Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


CBS Orders Medical Drama Pilot ‘Sensory’ From David Zabel & Scott Free


For a second consecutive year, CBS is ordering two medical drama pilots. The network has greenlighted Sensory, an hourlong pilot from ER alum David Zabel, Scott Free Prods., CBS TV Studios and Sony TV’s TriStar Television. Written by Zabel, Sensory is inspired by the the true story of Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. The two-hander centers around a veteran neurologist and her protégé who, like… Read


Shondaland’s ‘Still Star-Crossed’ Romeo & Juliet Sequel: Michael Offer To Direct

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Michael Offer is back in Shondaland. The helmer, who directed the pilot for the Shonda Rhimes-produced hit ABC drama How To Get Away With Murder, has been tapped to direct the latest ABC drama pilot from Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ production company — Still Star-Crossed. The Romeo and Juliet sequel was written by Heather Mitchell (Scandal) based on the book by Melinda Taub. Set in 16th century Verona, it picks up where William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet left off, charting… Read


‘Second Fattest Housewife In Westport’ ABC Pilot: Ruben Fleischer To Direct


Superstore helmer Ruben Fleischer has come on board to direct The Second Fattest Housewife In Westport, ABC’s single-camera family comedy from novelist/TV writer Sarah Dunn, producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Penned by Dunn, The Second Fattest Housewife In Westport is narrated by Katie, a (slightly) larger, strong-willed mother raising her flawed family of three in a wealthy town filled with "perfect" wives and their "perfect" offspring. Dunn… Read


‘Cruel Intentions’: Sarah Michelle Gellar Courted To Reprise Her Role In NBC Pilot


NBC’s Cruel Intentions reboot, which was just greenlighted to pilot, picks up 15 years after the cult 1999 movie, which starred Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar. It follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil — the character played in the film by Gellar — as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her step-brother, the late Sebastian Valmont (Phillippe), and Annette Hargrove… Read


‘Shades Of Blue’ Starring Jennifer Lopez Renewed For Season 2 By NBC

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Strong time-shifted viewing has helped new NBC drama Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez, to land a second-season renewal five episodes into its freshman run. The pickup underscore how less and less relevant Live+same dayTV ratings are in networks’ renewal decisions, also illustrated by NBC’s second-season pickup of Aquarius and Fox’s of Scream Queens — both soft in linear TV but strong in digital ratings performance. While Shades of Blue slipped another two tenths to… Read


Fox Orders ‘The Enforcers’ Female Buddy Comedy Pilot, Chris Case Family Comedy

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Fox has greenlighted two more single-camera comedy pilots, The Enforcers, from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer and Warner Bros. TV; and an untitled half-hour from Sin City Saints co-creator Chris Case and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Bilsing-Graham & Kreamer and to be directed by Gail Mancuso, Emmy winner for Modern Family, The Enforcers is a female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being… Read


‘Training Day’: Will Ethan Hawke’s Jake Hoyt Return For TV Series Reboot?


Training Day, CBS’ present-day reimagining of Antoine Fuqua’s acclaimed 2001 feature that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, could become a true sequel, featuring the surviving main characters from the movie. I have learned that Hawke has been approached to reprise his role as Jake Hoyt in the TV series, which hails from Fuqua, Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. TV. It is unclear at the moment whether it will happen or not as talks are ongoing. If he does, it… Read


‘Designated Survivor’ Casts Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci

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House alum Kal Penn, Nikita leading lady Maggie Q, Californication‘s Natascha McElhone and Chasing Life star Italia Ricci are set to co-star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor, ABC’s straight-to-series conspiracy thriller drama about a low-ranking Cabinet member becoming President of the U.S. Penn, who has White House experience — he served as the associate director for the Office of Public Engagement for President Barack Obama — also will serve as a… Read


‘Designated Survivor’: Amy Harris Set As Showrunner Of Kiefer Sutherland Series

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The Carrie Diaries creator Amy B. Harris has come on board as executive producer and showrunner of Designated Survivor, ABC’s straight-to-series conspiracy thriller drama starring Kiefer Sutherland. Written on spec by David Guggenheim (Safe House), the project, executive produced by Simon Kinberg (The Martian) hails from the Mark Gordon Company Studios and ABC Studios. In it, Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower level United States Cabinet member, is suddenly appointed… Read


Richard Shepard To Direct ‘Model Woman’ ABC Drama Pilot

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Richard Shepard has signed on to direct Model Woman, ABC’s period drama pilot set in the fashion world. The project, from Sony TV's TriStar Television and ABC Studios, is a fictionalized family soap inspired by Robert Lacey's book Model Woman: Eileen Ford And The Business of Beauty, the recently published biography of the outspoken and controversial woman who started as a model and went on to co-found the famous Ford Modeling Agency with her husband Jerry. Written by Reali… Read


Catherine Hardwicke Set To Direct USA Series ‘Eyewitness’, Tyler Young To Star

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Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of USA Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama EyewitnessTyler Young has been cast as one of the two young leads in the project, an adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne. Additionally, Scott Peters (V) has joined as an executive producer and will direct multiple episodes of the Universal Cable Prods. series, from Shades Of Blue creator Adi Hasak, who wrote it… Read


Pam Fryman Sets 3 Pilot Directing Gigs


Pam Fryman is gearing up for another very busy pilot season. At NBC, the former How I Met Your Mother executive producer is directing and executive producing ensemble comedy pilot Good Fortune, from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's Le Train Train and 20th Century Fox TV. At CBS, she is executive producing and directing romantic comedy pilot My Time/Your Time, from Hilary Winston, HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. Both pilots are… Read