The WB Television Network is really attempting to keep its development in-house next season.
The AOL Time Warner Inc. network picked up 10 comedy and eight drama pilots on
Monday, and 15 are from co-owned Warner Bros. TV or other in-house production
Former WB Entertainment president Susanne Daniels is behind two of the
projects, including a new take on Western The Lone Ranger.
Paramount is the only outside studio producing pilots for The WB that aren't
co-produced by an AOL Time Warner entity.
Paramount Network Television is behind comedies Do Over and House Blend,
and Paramount-based Spelling Television is producing drama Brats.
Former NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield's production company is
co-producing Do Over.
The only other outside influence at The WB is News Corp. studio Regency Television,
which is co-producing drama Aces with Warner Bros.
WB executives said they will likely pick up two more comedy pilots within the
next few days.
Comedies picked up include:
- The Amanda Bynes Project (Warner Bros.)
- Horrid Little Girls (Warner Bros.)
- In My Opinion (Warner Bros./Daniels)
- &TBA - an improv sitcom> (Warner Bros.)
- &TBA - an untitled "crazy grandmother" project> (in-house
- Brave New World (in-house)
- This Time (in-house)
- Prep (in-house)
Drama pickups include:
- Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.)
- The Black Sash (Warner Bros.)
- Everwood (Warner Bros.)
- In My Life (in-house)
- Lost in Oz (Warner Bros.)
Thus far, The WB has given renewals for next season to Reba, Smallville,
Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven, Charmed and Dawson's Creek.