SALES & PICK-UPS
ABC has picked up to pilot the UNTITLED ELLEN DEGENERES COMEDY PROJECT, which sparked a bidding war back in September. Portia de Rossi plays one of two dueling sisters, a brilliant and successful woman who has to go to work for her less brainy but more popular sister.
FOX has picked up two comedy pilots: LET IT GO from writer/executive producer DJ Nash and MUST HIRE written by Reed Agnew. “Let it Go,” is an ensemble comedy about a married couple, his best friend, and her sister as they try to navigate, negotiate, and sometimes manipulate society’s unspoken rules. “Must Hire” centers on an uptight, young executive who hires his dad for an entry level position and is shocked to discover that his new hire is a disruptive office clown.
HBO is in business with “Training Day” scribe David Ayer and producer John Lesher. The cable giant has tapped Ayer to write, direct and executive produce the UNTITLED AYER/LESHER POLITICAL THRILLER PROJECT, which will focus on U.S. Special Forces Soldiers who take on new lives undercover inside the LA underworld, blurring the line between the war on terror and the war on drugs. Lesher will also executive produce.