Network suits may say they love all their shows, but they really do have favorites. I’m told that CBS Paramount Network TV Entertainment Group prez Nancy Tellem’s pet pilot is the one about 1970s suburban swingers. Produced by CBS Paramount Network TV, it fits into the edgier creative direction Tellem wants to take this development season. Swingtown is from writer / executive producer Mike Kelley (The O.C.) and will be directed by Six Feet Under exec producer Alan Poul: it “explores the concept of open marriages and couple-swapping practiced by suburban couples in ’70s.” And I’m told that ABC Entertainment prez Steve McPherson is fondest of what people in the industry are calling his Desperate Husbands — an hour-long corporate soap about CEOs gone wild. This untitled project gone to pilot follows the boardroom and bedroom antics of four dysfunctional but lovable high-powered execs. John Feldman (co-creator, Reunion) is writing and exec producing for Warner Bros TV.
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