Below is latest info Monday. Will be updated…
UPDATED: I’m told that CBS, which has shown remarkable close-mouthed discipline, is finally letting some news seep out about its fall season primetime pickups and renewals. Of course, CBS can afford to wait since they announce last of the Big Three at the Upfronts. CBS pickups so far are Shark, Smith, Jericho, Waterfront, The Class, that untitled Tom Hertz show, plus 3 LBS (this will be retitled, and the network is still determining whether it goes fall or midseason). CBS has renewed Close to Home, King of Queens and The New Adventure of Old Christine.
Shark (20th/Imagine): Producers: Ian Biderman, Brian Grazer and David Nevins. Directed by Spike Lee. Casting includes James Woods, Lynn Whitfield, Lindsay Frost, Jeri Ryan. Log: Celebrity attorney turned prosecutor.
Jericho (Paramount/Scott Free): Producers include Stephen Chbosky, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott. Written by Chbosky. Casting includes Skeet Ulrich, Pamela Reed, Gerald McRaney. Log: Chaos in small town isolated after a nuclear explosion.
Waterfront (CBS/Warner Bros.): From Jack Orman. Casting includes Mary Stuart Masterson, Joe Pantoliano, William Baldwin, Larenz Tate. Log: World of a charismatic but ethically challenged big city mayor.
The Class (Warner Bros.): From David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. Casting includes Jasson Ritter, Andrea Anders, Jon Bernthal, Heather Goldenhersh, Eric Allen Kramer, Sean McGuire, Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Log: Third-grade schoolfriends reunite as adults.
Untitled Tom Hertz Show (Sony/Happy Madison): From Tom Hertz. Producers include Hertz and Adam Sandler. Casting includes Paulo Costanzo, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Megyn Price. Log: Exploration of relationships of an engaged couple, married couple and single guy.
3 Lbs (Paramount/Levinson-Fontana): From Peter Ocko. Producers: Ocko, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana. New casting expected. Log: Brilliant but brash brain surgeon takes on a partner.
Smith (Warner Bros/John Wells): Producers include John Wells. Casting includes Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen and Simon Baker. Log: Crime drama told from criminal’s perspective.
Men in Trees (Warner Bros): Producers include Cathy Konrad, Jenny Bicks and James Mangold. Written by Bicks. Directed by Mangold. Casting includes Anne Heche, Derek Richardson and Emily Bergl. Log: Female shrink’s moves to Alaska after husband cheats on her and is pursued by lotsa men.
Ugly Betty (Touchstone/Reveille/Ventanarosa): Producers include Salma Hayek and Ben Silverman. Directed by Richard Shepard. Casting includes America Ferrera, Vanessa L. Williams, Alan Dale, Tony Plana. Log: Popular Spanish-language telenovela about young Latina woman who works at a fashion magazine.
Brothers & Sisters (Touchstone): Producers include Jon Robin Baitz and Ken Olin. Written by Baitz. Directed by Olin. Casting includes Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin, Dave Annable, Balthazar Getty. Log: family drama about adult siblings.
Traveler (Warner Bros): Producers include Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. Written by David DiGilio. Directed by David Nutter. Casting includes Matt Bomer, Logan Marshall-Green and Aaron Stanford, Steven Culp, Viola Davis. Log: Thriller about Ivy League grad students framed for terrorism.
Big Day (Sony): From Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa. Casting includes Josh Cooke and Marla Sokoloff. Log: Young couple’s wedding day from different points of view.
Untitled Burnett/Beckerman (Touchstone): From Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman. Casting includes Mick Jagger and Donal Logue. Log: Group of NY blue-collar guys who conspire to rob a rock star.
Six Degrees (Touchstone): From J.J. Abrams. Producers Abrams, Stu Zicherman, Raven Metzner, Thom Sherman, Bryan Burk, Jim Parriot. Log: Group of New York City strangers whose lives become intertwined.
The Nine (Warner Bros.): From Hank Steinberg. Producers Steinberg, K.J. Steinberg and Alex Graves. Cast includes Scott Wolf. Log: Nine strangers get caught in the middle of a hostage crisis following a bank robbery gone bad.
Daybreak (Touchstone): Producers Paul Zbyszewski, Matt Gross and Jeff Bell. Cast includes Taye Diggs. Log: L.A. cop wrongfully accused of murder tries to figure out who framed him and races to stop another.
