Mapping Pilots’ Potential

May 5, 2003  •  Post A Comment

This week will rank among the busiest of the year for network executives as they huddle in screening rooms, making new series selections and putting finishing touches on their fall schedules.
In advance of next week’s upfront presentations, where the networks will present their new lineups to advertisers, TelevisionWeek has compiled an up-to-date list of pilot projects under consideration by the broadcast networks.
Much has changed since development season got under way earlier this year, so we’ve indicated projects that have been pushed to midseason and those that have already been given series orders. We’ve also updated credits, major casting deals and loglines.
Once you make like a network executive and fly through the pilot list, keep your eye out for TelevisionWeek’s Guide to the Upfronts in next week’s issue. It will include Leslie Ryan’s network-by-network schedule prognostications.
ABC drama
* 10-8 (Spelling TV/Touchstone Television) About rookie cops and their training officers at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. EP: Jorge Zamacona (writer), Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent.
* 111 Gramercy Park (Warner Bros. Television) Revolves around the politics, drama and upstairs/downstairs relationships within a posh New York apartment building. EP: Bob Brush (writer), Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.
* Better Days (Warner Bros./Tollin-Robbins) Recovering alcoholic dad loses his big-firm job and becomes a storefront lawyer. EP: Kevin Falls (writer), Peter O’Fallon (director), Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola.
* The Circle a k a Alaska (Touchstone TV) Alaskan state trooper and his team investigate murders and crimes unique to the frozen tundra of Alaska. EP: John August (writer).
* The D.A. (Warner Bros.) Follows Los Angeles assistant district attorneys as they solve crimes. EP: James Duff (writer), Greer Shephard and Michael Robin (director).
* Karen Sisco (Universal Television/Jersey TV) Carla Gugino stars as a federal marshal in the series based on the movie Out of Sight. EP: Jason Smilovic (writer), John Landgraf, Danny DeVito, Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg.
* Lines of Duty (DreamWorks TV/Touchstone TV) Revolves around ambitious new agents as they join a regional FBI office to fight organized crime. Stars Leslie Bibb, Leslie Hope and David Paymer. EP: Rod Lurie (writer) and Marc Frydman
(13-episode order).
* Naked Hotel (Warner Bros.) Set at a luxury hotel in the Caribbean. EP: Armyan Bernstein (writer) (midseason).
* The Partners(Touchstone TV) Focuses on an unlikely pair of female undercover cops. EP: Kerry Ehrin (writer), Nena Rodrigue and Jim Parriott.
* Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital (Sony Pictures/ Touchstone TV) Doctors work in a haunted hospital that was built over an ancient graveyard. EP: Stephen King (writer) and Mark Carliner (14-episode order/midseason).
* The Street Lawyer (Touchstone TV) Based on John Grisham novel about a lawyer who gives up his big-firm job to work for disadvantaged people. EP: David Levien (writer), Brian Koppelman (writer), John Grisham and David Gernert. Director: Paris Barclay.
* Taranus (Touchstone TV/Storyline Entertainment) Drama set in ancient Rome among gladiators in the days following Caesar’s murder.
Caesar’s 17-year-old nephew Augustus is forced into exile with a disgraced gladiator who has sworn to protect him. EP: Thomas Wheeler (writer),
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. (13-episode script order but no pilot order).
* Then Came Jones (Touchstone TV) Western set in El Paso, Texas in 1899 starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Melissa Gilbert. EP: Chris Brancato (writer) and Bert Salke.
* Threat Matrix (Touchstone TV/Industry TV) Department of Homeland Security fights terrorism. EP: Daniel Voll (writer), Keith Addis, Michael Edelstein and Emile Levisetti.
ABC comedy
* The Dan Show (Warner Bros. TV/Mohawk Productions/Wonderland Productions) Dan Finnerty of the Dan Band stars as an average guy who becomes the star performer at his family’s lounge. EP: Bruce Helford, Deborah Oppenheimer, Bruce Rasmussen (writer) and McG. Co-EP: Matt Ember (writer).
