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Network Shows in Play

1/09/2005 07:00:00 PM Eastern

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
Working Title Network Vision
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