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Pilot Intel: CBS eyes 11 new dramas, 9 new comedies

CBS may have created two of the most popular new series this season - NCIS: LA and The Good Wife - but the network still has some bare spots to contend with (we hardly knew ye, Three Rivers!) Not one to stray from its bread and butter shows, the network’s got a Criminal Minds spinoff in the works plus a new project from CSI honcho Carol Mendelsohn, but all eyes are on its redux of Hawaii Five-O starring Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim. And don’t think CBS is resting on its laurels with the (unfathomable) success of Gary, Unmarried and Rules of Engagement:  it has lots more multi-camera sitcoms in the works, including a promising new show about overeaters from Father Comedy, aka Chuck Lorre (Two and A Half Men, Big Bang Theory). Here are the network’s fall pilot orders, many of which are still being cast (decisions on which projects are ordered to series are typically made in the weeks leading up to CBS’s presentation to advertisers, which occurs this May in New York. And nope - it’s not likely every project will get a pickup. Not even you, Criminal Minds spinoff. OK, maybe you):

Dramas

Untitled Michael Dinner Project. An ATF agent hunts juggles home life while trying to capture dangerous criminals.

Chaos (Tom Spezialy, Brett Ratner). Ragtag group of CIA operatives ensnared by backstabbing and beaucratic snafus. Stars Freddy Rodriguez (Grindhouse).

Criminal Minds spinoff (Chris Mundy). New iteration of CBS’ successful crime show. Stars Forest Whitaker (The Shield).  

Defenders (Carol Mendelsohn, Niels Mueller, Kevin Kennedy). Drama about two hard-charging Sin City attorneys.

Hawaii Five-O (Peter Lenkov, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman). An update of the popular ’60s drama about Hawaii State Police that stars Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), Alex O’Loughlin (Moonlight), and Taryn Manning (Sons of Anarchy).

I Witness (Trey Calloway, Pam Veasey). A rollover from 2009, this drama pilot focuses on a detective-cum-professor who uses special mind skills to solve crimes.

Untitled Burgess & Green project (Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green). A family of cops in New York.

The Quinn-Tuplets (Mike Kelley). A drama chronicling the lives of five adult quintuplets. Stars Sam Witwer (Smallville).

The Odds (Jeff Wadlow, Joel Silver) A buddy cop show set in Las Vegas.

Untitled Medical Project (Hannah Shakespeare, John Wells). A drama about a mobile medical team that stars Amy Smart (Crank).

Untitled Redlich/Bellucci Project (Ed Redlich, John Belluci). About a female NYPD detective with a razor-sharp memory.

Comedies

Untitled Ant Hines Project. British deadbeat dad moves to L.A. to reunite with his teenage daughter.

Hitched (Josh Schwartz, Matt Miller). A multi-camera comedy about a newlywed couple and their friends, family. Stars Eugene Levy (Best in Show) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) 

Livin’ On a Prayer (Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Kourtney Kang, Joe Kelly). A multi-camera comedy about an unmarried couple in Pittsburgh and their friends. Stars Joe Manganiello (True Blood).

Mike and Molly (Mark Roberts, Chuck Lorre). A multi-camera comedy about a couple that overeats.

Open Books (Gail Lerner). Centers around a female book editor; stars Laura Benanti (Eli Stone).

Team Spitz (Bill Martin, Mike Schiff). A multi-camera comedy about a high school football coach that stars Rob Riggle (Gary Unmarried).

True Love (Matt Tarses). A multi-camera comedy about four New York friends that stars Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Ashley Austin Morris (The Electric Company).

Untitled Tad Quill. A multi-camera comedy about a widowed father who’s attempting to get back on the (dating) horse.

Sh** My Dad Says (Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker). A multi-camera comedy based on Halpern’s Twitter account that stars William Shatner (Boston Legal).

 

More: Lynette Rice’s full coverage of TV pilot season

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