Fox also ordered a hip hop drama pilot from Lee Daniels, Brian Grazer and Danny Strong.
First Look at Pilots NBC Picked Up Today | Film Thrasher
if you want a distraction, Amazon put up its eight comedy pilots (and six kids show pilots) including Zombieland and Onion News Empire.
Also, Jeff Garlin has been cast in Adam Goldberg’s 1980s family comedy pilot at ABC.
The first is ’Halt & Catch Fire’, which depicts the personal computing boom in the 1980s. But instead of being set in all-too-familiar Silicon Valley, the setting is Texas’ “Silicon Prairie” (which generally refers to tech community in the Dallas and Fort Worth suburbs). Characters will include a fictional visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose “innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.” The drama is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rodgers, with Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad) as executive producers.
The second is a Revolutionary War drama called ’Turn that’s based on the book Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose. It’s set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, “who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.” Turn is written by showrunner Craig Silverstein (Nikita) and executive produced by Barry Josephson (Bones).
Woohoo! Here are a few tidbits:
- Of the two most high-profile super-girl-power pilots, ABC’s Charlie’s Angels has ridiculously strong odds; we’re told its screenings have gone very well. NBC’s Wonder Woman is considered less certain despite heavy online interest in the costume.
- NBC’s version of the UK hit Prime Suspect starring Maria Bello looks like a sure thing, as does Smash, the Peacock’s Glee-style musical series produced by Steven Spielberg. (In fact, we hear Will & Grace’s Debra Messing rocks the crap out of this pilot.)
- We’re hearing CBS loves Sarah Michelle Gellar but only likes her pilot, Ringer.
- At ABC, the Edgar Allan Poe-as-crime-fighter-drama called Poe is getting a lukewarm reception; Chris Egan apparently looks inappropriately hot in the lead role
- Things also aren’t looking too great for Marc Cherry’s semi-musical Hallelujah, but soap Good Christian Bitches has more than a prayer of landing a slot (and not a chance in hell of keeping its title).
Coming soon to a TV near you: more musicals.
Deadline reports on a scoop that NBC has picked up two pilot orders. One of which is Smash, a musical series about the mounting of a Broadway show from Dreamworks based on an idea by Steven Spielberg. With a script from Theresa Rebeck and songs from Hairspray writers Scott Whitman and Marc Shaiman, Michael Mayer (who is in high demand these days) is in negotiations to direct.
I think we all know my feelings on trying to duplicate Glee (harder than it looks).
The other is I Hate That I Love You from Jhoni Marchinko (Will and Grace). It’s a single camera romantic comedy that follows a couple who set up their lesbian friends.