* Hench at Home (Touchstone TV/DreamWorks TV) Retired pro hockey player (Craig Bierko) finds he now has a lot of free time to spend with his wife (Tracy Pollan) and kids around the house. EP: Michael J. Fox (writer), Mitch Hurwitz and Danelle Black.
* Hope and Faith (Touchstone Television/Industry Entertainment) Kelly Ripa plays a soap opera actress who has to move in with her sister’s family. Also stars Faith Ford. Co-EP: Joanna Johnson (writer). EP: Guymon Casady, Emile Levisetti and Michael Edelstein.
* I’m With Her (Tollin-Robbins) Romantic comedy about a teacher who dates a celebrity. EP: Chris Henchy (writer), Marco Pennette (writer), Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola.
* My Life With Men (Touchstone). Centers on a woman struggling to raise her four sons, her father and her husband all at the same time. EP: Denise Moss (writer) and Sy Dukane (writer) and Nena Rodrigue.
* Platonically Incorrect (Touchstone TV). Man (Tom Everett Scott) and woman (A.J. Langer) work together and are best friends but have a completely platonic relationship. EP: Tom Shadyac and Michael Bostick. Writer: Darlene Hunt.
* Slice O’ Life (Universal Television) Janeane Garofalo stars as a producer on a 20/20-type news show. EP: Bill Diamond (writer) (midseason).
* These Guys (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach) Tim Allen narrates the misadventures of four men facing marriage, parenthood, divorce and dating. EP: Mark Brazill (writer), Tim Allen (writer), Ron Zimmerman (writer), Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner and Caryn Mandabach.
* Untitled Flett-Giordano and Ranberg project(Touchstone Television/Paramount Television/Storyline Entertainment). About a young couple where the man is from a very conservative, straight-laced family and his girlfriend is the daughter of a gay couple. EP: Ann Flett-Giordano (writer), Chuck Ranberg (writer), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
* Untitled Jenny McCarthy project (Touchstone Television) Jenny McCarthy plays a rich heiress who loses all her money and has to lead a regular life. EP: Don Beck (writer).
* Untitled Kevin Hart presentation (Imagine/ 20th Century Fox Television) Kevin Hart stars as a wealthy, pampered African American guy from Malibu, Calif., who has to move to Philadelphia and live with his working-class relatives after his father loses all his money. EP: David Nevins, Brian Grazer. Writer: Stephen Engel.
* Untitled Scherick and Ronn project (Touchstone Television) Three adult siblings at turning points in their lives. EP: Jay Scherick (writer), David Ronn (writer) and Nena Rodrigue (midseason).
* Untitled Tom Hertz project (20th Century Fox Television/ Brad Grey Television). About an introverted New Yorker who marries into a large gregarious family from Kansas. EP: Tom Hertz (writer) and Brad Grey.
CBS drama

* The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. (20th Century Fox Television/David E. Kelley Productions) Family drama about three brothers who live in the fictional town of Poland, N.H. EP: David E. Kelley (writer) and Michael Pressman (director).
* Century City (Universal Network Television) Futuristic legal drama set at a law firm in 2053. EP: Paul Attanasio, Katie Jacobs and Ed Zuckerman (writer).
* Not a Clue (20th Century Fox TV/Spyglass Entertainment) Two female criminology students solve crimes. EP: Nell Scovell (writer), Roger Birnbaum, Meghan Wolpert and Gary Barber.
* Expert Witness (20th Century Fox/The Firm) Matthew Modine plays a forensic psychologist. EP: Hart Hanson (writer), Keith Ablow, Eli Selden, Beau Flynn, Marshall Persinger and Scott Vila.
* Henry Lee (Spelling TV) Danny Glover stars as a cop turned private investigator in Oakland, Calif. EP: John Wirth (writer), Walter Mosley, Kevin Sullivan, Arnold Rifkin, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent.
* JAG spinoff (Paramount Network TV) Mark Harmon stars in the spinoff focusing on the Naval Criminal Investigative Services. EP: Don Bellisario (writer) Writer: Don McGill (writer).
