Since I'm waiting for notes on my script, I've had a chance to catch up on pilot scripts and review orders and I have to say, I'm shockingly disappointed with the quality and originality of what's out there. My manager has a mantra: "Don't show me anything unless it's shockingly original."
I wish these writers listened. Here's a smattering of pickups from the last couple days. Granted, some come close to being original, but the vast majority just seem like rehashing.
CBS has commissioned a pilot for a half-hour multi-camera comedy
entitled “Hitched” about a 20-something newlywed couple who,
surrounded by their family and friends, is still learning about each
ABC has commissioned a pilot for drama entitled “No Ordinary Family”
about a typical American family whose members have special abilities.
CBS has commissioned a pilot for an unnamed comedy about a widower
father who raises his 12-year old son while jumping back into the
Fox has commissioned pilot for multi-camera comedy entitled “Most
Likely to Succeed” about a group of friends who were superstars
growing up and are now dealing with the reality of adulthood.
Fox has commissioned pilot for half-hour single-camera comedy entitled
“Traffic Light” about three male childhood friends, now in their early
thirties, in different stages of his life like a traffic light: (1)
red light is for the one who is married with a child and whose life is
at a standstill; (2) blinking yellow light is for the one who is
living with his girlfriend and on an irreversible journey from
bachelorhood to marriage; and (3) green light is for the eternal
ABC has commissioned pilot for drama project entitled “Edgar Floats”
about a police psychologist who becomes a bounty hunter.
NBC has commissioned pilot for half-hour multi-camera comedy entitled
“Nathan v. Nurture” about a successful 35 year old heart surgeon who
decides to search for his biological parents only to find that they
had three more kids (all underachievers) and kept those kids.
NBC has commissioned pilot for multi-camera comedy entitled “This
Little Piggy” about two adult siblings who move in with their eldest
brother after he inherits his parents’ large, rambling Portland,
NBC has commissioned pilot for legal drama entitled “Pleading Guilty”
based on Scott Turow's novel, and centers on Mack Malloy, an ex-cop-
turned-attorney who works as a partner at a powerful Chicago law firm.