CBS finally joins pilot season party with its first two pilots! Meanwhile, NBC ordered its 5th drama! ABC and CW have yet to order anything.
First drama pilot for CBS goes to an Untitled Legal Drama Project written by Tony Phelan & Joan Rater, longtime writers and producers for Grey’s Anatomy, now working on Madam Secretary. Elementary‘s Carl Beverly & Sarah Timberman are producing. It centers on a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets involved romantically with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. This project had a big commitment attached. At first glance, it doesn’t look like a CBS type of show.
Second order is an Untitled multicamera comedy (Smartly, CBS only developed multicamera comedies this year) from writer Justin Halpern (Shit my dad says, Surviving Jack) and producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town). It was conceived as a vehicle for stand-up comedian Tommy Johnagin, inspired by his own life. It’s about a comic raising his family in a small Midwestern town. Here again, it had a heavy commitment, a pilot production one to be more precise.
At NBC, drama Game Of Silence based on a Turkish format Suskunlar has just been ordered to pilot. It’s written by David Hudgins, who previously worked on Parenthood, Friday Night Lights and Everwood. Family drama is clearly his thing but this time he heads towards something different. The thriller project is about a rising attorney on the brink of spectacular success who could lose his perfect life when his long-lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret from their violent past. Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) who just started her own company is co-producing with Sony Pictures Television.