* Joan of Arcadia (Sony and CBS Productions) About a yo
ung girl who is a contemporary Joan of Arc because God appears to her in a different form each week. EP: Barbara Hall (writer).
* Street Boss (Viacom Productions) Joe Pantoliano stars as a man who trains undercover homicide and vice cops. EP: Chris Haddock (writer).
* Untitled Bruckheimer/ Stiehm project (Warner Bros. TV/Bruckheimer TV/CBS Productions) Focuses on the female head of the Philadelphia Police Department’s cold-case squad. EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Meredith Stiehm (writer) and Jonathan Littman.
* Untitled Samantha Corbin project (Universal Network TV) Jennifer Esposito and Audra McDonald are detectives in Boston’s Violent Crime Unit. EP: Samantha Corbin (writer), Ian Sander and Kim Moses.
CBS comedy
* All Grown Up (Warner Bros./Live Planet/Bulls Eye Entertainment) About friends who must deal with two members of the group becoming first-time parents. EP: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Sean Bailey, Casey Affleck, Tom Nunan and Vince Calandra. Producer: Jay Lacopo (writer).
* Crazylove (Touchstone/CBS Productions) Peter MacNicol and Valerie Bertinelli star as a married couple who adopt a baby Chinese girl EP: Bob Stevens and Jamie Tarses.
* Family Show (Sony Pictures Television) About parents dealing with their teenage kids’ having a child of their own. EP and Writer: Matthew Carlson. (Cast contingent, so could go away.)
* Harry’s Girl (Warner Bros. TV/CBS Productions) Christine Taylor stars as a 30-something woman with a dog that narrates her life. EP: Rob Greenberg (writer).
* The Lunchbox Chronicles (Universal TV/CBS Productions) Monica Potter stars as a widowed mother of two young kids. Andy Richter co-stars. EP: Bill Diamond (writer).
* The Men I Married (Touchstone Television/CBS) Nicole Sullivan plays a veterinarian who is newly married to a man with three brothers. EP: Susan Dickes (writer) and Vic Kaplan.
* Rubbing Charlie (Big Ticket Television) Scott Wolf is a doctor who tries to help others but does not know what he wants out of his own life. EP: Tom Palmer (writer).
* The Stones (Warner Bros.) 20-something children must adjust when their parents announce they are filing for divorce. EP: Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and Jenji Kohan (writer).
* Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros./Tannenbaum Co./Chuck Lorre Prods.) Charlie Sheen is a bachelor whose brother and nephew move in with him. EP: Chuck Lorre (writer), Lee Aronsohn (writer), Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Mark Burg and Oren Koules. Supervising producer: Eric Lapidus.
* Untitled Staley/Long project (Paramount Network TV) Widowed mom raises two sons while working at the family bar with her mom. EP: Dan Staley (writer) and Rob Long (writer) (midseason).
Fox drama
* The O.C. (Warner Bros. TV/Wonderland Productions) Drama about street-smart teen who winds up in the high-class society of Orange County, Calif. EP: McG, Doug Liman (director), Dave Bartis and Josh Schwartz (writer) (13 episode order).
* The Break (20th Century Fox/Imagine TV) A father returns home to Hawaii with his troubled son to join an elite unit of cops who work and surf on the treacherous shores of the island. EP: John Stockwell (writer and director), Brian Grazer and David Nevins.
* No Place Like Home (Sony Pictures Television) Two teens from different economic backgrounds get married. EP: Christopher Keyser (writer), Amy Lippman (writer) and Ken Topolsky.
* NYPD 2069 (Paramount Television/Steven Bochco Productions) Josh Hopkins will play a modern-day cop who lands in the year 2069 after being cryogenically frozen when a shooting nearly takes his life. EP: Nick Wootton (writer), Matthew Olmstead (writer), Steven Bochco (writer) and Greg Hoblit (director).
