Mandi Bierly
February 03, 2009 AT 09:40 PM EST

Variety has the latest news on CBS pilot orders. Let’s take a look…

House Rules: This D.C.-set drama revolves around newly elected representatives and comes from writer Michael Seitzman (North Country) and producer Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy), the gentlemen behind the Eye’s previously reported pickup Empire State. I think it could work for CBS: Washington says old; “newly elected” says not too old. TAG (Totally Arbitrary Grade): B-

The Fish Tank: The screenwriters of What Women Want (who exec produce Fox’s ‘Til Death) got a cast-contingent order for this sitcom, which means the network has to approve their star. I can see why. It “centers on a teen who suddenly gets his parents’ house to himself five days a week.” My first reaction was Huh? My second was McLOVIN! TAG: B-

A Marriage: Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, Once and Again) attempt to recover from their quarterlife debacle with this family drama about an allegedly happy marriage. The “allegedly” is mine. Do you buy it? Not a lot of info to go on, but sometimes you gotta trust the names. TAG: B

More on pilot season:
CBS plans arranged-marriage reality show. Discuss.
Bruckheimer, star-crossed lovers, and ‘Fame’ comparisons
CBS plans arranged-marriage reality show. Discuss.
ABC likes Lauren Graham, CBS more procedurals!
Grade the latest orders, including ‘Parenthood’
Grade the latest orders, including one from Shonda Rhimes and a detective show with an 11-year-old genius 
V and Lost in the ’80s a go
Ab Fab import and Witches of Eastwick-based drama a go
Grade Fox’s latest orders

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