Five Feet” (Pariah Productions)-Alex Borstein stars as an everyday woman who gets a job ghostwriting a column for a supermodel. Maya Forbes is writer and executive producer; Gavin Polone is executive producer.
“Romeo Fire” (Warner Bros. Television/NBC Studios)-Focuses on a group of firefighters in a small town that has not had a fire in years; 13-episode commitment; Greg Malins is writer and executive producer.
Untitled Chevy Chase project (NBC Studios/Broadway Video)-Mr. Chase stars as a father of three young daughters in an updated take on “My Three Sons.” Richard Dresser and Tom Leopold are writers and executive producers. Lorne Michaels is executive producer.
Untitled Jon Groff project (NBC Studios)-Told from a decidedly male perspective, about a guy who leaves his high-pressure job to become a teacher. Jonathan Groff is writer and executive producer.
Untitled Mark Reisman project (Paramount Network Television/NBC Studios/Grammnet)-Dennis Farina stars as a trucking business owner who is very protective of his daughter, especially in dealing with his new son-in-law. Mark Reisman is writer and executive producer; Kelsey Grammer is executive producer.
Untitled Tim Doyle project (NBC Studios/ Conaco)-Stars Greg Giraldo as a stand-up comic and single dad who has a male caretaker watch his 2-year-old daughter while he’s doing his schtick on the club circuit at night. Tim Doyle is writer and executive producer. Conan O’Brien and A.J. Morewitz are executive producers.
“Brave New World” (Turner Television)-Family comedy about home-schooled kids who return to public schools. Mark O’Keefe is executive producer.
Crazy Granny project (Turner Television)-She’s old, wild and crazy-and she’s moving back in with her stick-in-the-mud daughter and grandkids. Kayla Alpert is writer and executive producer.
“Do Over” (Paramount Network Television/The Littlefield Co.)-A man gets the chance to return to the 1980s and relive high school. Rick Weiner and Kenny Schwartz are writers; Warren Littlefield is executive producer.
“Horrid Little Girls” (Warner Bros. Television/ Tollin/Robbins Productions)-Delta Burke stars as the headmistress of a girls prep school. Ryan Murphy is writer and executive producer; Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins are executive producers.
“House of Cards” (Warner Bros. Television)-Improv/sketch comedy series starring Jeff Davis. Bruce Helford, Sam Simon and Dan Petterson are executive producers.
“Houseblend” (Paramount)- Two friends-a man and a woman-decide to bring their homes together. Ann Flett-Giordano and Chuck Ranberg are executive producers.
“In My Opinion” (Turner Television)-Comedy revolves around a female advice columnist. Lona Williams is writer and executive producer; Susanne Daniels and Kate Juergens are executive producing.
“Prep” (Turner Television)-Crazy antics within a co-ed boarding school. Tommy Lynch, Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux are executive producers.
“This Time” (Turner Television)-A Latino family as imagined by writer/creator Peter Murietta. Howard Klein and David Miner are executive producers.
Untitled Amanda Bynes project (Warner Bros. Television/ Tollin/Robbins Productions)-The 15-year-old Nickelodeon star is featured as a teen-age gi
rl who moves in with her older, independent sister. Dan Schneider, Wil Calhoun, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola are executive producers.
Sources: TV networks
*CBS and Fox have yet to formally make their remaining comedy pilot pickups.
Note: UPN is still in the midst of the development process, with new UPN Entertainment President Dawn Tarnofsky-Ostroff expected to make formal comedy pilot pickups within the next few weeks.