* Skin (Warner Bros. Television/Bruckheimer Productions) A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story, with her dad’s being an adult film producer and his dad’s being the county D.A. intent on taking her father down. EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jim Leonard (writer) and Jonathan Littman.
* Still Life (20th Century Fox/Original TV) Family drama told from point of view of a recently deceased son. EP: Kip Koening (writer), Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz, Dawn Parouse and Marti Noxon.
* True Calling (20th Century Fox/Original TV) Eliza Dushku is a female grad student who discovers that she can relive a day of her life, enabling her to save lives by changing the course of events. EP: Jon Feldman (writer), Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz and Dawn Parouse.
* Untitled Kohn/Silverstein project (20th Century Fox) A couple who write an advice column break up but must continue their friendship and work together. EP: Abby Kohn (writer) and Marc Silverstein (writer).
* Wonder Falls (20th Century Fox/Regency TV) 20-something woman helps others through visions in which inanimate objects talk to her. EP: Todd Holland (writer/director) and Bryan Fuller (writer) (13 episode order).
Fox comedy
* A Minute With Stan Hooper (Paramount) Norm Macdonald stars as a guy who moves with his wife from New York City to a small town in Wisconsin. EP: Norm MacDonald (writer), Barry Kemp (writer) and Lori Jo Hoekstra.
* About a Boy (Universal Television) Patrick Dempsey stars in a series based on the feature film of the same name. EP: Matthew Carlson (writer), Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin, Robert DeNiro, Eric Fellner and Jane Rosenthal.
* Arrested Development (20th Century Fox/Imagine Television) About a young widower (Jason Bateman) who becomes head of the family when his dad goes to jail for fraud. EP: Mitch Hurwitz (writer), Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and David Nevins.
* The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke (20th Century Fox Television) Revolves around a suburban family and is told from the point of view of a dad who won’t grow up. EP: Bob Odenkirk (writer) and Bernie Brillstein.
* Cracking Up (20th Century Fox Television/Brad Grey Television). About a psych graduate student who lives in the guesthouse of a nutty family. EP: Mike White (writer), Chris Weitz (director), Paul Weitz (director) and Brad Grey.
* Jack’s House (20th Century Fox) 27-year-old guy buys a house but can’t seem to shake his three roommates. EP: Phoef Sutton (writer) and Robin Schiff (writer).
* Luis (20th Century Fox Television) Luis Guzman stars as a hardworking neoconservative who owns a doughnut shop in Spanish Harlem. EP: Will Gluck (writer).
* Mister Ed (20th Century Fox/Original Television). Remake of original Mister Ed series. EP: Jack Handey (writer), Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz and Dawn Parouse.
* The Pool at Maddy Breakers (20th Century Fox/Original Television). About three women in their late 20s who were the most popular girls in high school. EP: Ron Leavitt (writer), Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz and Dawn Parouse.
* Senor White (20th Century Fox/Regency Television). Ron White stars as a guy who runs a pottery factory in Mexico with his girlfriend. EP: Al Higgins (writer).
* The Snobs (Imagine/20th Century Fox Television) Long-lost son meets and then moves in with his father, who heads a pretentious blue-collar family. EP: David Isaacs (writer), Ken Levine (writer), David Nevins and Brian Grazer.
* Titletown (20th Century Fox Television/Brad Grey TV) Follows three families in Green Bay, Wis., who live for the Green Bay Packers. EP: Linda Wallem (writer) and Brad Grey.
* Untitled Twins project (Tollin-Robbins/Warner Bros. TV). The series is about 20-something fraternal brother and sister twins who become roommates after six years apart. EP: Michael Glouberman (writer), Andrew Orenstein (writer), Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin and Joe Davola.
NBC drama
* E.D.N.Y. (NBC Studios) Ensemble drama starring Billy Baldwin set in New York’s U.S. Attorneys office. EP: Anthony Drazan (writer).
* Future Tense (Warner Bros./NBC Studios/Silver Pictures). Follows a high-tech elite law enforcement unit in the future. EP: Joel Silver and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (writer).
