UPDATED: NBC continues to be ahead of the pack on pilot orders with a green light to dramas The Curse Of The Fuentes Women, from Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta, and Love Is a Four Letter Word, from playwright-TV writer Diana Son (Blue Bloods).
After its first four pilot pickups went to sister studio Universal TV, today’s orders are to outside suppliers, Warner Bros. TV and 20th Century Fox TV. They also show diversity, going to pilots from a Latino and Asian American creators.
Written/executive produced by Horta, The Curse Of The Fuentes Women hails from from his Silent H Prods. and Warner Bros TV. When a magical and mysterious young man inexplicably emerges from the ocean, he breathes new passion into the lives of the Fuentes women – the beautiful but lonely Lola, her ailing mother Esperanza and her troubled daughter Soledad. Andrew Maher also exec produces.
Magic seems to be the early focus for NBC’s drama picks this season. The first hourlong project that has gotten a pilot green light, Warrior, mixes magic and martial arts.
Love Is a Four Letter Word, from 20th TV and Fabrik Entertainment, chronicles the collision of race, sexuality and gender roles when three diverse couples put modern marriage to the test. Son wrote the script and is exec producing with Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin and Kristen Campo. Red Arrow-owned Farbrik, which has long been under a cable deal at Fox TV Studios — now part of 20th TV unit Fox 21 TV Studios — also produces NBC’s midseason drama series Odyssey.
These marks NBC’s fifth and sixth pilot orders — three dramas and three comedies. Fox has one, drama Minority Report, while the other broadcast networks are yet to get on the board. (CBS has the Criminal Minds planted spinoff.)