It’s been another upfront where projects that had been rejected in the past got to shine. Of the four new scripted series showcased at the Turner upfront presentation today, three had been previously developed at other networks. That includes David Baldacci/Shane Brennan’s TNT drama King And Maxwell, which was at CBS; Howard Gordon/Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s TNT drama Legends, which was at NBC; and Bill Lawrence/Greg Malins TBS comedy Ground Floor, which was at CBS.
Later today at the CBS upfront presentation, the network unveiled We Are Men, a new single-camera comedy series from writer Rob Greenberg, who had written the pilot years ago. A number of times CBS had asked him to convert it to multi-camera. He didn’t. It finally was picked up as Greenberg’s original single-camera vision last summer but almost died when one of the four leads could not be cast. The pilot ended up filming late in the traditional pilot season after landing a cast that includes Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn and Jerry O’Connell, and today it landed a coveted spot on the CBS fall schedule.
Yesterday, ABC gave its highest-profile slot for a new comedy series, the post-Modern Family Wednesday 9:30 PM berth, to Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night. Last May, the project, in its original multi-camera version, got a pass by CBS. Wilson was a hit at the ABC upfront with her raunchy routine. Also scoring with the ABC audience was Adam Goldberg’s 1980s comedy The Goldbergs, which was given a special treatment with an extended five-minute trailer. That project also was set up at a different network last year, Fox, where it had been getting little traction until Goldberg moved it to ABC early last fall. On the ABC schedule, The Goldbergs is paired with Trophy Wife. The comedy, written and executive produced by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, was first developed at ABC last season but didn’t go. But last fall — coincidentally on the same day the network closed a deal for the Adam Goldberg comedy — it also gave a cast-contingent pilot order to Trophy Wife, which shortly thereafter landed the sought-after Malin Akerman for the lead.