Network Shows in Play
By Jim Finkle -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/9/2005 7:00:00 PM
Development season is in full swing. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the contenders the six broadcast networks are considering for the 2005-06 prime time season.
Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Amazing Race) is working on E-Ring, a Pentagon drama for NBC, and an untitled drama about mismatched lawyers for The WB.
John Wells (ER, The West Wing) is developing The Evidence for ABC: two cops schooled in forensic evidence.
Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (thirtysomething, Once and Again) are developing 1/4life for ABC, about a group of twentysomethings.
Frank Langley (Cops) is mixing reality with fiction in Hollywood Vice.
David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal) has a med-school drama for The WB called Halley’s Comet.
Fox is bending time (similar to 24) with Reunion. Each episode covers a year in the life of a group of friends.
The list of signed comedies is relatively short and also dominated by familiar names. ABC has at least three of them:
Emilio Estevez heads a sitcom from Mad About You writer Danny Jacobson.
Freddie Prinze Jr. is being pitched as a man plagued by women who drive him crazy.
An unnamed show casts Melissa Etheridge as a gay women living with her male best friend.
Fox projects include a Good Morning, Vietnam-type show set in Baghdad and Peep Show, a Carsey-Werner take on a British comedy à la The Odd Couple.
NBC is looking at a pilot with Happy Days’ vet Scott Baio as a middle-age man who gets a younger roomate.
CBS is quiet on development but is signed to do a medical drama with exec producer/writer Peter Ocko.
|In the Works|
|TBD=To be determined
|1/4life (Touchstone TV)||ABC||Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick put seven friends in a house, where they face friendship, love, sex and work.|
|The Evidence (John Well Prods/Warner Bros. TV)||ABC||John Wells procedural about two best friends obsessed with looking at forensic evidence.|
|3 Lbs. (Paramount Network TV)||CBS||Is this drama about brain surgeons the start of a medical franchise?|
|Hollywood Vice (Fox 21/Langley Prods.)||Fox||Mostly improvisational show about the Hollywood Vice Squad by the creator of Cops.|
|E-Ring (Warner Bros. TV)||NBC||Jerry Bruckheimer drama chronicles the lives of people inside the Pentagon.|
|Book of Daniel (NBC Universal TV)||NBC||Dramedy about a minister/dad befriended by a hip, congenial Jesus|
|Fathom (NBC Universal TV)||NBC||Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets The Abyss.|
|TBD (Warner Bros. TV)||WB||Jerry Bruckheimer is behind this story of a legal odd couple.|
|TBD (Warner Bros. TV/Wonderland)||WB||McG is the driver as The X-Files meets Route 66.|
|Halley’s Comet (David E. Kelley/20th Century Fox TV)||WB||Dramedy about a cancer survivor in med school|
|Long Island Sound (Warner Bros. TV/Tannenbaum)||ABC||Like Mad About You, the show is based on the life of writer Danny Jacobson.|
|TBD (Warner Bros. TV)||ABC||Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as a Puerto Rican man surrounded by women who drive him crazy.|
|TBD (20th Century Fox TV/Brad Grey)||ABC||Melissa Etheridge as a gay music teacher living with her best friend and his daughter|
|Spirit of America (20th Century Fox TV)||Fox||Life at a Baghdad TV station trying to bring American-style entertainment to war-torn Iraq|
|TBD (HBO Independent Prods./Tagline)||NBC||Scott Baio as a middle-aged guy whose life is turned upside down by a twentysomething roommate.|
|Lies and the Women We Tell Them To (NBC Universal TV)||NBC||Four close friends who have trouble with the truth|
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