Help Me Help You (Regency): Producers Jennifer Konner and Alexandra Rushfield. Cast includes Ted Danson and Leslie Hope. Log: Genius psychologist has his life unravel in front of his patients.
In Case of Emergency (Touchstone): Producers Howard Morris, Emile Levisetti and Jon Favreau. Cast includes David Arquette. Log: Group of friends whose lives didn’t turn out as planned.
Notes From the Underbelly (Warner Bros./Tannenbaum): Producers Stacy Traub, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Log: Based on the book by the same name, life through the eyes of expectant parents.
+ late-in-the-season newcomer What About Brian? renewed.
30 Rock (NUTS/Broadway Video): Producers include Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, JoAnn Alfano and David Miner. Casting includes Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Baldwin, Scott Adsit, Jack McBrayer. Log: Behind-the-scenes at a TV show.
Twenty Good Years (Warner Bros./Werner-Gold-Miller): Producers Michael Leeson, Tom Werner, Eric Gold, Johnny Miller and Mike Clements. Cast includes John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor. Log: Middle-aged men decide to live life to the fullest.
The Singles Table (20th TV): From Mike Schiff and Bill Martin. Cast includes Rhea Seehorn and Conor Dubin. Log: Five strangers become friends after forced to sit together at a mutual friend’s wedding.
Heroes (NBC/NUTS): From Tim Kring. Cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Ali Larter and Adrian Pasdar. Log: Examines what happens when ordinary people find out they have superpowers.
Friday Night Lights (Imagine/Film 44): From Peter Berg. Producers: Berg, Jason Katims, Sarah Aubrey, John Cameron, Brian Grazer, David Nevins. Log: Based on the feature film of the same name, drama about a small town high school football team and the residents who are inordinately invested in it.
Raines (NBC/NUTS): From Graham Yost. Directed by Frank Darabont. Cast includes Jeff Goldblum. Log: A gifted, unorthodox detective gets help solving cases by communicating with dead victims.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Warner Bros.): From Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme. Casting includes Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, D.L. Hughley. Log: Behind-the-scenes of a fiction sketch comedy show.
The Black Donnellys (NUTS): From Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco. Casting includes Jonathan Tucker and Olivia Wilde. Log: Irish family drama with mob problems.
Kidnapped (Sony): From David Greenwalt and Jason Smilovic. Directed by Michael Dinner. Producers: Greenwalt, Smilovic, Dinner, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. casting includes Jeremy Sisto and Dana Delaney. Log: Kidnapping expert works outside the legal system.
Wedding Album (Fox): Producers include Andy Tennant, Wink Mordaunt, Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari. Written by Tennant and Mordaunt. Directed by Tennant. Casting includes Bruno Campos, Tara Summers, Connie Stevens and Ashlie Atkinson. Log: About a hotshot NY wedding photographer and his assistant.
Happy Hour (Warner Bros./Werner-Gold-Miller): Producers Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller, Tom Werner. Cast includes John Sloan and Lex Medlin and Beth Lacke. Log: Odd couple buddy comedy about two roommates’ love lives.
‘Til Death (Sony): From Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa. Directed by Jim Burrows. Casting includes Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. Log: Long-married couple with newlywed neighbors.
American Crime (Warner Bros./Bruckheimer): Producers: Bruckheimer, Jonathan Shapiro, Jonathan Littman. Casting includes Victor Garber. Log: Female prosecutor juggles suburban crime with motherhood.
Primary (20th): Producers: Craig Silverstein, Tim Story, Craig Silverstein. Casting includes Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt. Log: Married hostage negotiators.
Vanished (20th): From Josh Berman. Produced by Berman, Mimi Leder and Paul Redford. Casting includes Gale Harold and Rebecca Gayheart. Log: Conspiracy surrounding a senator’s wife who’s missing.
No pilot pickups announced. Network trying to renew Seventh Heaven. Chances better for renewals of One Tree Hill and Everwood. Already locked in are America’s Next Top Model, Gilmore Girls, Smallville, Veronica Mars, Supernatural, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, Friday Night Smackdown! Reba cancelled. — See my 2006 Upfronts-in-NYC Guide: Come’n’Get Your Upfronts Schedule
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