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Sep 30, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Comedy
MICHAEL J. FOX PROJECT
Touchstone Television; DreamWorks Television Lottery Hill Entertainment. Put pilot. Auspices: Michael J. Fox (EP/W-pilot), Mitch Hurwitz (EP/W-pilot). Logline: Comedy series about a professional hockey player with a big personality who winds up spending more time than he bargained for with his family when he’s forced into retirement.
DON TODD PROJECT
Warner Bros. Television; The Tannenbaum Co. Script. Auspices: Don Todd (EP/W-pilot), Eric Tannenbaum (EP N/W), Kim Haswell (EP N/W). Logline: Comedy series about a man whose happiness is challenged by his dealings with his wife’s sister and her lowbrow family.
Drama
B.O.S.S.
Paramount Network Television. Script. Auspices: John Sacret Young (EP/W-pilot). Logline: Dramatic series set against the police department’s Bureau of Special Services division. The group comprises mostly women vice officers who investigate prostitution, drugs, corporate crimes and so forth.
JAMES DUFF PROJECT
Warner Bros. Television; Shephard Robin. Script. Auspices: James Duff (EP/W-pilot), Michael Robin (EP N/W), Greer Shephard (EP N/W). Logline: Dramatic series set in a district attorney’s office.
CHRIS McQUARRIE PROJECT
Touchstone Television. Script + penalty. Auspices: Chris McQuarrie (EP/W-pilot), Heather McQuarrie (EP N/W). Logline: Comedic drama series about a couple who solve mysteries as a hobby.
THE STREET LAWYER
Touchstone Television. Put pilot. Auspices: Brian Koppelman & David Levien (EP/W-pilot), David Gernert (EP N/W), John Grisham (EP N/W). Logline: Dramatic series based on John Grisham’s book of the same name about a lawyer from a privileged background who is on track to becoming a millionaire at a prestigious law firm. After he’s taken hostage in his plush offices he leaves the big time for the streets where his attacker once lived and where society’s powerless need an advocate for justice. But a secret from his old firm surfaces and turns his former partners into his bitter enemies.
U.S. MARSHALS
Warner Bros. Television; Kopelson Productions. Put pilot. Auspices: Arnold Kopelson (EP N/W), Anne Kopelson (EP N/W), Matthew Gross (Co-EP N/W), Lillah McCarthy (Co-EP N/W), Larry Ferguson (W-pilot). Logline: Dramatic series based on the feature film. The series deals with marshals who work to solve crimes at the federal level.
Comedy
KANE
King World. Script rolled from 2002-03 season. Auspices: Howard Stern (EP N/W), Ron Zimmerman (W-pilot). Logline: Comedy series about an eccentric Southern family whose lives become even more interesting when their long-lost mother returns.
MY FAMILY
CBS Productions. Script. Auspices: Fred Barron (EP/W-pilot). Logline: Adaptation of the British comedy series about an embittered dentist and his conflict-filled relationship with his family.
PAMELA NORRIS PROJECT
Unattached. Script. Auspices: Pamela Norris (EP/W-pilot). Logline: A quirky ensemble comedy series about two couples and their best friends, who are single.
Drama
808
Paramount. Script + penalty. Auspices: Simon West (EP/D-pilot), Christian Gudegast (P/W-pilot), Paul Scheuring (P/W-pilot), Jib Polhemus (P). Logline: Dramatic series about an unconventional cop from the mainland United States who moves to Hawaii to work as an FBI agent at the Hawaii bureau.
PAUL ATTANASIO LEGAL PROJECT
Universal Network Television. Pilot + 6 episodes. Auspices: Paul Attanasio (EP/W-pilot), Ed Zuckerman (EP/W-pilot), Katie Jacobs (EP N/W). Logline: Legal drama set in the year 2053. Topical legal issues as they will be handled in the American justice system 50 years from now.
COAST GUARD PROJECT
Spelling Television; Radiant Productions. Script. Auspices: Wolfgang Petersen (EP N/W), Aaron Spelling (EP N/W), E. Duke Vincent (EP N/W), Joe Batteer & John Rice (W-pilot). Logline: A dramatic series about the U.S. Coast Guard.
COLD CASES PROJECT
Warner Bros. Television; Jerry Bruckheimer Productions; CBS Productions. Put pilot. Auspices: Meredith Stiehm (EP/W-pilot), Jerry Bruckheimer (EP N/W), Jonathan Littman (EP N/W). Logline: Dramatic series about a female investigator who specializes in cold cases.
