PICK-UPS & SALES
ABC has added two more comedy pilots to it slate:
- MALIBU COUNTRY starring Riba MacEntire is a multi-camera comedy that centers on McEntire’s character after her rockstar husband cheats on her and leaves her with no money, as she is forced to move with her three children out of Nashville to the one asset she has remaining, a little house in Malibu, CA. There, she must attempt to reignite her singing career and raise her family, all without succumbing to the materialistic world of Malibu. Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel with executive produce alongside Arvel Blackstock; Dave Stewart and Laura Ziskin.
- PRAIRIE DOGS, written and executive produced by Jackie Filgo and Jeff Filgo, centers on Neil, an uncool cubicle worker at one of the coolest companies in the world, who becomes the victim of identity theft. When he discovers the thief has created a much more fulfilling, kick ass life with his identity than he ever has, he engages the charismatic conman to help him change his life.
Jake Kasdan (New Girl) will direct another female-centered single-camera comedy pilot from a female creator for Fox, 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment this season. Kasdan has come on board to helm Dana Fox’s BEN FOX IS MY MANNY, which centers on an uptight single mother whose aimless brother moves in to help raise her daughter.
Michael Mayer, who made his pilot directing debut last season with NBC/Universal TV’s upcoming musical drama “Smash,” has been tapped to direct another NBC/Universal TV pilot DO NO HARM, a medical drama about a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.
Philip Noyce is set to direct AMERICANA for ABC. The drama is set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business. Noyce will also executive produce.
Anthony Russo and Joe Russo will direct and executive produce the NBC single-camera comedy pilot ANIMAL KINGDOM. The series is set up at a historic apartment building in New York City and centers on a young couple who become its managers. They unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the residence.
SHOWTIME has given its entire Sunday lineup an early renewal. The cable network has renewed SHAMELESS for its third season, freshman series HOUSE OF LIES for a second and CALIFORNICATION for its sixth season.