Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Development News - 'Rush Hour' Remake, Dramas from Shonda Rhimes & Elton John Among Today's 11 Pilot Orders

Development News - January 27, 2015

ABC's Broad Squad, The Catch, Chev & Bev & Untitled Dan Savage; CBS' Joe Time, Rush Hour & Super Clyde; FOX's Untitled Dana Klein; HBO's Virtuoso; NBC's Sharing & Untitled Monica Potter; and TBS' Wrecked.

  • Zach Cregger, Brian Sacca, Ginger Gonzaga, Asif Ali, Ally Maki, Will Greenberg, Brooke Dillman, Jessica Lowe, James Scott, George Basil and Rhys Darby have been cast on the comedy pilot. Cregger will play Owen, a flight attendant who took the job to travel and avoid starting a life. Sacca will play Danny, an opportunistic guy who wants to be a cop but doesn't have the work ethic. Gonzaga will play Emma, a self-deprecating woman who just dropped out of medical school. Ali will play Pack, an entitled sports agent tied to his iPhone. Maki and Greenberg will play couple Jess and Todd, who are struggling to get along. Dillman will play Karen, a tough woman in all aspects of her life. Lowe will play Florence, an intellectual feminist who's too lazy or scared to act. Scott will play Liam, a confident leader who served 10 years with British special forces, military police before that and now campaigns for human rights for child war refuges. Basil will play Chet, a drunk guy who passed out and missed the crash. Darby will play Steve, a good-natured guy traveling with his dog.
  • FOX's third comedy pilot order this season is for an untitled multi-camera project from writer Dana Klein. 20th Century Fox Television and Kapital Entertainment will produce, with Klein and Aaron Kaplan as executive producers. The project is told from the point of view of a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law.
  • NBC has given a pilot order to an untitled multi-camera comedy starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. The project was written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, who serve as executive producers with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. Potter serves as producer. Potter stars as a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands, which proves to be difficult when she starts dating again. Warner Bros. Television and A Very Good Production will produce.
  • NBC has also ordered to pilot single camera comedy Sharing written by Jeremy Bronson and Damian Lanigan. Bronson is executive producing with Jimmy Fallon and Rick Schwartz. Lanigan is a co-executive producer. Universal Television and Eight Million Plus will produce. The project is a workplace comedy about the different groups of people working side by side in a shared office space.
  • ABC plans on reuniting National Lampoon's Vacation co-stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, with a pilot order for their single camera comedy Chev & Bev. The project was written by Brad Copeland, who executive produces with Aaron Kaplan. ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment will produce. Chase and D'Angelo star as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement and then are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren.
  • ABC's second pilot order today is for an untitled single camera comedy loosely based on the life of columnist and activist Dan Savage. David Windsor and Casey Johnson wrote the pilot and executive produce with Savage, Brian Pines and Dan McDermott. ABC Studios, DiBonaventura Pictures and Hypomania Content will produce. The project focuses on a picture perfect family turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
  • ABC is heading back to 1978 with its next pilot order: drama Broad Squad written by Bess Wohl, who serves as co-executive producer. Aaron Kaplan, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein are executive producers, with Alexandra Lydon as a producer. ABC Studios, Kapital Entertainment and Fake Empire will produce. The project is a fictionalized account of the graduating class of 1978 with Boston's first female patrol officers. Dubbed "The Broad Squad" by the local press, they arrived at a tumultuous time in Boston's history, marked by corruption within the police force and a heightened organized crime presence in the city. Navigating rival neighborhoods as well as the conflicting attitudes toward them from everyone, they find themselves tested both on and off duty.
  • ABC's final pilot order today is for drama The Catch written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson, who is also attached to direct. Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson are co-executive producers. ABC Studios and Shondaland will produce. The project is a thriller about a woman about to get married and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine - who investigates fraud for a living - is not all she claims to be. And when the fiancé's expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
  • CBS' first pilot order today is for a series remake of action comedy film Rush Hour co-written by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. Executive producers are Lawrence, McCormick, Brett Ratner, Arthur Sarkissian and Jeff Ingold. Warner Bros. Television, New Line and Doozer will produce. The hourlong project centers on a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he's forced to work with a cocky LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner.
  • CBS is returning to an old property, with a new pilot order for single camera comedy Super Clyde written by Greg Garcia which was originally piloted at CBS in the 2013 cycle but didn't make the cut. Garcia will executive produce, with CBS Television Studios and Amigos de Garcia producing. The project centers on a meek, unassuming fast-food work who suddenly finds his calling.
  • CBS' third pilot order today is for multi-camera comedy Joe Time written by Bill Wrubel. Warner Bros. Television will produce. The project focuses on Joe, a family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.
  • HBO is also getting in on the pilot action today, with a pilot order for classical music drama Virtuoso written by Alan Ball (True Blood) and produced by Elton John. Additional executive producers are Peter Macdissi, Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish. The project is set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna and follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.
  • The primary cast for the pilot has already been assembled, with Macdissi as Antonio Salieri, the lead composer and teacher who runs the musical conservatory; Iva Babic as Leonid, a Russian cello prodigy; Francois Civil as Isidoro, a Spaish guitar and flute prodigy; Lindsay Farris as Heinrich, an Austrian piano prodigy; Nico Mirallegro as Franz, an Austrian self-taught violin prodigy; and Alex Lawther as Battista, an Italian castrato prodigy.