* Homeland Security (Paramount Network TV) About a U.S. government anti-terrorism agency. EP: Christopher Crowe (writer) and Kerry McCluggage (two-hour pilot).
* The Lyon’s Den (20th Century Fox/Brad Grey TV) Rob Lowe stars in legal drama set in a midsize law fi
rm with a long history. EP: Remi Aubuchon (writer), Brad Grey, Bernie Brillstein and Rob Lowe.
* Miss/Match (20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV) Alicia Silverstone stars as a divorce lawyer by day and a matchmaker by night. EP: Jeff Rake (writer), Darren Star (director), David Nevins and Brian Grazer.
* Sunset Division (NBC Studios) Crossing Jordan cop spinoff set in Los Angeles starring Jerry O’Connell and Leon. EP: Tim Kring (writer) and Damon Lindelof (writer).
* Las Vegas (NBC Studios/DreamWorks) James Caan and Josh Duhamel star in Las Vegas-based show as casino security experts. EP: Gary Scott Thompson (writer), Scott Steindorf, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
NBC comedy
* Alligator Point (Grammnet Productions/Paramount Television). About an eclectic group of people who frequent a restaurant set in Alligator Point, Fla. EP: Kelsey Grammer, Steve Stark, Chuck Ranberg, Ann Flett-Giordano. Co-EP: Robert Peacock (writer).
* Come to Papa (Warner Bros. TV/NBC Studios) Based on Tom Papa’s standup routine about a couple who live in the same New Jersey town they grew up in but have big dreams. EP: Greg Malins (writer) and Andy Ackerman (director). Producer: Tom Papa (writer).
* Coupling (NBC Studios/ Reveille Studios/Universal) American version of British series about six friends. EP: Phoef Sutton (writer), Ben Silverman, Steven Moffat, Beryl Vertue and Sue Vertue.
* Happy Family (NBC Studios) John Larroquette and Christine Baranski are a would-be empty-nester couple whose adult children keep moving back in. EP: Moses Port (writer) and David Guarascio (writer).
* Mr. Ambassador (Touchstone TV/NBC Studios) Rupert Everett stars as a fish-out-of-water British ambassador to the United States. EP: Victor Levin (writer), Marc Platt and Benny Medina.
* Once Around the Park (NBC Studios/Touchstone TV) Heather Locklear stars as a divorced mother of two kids who don’t want to see their parents get back together. EP: Jamie Widdoes and Flody Suarez. Writer: Donald Todd.
* The Ortegas (Pariah/Hat Trick Productions) About a boy and his Mexican family who host a talk show from their backyard. EP: Wally Waladorsky (writer), Gavin Polone, Jimmy Mulville and Denise O’Donoghue.
* The Ripples (DreamWorks/NBC Studios) Adam Arkin stars in family comedy centering around a couple that has been married for 4,000 years and has a son who looks 15 but is really 3,985 years old. EP: Peter Melman (writer) and John Hayman (writer).
* Spellbound (Warner Bros.) Romantic comedy with supernatural elements centers around a male witch who falls in love with a mortal. EP: Rob Greenberg (writer) and Suzanne Martin (writer).
* Stuck in the Middle With You (NBC Studios). About a middle class family. EP: Tim Doyle (writer).
* Touch ‘Em All McCall (NBC Studios) Tom Selleck stars as an ex-baseball player who returns to his hometown to rekindle a romance. EP: Jay Tarses (writer), Norman Steinberg (writer) and Michael Brandman.
* Untitled Howie Mandel project (Pariah/NBC Studios/He’s Mean, LLC) Based on Mr. Mandel’s life as a father of three who does regular hidden-camera bits on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno. EP: Gavin Polone, Michael Rotenberg, Mark Driscoll (writer) and Howie Mandel.
* Untitled Phil Hendrie Prjoect (NBC Studios) Radio personality Phil Hendrie stars as a former city cop who becomes the head of security for a gated community. EP: Peter Tolan (writer) and Phil Hendrie (writer).
