CBS kicked off its 2016 pilot picking campaign with a nod to one of its most buzzed about scripts, a drama based on the Nancy Drew character from the classic mystery book series. Along with Drew, CBS has handed out a pilot order to an untitled extended family hybrid comedy inspired by the Australian comedy Upper Middle Bogan.
Drew is described as a contemporary take on the character from the books, with a diverse Nancy, now in her 30s, working as a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy exec producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan co-wrote the adaptation and executive produce with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks. The Dan Jinks Co’s Nick Nantell is a producer. CBS Television Studios, where Rater & Phelan as well as Jinks are under overall deals, is the studio.
This is CBS’ second drama pilot for next season, joining legal drama Doubt — originally piloted last season and then recast and reshot last summer — which is considered a strong contender for a series pickup. Like Drew, Doubt comes from Rater and Phelan, giving them very good odds to be on the CBS schedule next season.
The untitled Butler/Hope/O’Shannon hybrid comedy, originally developed as single-camera, was written by Modern Family alum Dan O’Shannon and the creators of the original Australian comedy, Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope.
The extended family show is about a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag-racers. O’Shannon, Butler and Hope executive produce with Todd Holland. CBS Studios, where O’Shannon is under an overall deal, co-produces with ABC Studios and studio-based Dark Toy Entertainment.
The original series, which is single-camera, debuted on Australia’s ABC in 2013. Here is a trailer: