Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


‘Flesh & Blood’ Mystery Drama From Jenna Bans Gets ABC Pilot Order


ABC has given the green light to Flesh and Blood, a drama from Grey's Anatomy and Scandal alumna Jenna Bans, Mandeville Prods. and ABC Studios. Written by Bans, the project follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sending shockwaves throughout their tight knit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the… Read


‘Limitless’ Drama, Dan O’Shannon & Tad Quill Comedies Get CBS Pilot Orders


CBS has handed three more pilot orders to drama Limitless, a sequel to the 2011 Relativity feature starring Bradley Cooper, and comedies from veterans Dan O’Shannon and Tad Quill. All three come from sister studio CBS TV Studios. Written/executive produced by Craig Sweeny and executive produced by Cooper and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, Limitless follows Brian Sinclair, the character played in the film by Cooper, as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT and… Read


‘Strange Calls’ Paranormal Comedy Gets NBC Pilot Order


It’s been a strong pilot season for projects getting second chances. The latest example is single-camera comedy Strange Calls, which has received a pilot pickup at NBC. The project, executive produced by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, was originally set up at ABC during the 2012-13 season with a put pilot commitment and received a cast-contingent pilot order at the alphabet net last season but did not go to production after the lead could not be cast. NBC… Read


Tyler James Williams Cast In ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff

Williams, Tyler James

Tyler James Williams, who recurs on The Walking Dead, is set to co-star opposite Gary Sinise in CBS Criminal Minds planted spinoff. The proposed spinoff will air as an episode of the mothership series written by Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. Like Criminal Minds, the spinoff focuses on a division of the FBI. It follows agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. Sinise plays their boss, Jack Garrett. Williams will… Read


‘Togetherness’ Renewed For Season 2 By HBO


The Duplass brothers are hot at the moment, and HBO is making sure they will continue to be on its roster, renewing the duo’s couples comedy Togetherness for a second season. "We began our love affair with HBO in our parents' living room in 1983, and to have these brilliant creative people put a ring on our fingers with a second season of Togetherness is a real-life dream come true," Jay and Mark Duplass said. Togetherness has been quick to develop a following… Read


Alan Ball’s Salieri Tale ‘Virtuoso’ Gets HBO Pilot Order With Elton John Producing

US film director Alan Ball (R) and US ac

The long-gestating HBO classical music drama Virtuoso, from True Blood creator Alan Ball, is moving forward with a pilot order and Elton John among the executive producers. Written by Ball based on a story he co-wrote with his partner, actor Peter Macdissi, and Steve Hamilton Shaw, Virtuoso is set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna and follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical… Read


‘Rush Hour’, Greg Garcia’s ‘Super Clyde’, Bill Wrubel Pilot Ordered By CBS

Rush Hour TV Show Jackie Chan

Following Minority Report‘s order by Fox, the other series remake of a blockbuster movie this season is getting a pilot green light. CBS has picked up Rush Hour, co-written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence. It was one of three pilot orders at the network, along with Greg Garcia’s single-camera comedy Super Clyde and Bill Wrubel’s multi-camera Joe Time. Hourlong action comedy Rush Hour, which had a pilot production commitment, was written by Cougar Town co-creator… Read


Monica Potter Comedy Produced By Ellen DeGeneres, Workplace Comedy From Jimmy Fallon Get NBC Pilot Orders


NBC has given pilot orders to comedies produced by top talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon. This brings NBC’s half-hour pilots to nine, including straight-to-series comedy Telenovela starring Eva Longoria. The first project, an untitled multi-camera from Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production, stars Parenthood‘s Monica Potter. The project, which had a pilot production commitment, was written by I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators… Read


‘X Men’ Drama Series Eyed By Fox


The long rumored X Men series at Fox is not quite a reality yet but it is getting a bit closer. The network is in early negotiations with Marvel about exploring the superhero franchise in television, expanding the current pact 20th Century Fox has for the characters in features. Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman confirmed the talks to TVInsider. The project, which is in nascent stages contingent on a deal with Marvel, would be created by 24 executive producers Evan Katz… Read


Amazon Orders ‘Casanova’ Drama Pilot


Amazon has given a pilot order to Casanova, an 18th century drama from The Americans writer-producer Stu Zicherman and Electus’ Ben Silverman. Casanova chronicles a little-known period in the life of one of world history’s most famous libertines and playboys. After Giacomo Casanova’s wicked escapades run afoul with the inquisitors in his native Venice, he is sent to prison. The drama focuses on what happens next -after escaping, the once-materialistic and womanizing… Read


Mark Burnett & Roma Downey’s Angel Drama ‘Unveiled’, Medical Drama ‘Heart Matters’ Get NBC Pilot Orders

4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards VIP Reception

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are rapidly expanding their spirituality-based scripted TV brand. NBC has given a pilot order to their drama Unveiled. Also getting a pilot order at the network is medical drama Heart Matters. Both hail from the network’s sister studio, Universal TV. NBC’s drama pilot tally now stands at eight, which was what the network brass eyed going into the pickup season, so the network appears done or nearly done with its orders on the hourlong… Read