* Untitled Tracy Morgan project (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach/NBC Studios/SNL Studios) Tracy Morgan stars in a family comedy based on his life. EP: David Israel (writer), Jim O’Doherty (writer), Lorne Michaels, Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, Caryn Mandabach, David Miner and Dave Becky.
* Untitled Whoopi Goldberg project (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach) Whoopi Goldberg is a scheming co-owner of a hotel who is raising a 4-year-old. EP: Bonnie Turner (writer), Terry Turner (writer), Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, Caryn Mandabach and Whoopi Goldberg.
WB drama
* Chasing Alice (Warner Bros./First Move Productions) A female cop from Scotland Yard moves to New York City from London in search of her missing sister, Alice. In New York she meets characters who parallel those in Alice in Wonderland. EP: Susanne Daniels and Ralph Hemecker. Co-EP: Scott Lobdell (writer).
* Family Curse (Regency TV/Icon/Coote-Hayes) Married archeologists and their teenage kids must track down the all-too-real creatures from legends and folklore after letting them escape from Pandora’s box. EP: Dan Angel (writer), Billy Brown (writer), Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Greg Coote and Jeff Hayes.
* Fearless (Warner Bros. Television/Jerry Bruckheimer TV) About a woman who was born without the fear gene and ends up working undercover for the FBI. Based on a series of books by young-adult author Francine Pascal. EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Jeremy Littman (writer), Vincent Ngo (writer), Evan Charnov (writer). Writer: Jeremy Carver.
* MacGyver (Paramount Television) Story of MacGyver’s 20-something nephew played by Jared Padalecki. EP: Henry Winkler, John Rich and Stephen Downing. Writer: Sam Baum.
* One Tree Hill (Warner Bros. TV/Tollin-Robbins Productions) Family drama about two estranged brothers who play basketball and fall in love with the same woman. EP: Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. Supervising producer: Mark Schwahn (writer).
* Other People’s Business (Jersey TV/Sony Pictures Television) Four 20-something friends become private investigators in Los Angeles. EP: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and John Landgraf. Co-EP: Zach Helm (writer).
* Tarzan and Jane (Warner Bros.) Tarzan’s uncle rescues him from the African jungle and brings him back to New York, his hometown. EP: David Nutter (director), Laura Ziskin, David Gerber and P.K. Simonds. Co-EP: Eric Kripke (writer).
* Untitled Lori Loughlin project (Spelling TV) Lori Loughlin is a single career woman who along with her friends becomes a surrogate family to her sister’s orphaned kids. EP: Stephen Tolkin (writer), Brad Isaacs (writer), Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent.
* Windward Circle (Warner Bros.) Gilmore Girls spinoff focusing on Jess Mariano’s (Milo Ventimiglia) relationship with his estranged father (Rob Estes) who lives in Venice Beach, Calif. EP: Amy Sherman-Palladino (writer).
WB comedy
* All About the Andersons (Warner Bros. TV) Anthony Anderson plays a struggling actor who moves back home to his parents’ house with his 6-year-old son. EP: Marco Pennette (writer) and Jamie Widdoes (director). Producers: Adam Glass (writer) and Anthony Anderson(writer)
* Are We There Yet? (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach/Cloudbreak Prods.) Traveling family show in Europe. EP: David Goetsch (writer), Jason Venokur (writer), Ross Venokur (writer), Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, Caryn Mandabach and Mark Burnett.
* Eddie’s Father (Warner Bros./Pariah) Based on the classic series The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. EP: Jay Kogen (writer) and Gavin Polone.
* Exit 9 (Warner Bros. Television). Family show centered around two very different siblings: Richie, a 16-year-old trying to make his way through high school who has his own betting ring, and Jennifer, a rebellious teen who slowly finds a passion for Orthodox Judaism after she hears her grandmother is one-eighth Jewish. EP: Eric Zicklin (writer).
* The Help (Warner Bros.) Update of Upstairs, Downstairs. EP: Ron Leavitt (writer) and Marty Adelstein.
