Was Tuesday the last day for networks to pick up pilots? Because there seem to be a lot of them.
The latest mad scramble for new programming sees ABC pick up a new comedy series, "Pulling," plus dramas "Betrayal" from David Zabel ("ER"), "Venice" from McG ("Charlie's Angels", "Supernatural"), and finally "The Returned" from Aaron Zelman ("The Killing") and fronted by Brad Pitt's Plan B production studio.
Here's what we know about the projects:
- "Pulling" is a single-camera comedy based on a 2006 British series of the same name, written by "Bad Teacher" screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. The series follows three dysfunctional women living their lives in their own manner, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out. Much like the US adaptation of "The Office," the UK creators Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly will serve as executive producers on the project with the writers and Aaron Kaplan (who also has pilots on order at both CBS and NBC).
- "Betrayal" is another foreign series adaptation, this one a serialized drama entitled "Overspel" from the Netherlands' public broadcaster Vara. The series centers on the torrid affair between an unhappily married female photographer and a lawyer who is defending a murder suspect being prosecuted by her husband. The adaptation is written by former "ER" showrunner Zabel, who will serve as executive producer along with the team behind "Red Widow" Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg.
- "Venice," from director/producer McG, is a "Romeo and Juliet"-esque love story with the star-crossed lovers both members of powerful families vying for control of Venice, California. Not much background on this one yet, which depending on the writing team could be another "Revenge" or another "Beverly Hills 90210" (hopefully more the former).
- "The Returned" is another serialized drama from Zelman, writer on AMC's "The Killing," and is based on a yet-to-be-published debut novel from Jason Mott at Mira Books. The high-concept project is set in the small town of Aurora, whose residents are shaken to the core when their deceased loved ones return from the grave with no awareness that they had passed on. Seems more like mini-series material, a format that I wish networks didn't shy away from, but a promising concept nonetheless.
What do you think of these projects?