Picked up to series; 12 episodes
STUDIO: John Wells Productions/Warner Horizon Television
TEAM: John Riggi (w, ep), John Wells (ep), Kyle Richards (w, co-ep), Alex Hardcastle (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Set in the 1970s, it centers on Bonnie Nolan, a 40-year-old woman with a beautiful home and two beautiful daughters to go with it. Finding herself alone after her marriage fails, Bonnie is an enigma of the times: a single woman with no means to support herself or her children. The project is inspired by Kyle Richards’ real-life upbringing, and her mother’s struggle to raise her family and claim her own brand of independence in a world not ready to give it.
CAST: Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Cheyenne Jackson, Jennifer Bartels, Makenna James, Lia Ryan McHugh
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
STUDIO: Paramount TV
TEAM: Rebecca Addelman (w), Jenny Bicks (ep)
LOGLINE: A modern take on the 1996 film, it revolves around three women – friends and classmates in the 1990s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce, relationships and life’s other annoying challenges.
CAST: Alyson Hannigan, Megan Hilty, Nick Lachey
STUDIO: Lakeshore Entertainment
TEAM: Jason Micallef (w), Tom Rosenberg (ep), Gary Lucchesi (ep), Leslye Headland (d)
LOGLINE: Based on the 1988 film but reimagined as an anthology and set in the present, our heroine deals with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers.
CAST: James Scully, Grace Victoria Cox, Shannen Doherty
TEAM: Paul Rudnick (w, ep), Dan Jinks (ep)
LOGLINE: Elyot Vionnet is an advocate of manners, style and, most important, common decency. Observing people committing heinous crimes of etiquette, he tries to counsel them from afar, inserting himself into their lives most unwelcomely. When the individuals he deems classless choose not to take his advice, they are met with terrible consequences. In the midst of his mission, Elyot allies himself with his neighbor, an 11-year-old girl named Stella, to try to make the world better, one tactless person at a time.
CAST: Hamish Linklater, Megan Hilty, John Behlmann, Geneva Carr, Renee Elise Goldsberry
LOPEZ (single camera)
Ordered straight to series; 12 episodes
STUDIO: Dakota Pictures
TEAM: John Altschuler (w, ep), Dave Krinsky (w, ep), George Lopez (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Troy Miller (ep)
LOGLINE: George Lopez plays himself in the semi-autobiographical story of America’s most successful Hispanic American comedian, exploring how he struggles between his two worlds and crises – often of his own making. Too rich to go back to his working-class Latino roots and too “brown” to feel comfortable in his affluent celebrity life, being George Lopez comes with many problems.
CAST: George Lopez, Maronzio Vance, Alexie Gilmore, Ashley Zamora
NOBODIES (single camera)
Picked up to series; 12 episodes
STUDIO: On the Day/Jax Media
TEAM: Hugh Davidson (w, ep), Larry Dorf (w, ep), Rachel Ramras (w, ep), Melissa McCarthy (d, ep), Ben Falcone (d, ep), Tony Hernandez
LOGLINE: Playing themselves, Groundlings comics Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras desperately try to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they’ve developed so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood.
CAST: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras, Ben Falcone (guest), Melissa McCarthy (guest)