* Kid Mayor (Sony Pictures TV/Happy Madison). Show about a young mayor. EP: Adam Resnick (writer), Adam Sandler, Doug Robinson and Jack Giarraputo.
* Like Family (Warner Bros.) Experiencing hard times, a mom and her 16-year-old son move in with her African American best friend, played by Holly Robinson Peete, and her family. EP: Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz and Warren Littlefield. Co-EP: Dan Fogelman (writer).
* Mr. Logan (Paramount Pictures TV) Bow Wow stars as precocious teen who graduates from Princeton at age 16 and becomes a high school teacher. EP: Felicia Henderson (writer) (midseason).
* Run of the House (Warner Bros./Tannenbaum Co.). The fourth and youngest child is raised b
y her three older siblings. EP: Betsy Thomas (writer), Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Rob Sternin and Prudence Fraser.
* Sixteen to Life (20th Century Fox Television/ACME Productions). 16-year-old girl works and takes care of her dad a la Pretty in Pink. EP: Rob Lotterstein (writer), Ellen Idelson (writer), Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis.
* Sweet Potato Queens (Warner Bros.) Sitcom starring Delta Burke based on the Sweet Potato Queens series of books detailing author Jill Conner Browne’s philosophy on life, love, friendships, family and fun. EP: Pamela Eells (writer). Consulting producers: Jill Conner Browne, Lindy DeKoven and William Kyle Jennings.
* Trash (Regency Television/Sony Pictures Television) Romeo and Juliet in a trailer park. EP: Chris Thompson (writer).
UPN drama
* The Edge (20th Century Fox Television) Two young FBI graduates and an undercover DEA agent solve crimes in a beach town on the Mexican border. EP: Scott Vila and Matthew Carnahan (writer).
* Hotel (Spelling TV) Update of the ’80s series, set this time in a ritzy Miami hotel. EP: Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent, Denise Di Novi, Juan Carlos Coto and Cory Tynan (writer) (pilot presentation).
* Newton (Warner Bros. TV/Joel Silver Pictures) Follows the lives of a family living in the corporate-owned community of Newton. EP: Joel Silver. Co-EP: Craig Silverstein (writer).
* Untitled Nanobot project (Viacom Productions) Computer technician gets injected with tiny computer chips that make him superhuman. EP: Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo and Silvio Horta (writer).
* Vegas Dick (CBS Productions/Original Television) A former con man attempts to go straight and becomes the in-house detective at a hip Las Vegas casino. EP: Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Parouse. Co-EP: Rich Wilkes (writer) (pilot presentation).
UPN comedy
* All of Us (Warner Bros./Overbrook Entertainment) Inspired by the real home life of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, this is a contemporary look at a complicated modern family dynamic where a husband and his second wife raise his son from his first marriage with his ex-wife’s involvement. EP: Betsy Borns (writer), Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and James Lassiter.
* Game Over (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach) Video-game-inspired comedy about an animated suburban family’s life in an unconventional universe. EP: Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, Caryn Mandabach, David Sacks (writer), David Goetsch (writer), Jason Venokur (writer) and Ross Venokur (writer).
* The Mullets (Warner Bros. Television/Tannenbaum Co.) Two wrestling-addicted, beer-drinking brothers sport mullet hairstyles and are co-owners of a contracting and roofing company. EP: Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Bill Oakley (writer) and Josh Weinstein (writer).
* The Originals (Paramount) Ensemble comedy set in a nostalgia shop that uses flashbacks to show that a group of 20-something friends can never escape the problems, petty jealousies and longings they experienced in high school. EP: David Tochterman. Writer: Chris Parrish.
* Rock Me Baby (Warner Bros.) Looks at the lives of young parents in their mid-20s who are torn between the single and carefree world and the married and responsible world. EP: Tony Krantz. Co-EP: Tim Kelleher (writer) and Nina Lederman.
* Untitled Eve project (Warner Bros./Greenblatt Janollari) Hip-hop musician Eve stars as a single fashion designer. EP: Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari. Co-EP: Meg DeLoatch (writer).