CBS has fired up the greenlight on the week, announcing the pickup of the UNTITLED ROB SCHNEIDER PROJECT from writers/exec producers Rob Schneider and Lew Morton. Series, which is also exec produced by Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and John Schneider, centers on a solitary guy who marries into a huge Mexican-American family, and tries to find his way.
CBS has also flashed a greenlight for multi-cam comedy HOME GROWN from writers/exec producers Jeff Filgo and Jackie Filgo. The series, which will also see Beth Lacke produce, centers on a man who wrestles with how to parent his unmarried grown daughter and her 12-year-old son while sharing a house with them, his wife and his recently widowed mother.
FX has moved into development on the little know, and still very fresh, UNTITLED DAVID O. RUSSELL PROJECT from writer/exec producer David O. Russell. The project, which very few details have been released, is being developed for actress Connie Britton, who is also expected to be involved in some producing capacity.
NBC has greenlit a project they won a fierce bidding war to win back in October, 2010 still only known as the UNTITLED KARI LIZER COMEDY from writer/exec producer Kari Lizer. The half-hour laugher will center on a woman who helps people transition between jobs.
NBC is eyeing some greener pastures, by greenlighting the upcoming western series THE CROSSING from writer/exec producer Josh Brand. The series, which was originally picked up by FX in 2009, is set in a post-Civil War America, and centers on a mysterious former soldier who arrives in a small town, to find the town views him as something of a savior, whether he wants it or not. Peter Horton (who will direct the pilot) and Aaron Kaplan will also exec produce.
NBC has also finally handed out a greenlight for 2010 holdover PRIME SUSPECT from new writer/exec producer Alexandra Cunningham. The series, which is based on the UK series of the same name, was developed for the 2010 lineup, however was not picked up. The network has since hired a new creative team, beginning with Cunningham, and adding Peter Berg (who will also direct) and Sarah Aubrey as exec producers. The series, centers on a highly-skilled female detective, who needs to prove herself day in, and day out in a male-centric precinct.
Glen Mazzara has stepped into EP duties, agreeing to become a writer/exec producer for the upcoming second season of THE WALKING DEAD for AMC. Mazzara will begin interviewing potential season two writers ASAP.