More pilots have been greenlit in the US with big names attached including Jerry Bruckheimer, McG and Mitch Hurwitz.
ABC approved an untitled pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer revolving around a team of dedicated amateur detectives working on cases of unidentified victims. If the pilot goes to series, it would be Bruckheimer’s first scripted show on ABC. The network famously passed on CSI before it was sold to CBS.
Producer/ Director McG also won pilot approval for Limelight, a soap set around the teachers and students of a performing arts college in New York City. Loosely based on the experiences of hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes fame, it is described as a blend of contemporary music and dance set against “the dreams, hopes, and struggles of their personal lives.”
It joins another music-themed high school drama, FOX’s Glee, from Nip / Tuck creator Ryan Murphy.
Empire State written by Michael Seitzman, revolves around two families, one of blue collar iron workers and the other of the wealthy real estate tycoons that run them, who collide in present day Manhattan when a Romeo and Juliet romance occurs. ABC Studios will produce.
CBS has approved three drama pilots:
An untitled U.S. Attorney project, from The Unit producer Frank Military, is an ensemble legal show about a team of federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan.
Back, from writer Dean Widenmann centres on a man who returns home, only to discover he had been reported missing eight years earlier, after Sept. 11. He must learn how to reconnect with his family and a world that moved on without him.
Washington Field, from Criminal Minds’ Ed Bernero, is named after FBI’s Washington Field Office that houses the National Capital Response Squad, a unit comprising elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that concern the U.S. national interest.
And finally Let It Go will star Gilmore Girls‘ Lauren Graham (pictured) as a female talkshow host who is dumped by her boyfriend, and isn’t able to follow her own advice of “letting things go.”
The good news is Arrested Development’s Mitch Hurwitz is an executive producer.