Saturday, January 31, 2015

Development News - ABC Orders 4 Dramas & 7 Comedies to Pilot; CBS Counters With Dramas from David Shore & Rene Bacler

Development News - January 31, 2015

ABC's The 46 Percenters, The Adversaries, The Advocate, Boom, The Brainy Bunch, Delores & Jermaine, Kingmakers, The King of 7B, Untitled Johnson/Windsor, Untitled Johnny Knoxville and Untitled Judah Miller; and CBS' For Justice & Sneaky Pete.

  • ABC made the bulk of its pilot orders today, starting with drama The Advocate written by Sheldon Turner. Inspired by the life of Byrdie Lifson-Pompan, the project centers on a tough and resourceful businesswoman at the top of her game who has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed, and experiences firsthand the hazards of our healthcare system. Shocking her friends and family, she leaves her career behind to become a relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze of modern medicine. Turner and Jennifer Klein are executive producers, with Lifson-Pompan and Valerie Ulene as consulting producers. Warner Bros. Television and Vendetta Productions will produce.
  • ABC's next drama pilot order is for Boom written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. After an unprecedented oil discovery on U.S. soil triggers an economic explosion in North Dakota, a young, ambitious couple brave a modern "Wild West," negotiating with an ensemble of roughnecks, grifters, oil barons, criminals and fellow prospectors. Pate and Tony Krantz are executive producers, with Fishburne as a co-executive producer. ABC Studios will produce.
  • Written and executive produced by David Zabel, The Adversaries is the third drama pilot ordered by ABC today. From ABC Studios, the project centers on the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty who becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, and his federal prosecutor daughter must decide which side she will fight on.
  • ABC's final drama pilot pickup today is for Kingmakers written and executive produced by Sallie Patrick. ABC Studios will produce. The project centers on a young man whose sister is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university. He adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society - consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums - in order to investigate her death.
  • Moving over to comedies, ABC's first pilot order today is for an untitled single camera entry from writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor. Executive producers are Johnson, Windsor, Dan Fogelman, Peter Guber, Mike Tollin and Aaron Kaplen. ABC Studios, Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Mandalay Sports Media and Kapital Entertainment will produce. The project is a buddy comedy set in the world of the NBA where a rookie who doesn't speak English and a translator who doesn't speak basketball have to work together.
  • Written by Howard Franklin, The King of 7B is ABC's next comedy pilot order. A format hasn't been determined yet. The project focuses on an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 20 years when he spies what could be his soul mate moving into the building across the street. Franklin executive produces with Dan Fogelman. ABC Studios and Rhode Island Ave. Productions will produce.
  • ABC's next pilot order is for an untitled single camera comedy based on the childhood of famed prankster Johnny Knoxville. The project follows the exploits of 12-year-old Johnny navigating the "outlaws culture" of his family and small hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, and documents the childhood experiences that inspired him to become one of the greatest pranksters of a generation. Victor Fresco wrote the pilot, and executive produces with Knoxville and Michael Rotenberg. ABC Studios and 3 Arts Entertainment will produce.
  • Based on the life of comedian Jermaine Fowler, the multi-camera comedy Delores & Jermaine is also getting a pilot order from ABC. Fowler co-wrote the pilot with Danny Chun. The project stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother, a strict, football-loving, former DC cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old school parenting. Chun executive produces with Michael Rotenberg and Avi Gilbert. Fowler is a co-executive producer. ABC Studios and 3 Arts Entertainment will produce.
  • Written and executive produced by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, The 46 Percenters is yet another comedy getting a pilot order from ABC. The project focuses on the 46-percent of the popular who choose to stay married, as told through the point-of-view of three couples. Warner Bros. Television and Gavin&Roxie&Hap Productions will produce.
  • The next project getting an ABC pilot order is an untitled single camera comedy written by Judah Miller. Miller executive produces, with Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry. 20th Century Fox Television and 3 Arts Entertainment will produce. The project centers on a Tony award winning mother and a risk averse, cerebral father who are blessed with a son who is a natural born competitive athlete. They are forced outside of their parental comfort zones and into the high octane world of youth sports.
  • ABC's final pilot order today goes to single camera comedy The Brainy Bunch written by Wendy & Lizzie Molyneux. 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce. Inspired by the book of the same name, Kip and Mona Lisa Mitchell find themselves raising extraordinarily intelligent kids. When Kip returns home from the military to be a stay at home dad, he experiences firsthand the challenges of parenting kids who have genius IQ's, but limited life and social skills.
  • ABC isn't the only network ordering new pilots today, with CBS also joining the list with an order for drama Sneaky Pete written by Bryan Cranston and David Shore. The project centers on a 30-something con man who, upon leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of a cellmate. "Sneaky Pete" then hides out from his debtors while working for his new "family's" bail bond business. There he uses his considerable charm and criminal prowess to take down bad guys far worse than himself, partnering with an attractive female "cousin" who has her suspicions about his real motives. Cranston and Shore executive produce, with James Degus. Erin Gunn will serve as co-executive producer. Sony Pictures Television, Moon Shot Entertainment and Shore Z Productions will produce.
  • Also getting a pilot order at CBS today is drama For Justice written by Rene Balcer. Loosely based on James Patterson's crime novel "The Thomas Berryman Number," the project centers on an FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. Balcer will executive produce with Patterson, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson. Berry Welsh serves as co-executive producer. CBS Television Studios, James Patterson Entertainment and Tribeca Productions will produce.