MUSIC CONSERVATORY PROJECT
20th Century Fox; Imagine Television. Script. Auspices: Brian Grazer (EP N/W), Ron Howard (EP N/W), David Nevins (EP N/W), Chris Gerolmo (W-pilot). Logline: A dramatic series that poses the question, What if Ozzy Osbourne were a professor at a music conservatory?
WASHINGTON GENERAL
Pariah. Script. Auspices: John Masius (EP/W-pilot), Gavin Polone (EP N/W). Logline: A tonally dark medical drama set in a hospital in Washington.
Comedy
DICKHOUSE PRODUCTIONS PROJECT
Dickhouse Productions. Put pilot. Auspices: Spike Jonze (EP), Johnny Knoxville (EP), Jeff Tremaine (EP). Logline: Concept to be determined for a scripted comedy series or reality series be to created by Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Jeff Tremaine.
KROFFT SUPERSTARS
Unattached. Script. Auspices: Sid Krofft (EP N/W), Marty Krofft (EP N/W). Logline: A half-hour remake of the 1970s variety series that aired on ABC, which featured a combination of musical groups and rotating series/sketches.
THE SETH SHOW
20th Century Fox; Acme Productions. Script. Auspices: Brian Hargrove & Jack Kenny (EP/W-pilot), Seth MacFarlane (EP/W-pilot), Michael Hanel (EP N/W), Mindy Schultheis (EP N/W). Logline: Live-action comedy series based on the surreal real-life experiences of Seth MacFarlane in his work, dating and family life.
Drama
STEVEN BOCHCO PROJECT
Paramount Network Television; Steven Bochco Productions. Put pilot (Possibly a multi-episode commitment). Auspices: Steven Bochco (EP/W-pilot), Matt Olmstead (EP/W-pilot), Nicholas Wootton (EP/W-pilot). Logline: Dramatic series about a New York City cop from 2003 who is transported in time to the New York of 2069.
The break
20th Century Fox; Imagine Television. Pilot + 6 episodes. Auspices: John Stockwell (EP/W-pilot/D-pilot), Brian Grazer (EP N/W), Ron Howard (EP N/W), David Nevins (EP N/W). Logline: Dramatic series about a cop who returns home to Hawaii to enforce the law in the Honolulu Police Department’s Crime Reduction Unit and reconnect with his troubled teenage son.
KAREN ESSEX PROJECT
American Zoetrope; Viacom Productions. Script. Auspices: Francis Ford Coppola (EP N/W), Maira Suro (EP N/W), Karen Essex (W-pilot). Logline: “Alias” meets “True Lies” in this dramatic series about a woman who leads a double life-as a soccer mom and a spy.
THE LISTENER
20th Century Fox. Script. Auspices: Remi Aubuchon (EP/W-pilot), Rob Dwek (EP N/W). Logline: Dramatic series about a secret agent who was born with an extraordinary sense of hearing. It works wonders for his professional life and wreaks havoc on his personal life.
SKIN
Warner Bros. Television; Bruckheimer Films. Put pilot. Auspices: Jim Leonard (EP/W-Pilot), Jerry Bruckheimer (EP N/W), Jonathan Littman (EP N/W). Logline: A “Romeo and Juliet” story set in modern-day Los Angeles. His family is the leading producer of adult entertainment; her family is headed by her father, the county district attorney, whose mission is to bust the porn king.
Comedy
ROB GREENBERG & SUZANNE MARTIN PROJECT
Warner Bros. Television. Put pilot. Auspices: Rob Greenberg (EP/W-pilot), Suzanne Martin (EP/W-pilot). Logline: A romantic comedy series with elements of magic realism.
THE MONKEES
19 Television; NBC Studios. Script. Auspices: Bill Oakley & Josh Elvis Weinstein (EP/W-pilot), Simon Fuller (EP N/W), Nigel Lythgoe (EP N/W). Logline: Comedy/reality series based on the 1960s television series about a pop group whose members live together.
THE ORTEGAS FKA KUMARS AT NO. 42
NBC Studios; Pariah. Script. Auspices: Wally Wolodarsky (EP/W-pilot), Gavin Polone (EP N/W). Logline: American adaptation of the British comedy series about a young man who hosts a TV talk show that broadcasts from the house he shares with his parents. In the American version, the son of the Ortegas, an upper middle-class Mexican American family living in the San Fernando Valley, builds a TV studio attached to th
e family home, and his celebrity guests become ensnared in whatever drama is unfolding in the house on their way to the studio.
