One by one, the networks are wrapping their buying for this development season. NBC, ABC and the CW are done, with Fox still taking in a few pitches and CBS still looking for a handful of comedies. But for the most part, it’s over. NBC executives reportedly told agents that they have no more development money to spend but would make an exception for a project with A-list auspices.
It was a buying season marked with a number of big dramas hitting the marketplace, including the Ryan Murphy/Howard Gordon phobias project at Fox, J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz at Fox and the Tery O’Quinn/Michael Emerson special ops show at NBC, the Josh Schwartz/Rachel Bilson ghost drama, also at NBC, the Kurtzman and Orci-produced Locke & Key at Fox, the James Cameron-produced True Lies reboot at ABC, Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct at NBC, Oren Peli’s thriller The River at ABC, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Lost Girls at ABC, and, of course David E, Kelley’s Wonder Woman remake, which is yet to be taken out. There were fewer high-profile half-hour projects this year as many of the top comedy writers are tied to existing shows and studios didn’t allow them, especially those working on first-year series, to develop. The highlights on the comedy side this year include Peter Tolan’s The Council of Dads at Fox, Kari Lizer’s workplace comedy at NBC, the Darren Star-produced Good Christian Bitches at ABC, the Jack Black/Cathy Yuspa/Josh Goldsmith comedy My Life as an Experiement at NBC and Nahnatchka Khan’s Connected at Fox. Overall, book adaptations were the hottest commodity, with every network buying a truckload.