Drama
THE EAGLE AND THE ROSE
NBC Studios; Reveille. Script. Auspices: Ben Silverman (EP N/W), Adam Gibgot (W-pilot/EP). Logline: Dramatic series based on the autobiography of Rosemary Althea, an English single-mum-barmaid-turned-medium. With the assistance of her spirit familiar, a Native American ghost, she learns how to heal, astral-travel, perform soul rescues and predict the future.
LIGHTHOUSE
Spelling Television. Script. Auspices: Carlos Coto (EP/W-pilot), Aaron Spelling (EP N/W), E. Duke Vincent (EP N/W). Logline: Set in a mysterious think tank, the series follows a group of brilliant experts who investigate wide-ranging problems in the areas of justice, medicine and national security.
ROD LURIE PROJECT
DreamWorks Television; Touchstone Television. Script + penalty. Auspices: Rod Lurie (EP/W-pilot), Marc Frydman (EP N/W). Logline: Dramatic series that centers on a new female FBI agent.
NEVADA
Warner Bros. Television; Pariah. Script. Auspices: Gavin Polone (EP N/W), Walon Green (W-pilot). Logline: Dramatic series about the oldest and wealthiest family in Las Vegas. The project has soap-opera elements.
Comedy
ALL ABOUT THE ANDERSONS
Unattached. Script. Auspices: Adam Glass (P/W-pilot), Anthony Anderson (P). Cast: Anthony Anderson (series regular). Logline: Series based on comedian Anthony Anderson’s experiences as an out-of-work actor who took his 8-year-old son back home with him to live with his parents.
The COURTSHIP OF EDDIE’S FATHER
Pariah. Script. Auspices: Gavin Polone (EP N/W). Logline: Remake of the classic comedy series about a magazine publisher/widower who is raising his young son. This version will be shot in a single-camera format.
ANDY FICKMAN PROJECT
20th Century Fox; Acme Productions. Script. Auspices: Andy Fickman (EP/-W-pilot), Michael Hanel (EP N/W), Mindy Schultheis (EP N/W). Logline: Comedy series about a Ferris Bueller-type character who becomes the vice principal of a high school.
DAN FOGELMAN PROJECT
Michigan J. Frog Productions. Script. Auspices: Dan Fogelman (EP/W-pilot). Logline: Series about a teenage boy from the New Jersey suburbs who moves to Los Angeles and lives with an African American family in an urban neighborhood.
Drama

BOB BRUSH PROJECT
Warner Bros. Television; The Tannenbaum Co. Script. Auspices: Bob Brush (EP/W-pilot), Eric Tannenbaum (EP N/W), Kim Haswell (EP N/W). Logline: Dramatic series about a family that travels through time.
MATT CIRULNICK PROJECT
Warner Bros. Television; Krantz & Co. Script. Auspices: Matt Cirulnick (EP/W-pilot), Tony Krantz (EP N/W). Logline: Dramatic series about a young man who collaborates with the police to bring down the city’s leading crime boss.
McG PROJECT
Warner Bros. Television. Put pilot. Auspices: Joseph McGinty Mitchell (EP/D-pilot). Logline: Concept to be determined for a pilot to be directed by Joseph McGinty Mitchell a k a McG (“Fastlane”).
TEEN ANGELS
Spelling Television. Script. Auspices: Denise Di Novi (EP N/W), Aaron Spelling (EP N/W), E. Duke Vincent (EP N/W), Daniel Cerone (W-pilot). Logline: Four imperfect young people who have died and hope to ascend to heaven help troubled young people at a crossroads in their lives.
Comedy
BRENT GOLDBERG & DAVID WAGNER PROJECT
Warner Bros. Television. Script + penalty. Auspices: Brent Goldberg & David Wagner (EP/W-pilot), Lowell Mate (EP N/W). Logline: Comedy series about two bachelor roommates whose lives are turned upside down when one of them gets married and the wife moves in with them.
Drama
SILVIO HORTA PROJECT
Viacom Productions. Script. Auspices: Silvio Horta (EP/W-pilot), Gina Matthews (EP N/W). Logline: Action-adventure drama with a sense of humor about a cybernetically enhanced young man.
JORGE ZAMACONA PROJECT
Unattached. Script. Auspices: Jorge Zamacona (EP/W-pilot). Logline: Series about an extreme-sports rescue team.