2007-08 comedy pilots: CBS

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Ensembles and young male leads are prominent on CBS' eclectic comedy slate, reflecting the eye network's effort to cast a wide creative net with its development this year.

More than half of the projects are in the single-camera format, up from just one last year. But there wasn't a conscious effort to target filmed comedies, says Wendi Trilling, CBS executive vp comedy development.

"Our development as always is really dictated by the writers who we wanted to be in business with and what it was that they wanted to write," Trilling says.

Despite of the high volume of single-camera pilots this year, Trilling says she is pleased to see that there is life yet for the traditional multicamera sitcom -- as demonstrated by promising midseason entry "Rules of Engagement."

CBS' diverse slate of options for fall includes the mockumentary-style "1321 Clover" and projects from Scott Silveri, Paul Reiser and Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. Trilling's team also made a point of rescuing a project from last year, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady's "The Big Bang Theory," that had a lot of fans but didn't quite jell in its first iteration.

"We pride ourselves on continuing to try to fix things," she says. "We don't think it makes sense to throw the baby out with the bath water."

1321 Clover
Prod. Co.: CBS Paramount Network Television
Prod. Team: Paul Corrigan (writer), Brad Walsh (writer), Walt Becker (director)
Documentary-style comedy about a typical suburban American family (single-camera)

Atlanta (cast-contingent)
Prod. Co.: CBS Paramount Network Television
Prod. Team: Paul Reiser
Centers on a man and a woman who meet at a funeral and can't seem to stay away from each other (single-camera)

The Big Bang Theory
Prod. Co.: Warner Bros. Television
Prod. Team: Chuck Lorre (writer), Bill Prady (writer), James Burrows (director)
Science geeks (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons) befriend a woman (Kaley Cuoco) who is out of their element

The Captain
Prod. Co.: CBS Paramount Network Television
Prod. Team: John Hamburg (writer, director)
Young writer (Fran Kranz) whose life starts to change when he moves into a legendary Hollywood apartment building (single-camera)

Ex Men
Prod. Co.: CBS Paramount Network Television
Prod. Team: Rob Greenberg (writer, director)
Newly single guy is taken under the wing of a group of more "experienced" guys (single-camera)

Fugly
Prod. Co.: 20th Century Fox Television
Prod. Team: Greg Garcia (writer), Alan Kirschenbaum, Todd Holland (director)
Three siblings -- identical twin sisters and a brother -- buy one sister an extreme makeover and move to Hollywood (single-camera)

Giants of Radio (presentation)
Prod. Co.: 20th Century Fox Television
Prod. Team: Jason Weiner (writer, director), Todd Komarnicki, Jon Berg, Matt Weinberg
Ensemble comedy set at a radio network (single-camera)

Untitled Kohan/Mutchnick
Prod. Co.: Warner Bros. Television
Prod. Team: Max Mutchnick (writer), David Kohan (writer), James Burrows (director)
Office buddy comedy about two friends and writing partners, one straight and one gay, and the women who work with them

The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud (cast-cont.)
Prod. Co.: ABC TV Studio/CBS Paramount Network TV
Prod. Team: Jeff Greenstein (writer)
Former literary genius has an awakening and decides to pursue optimism instead of cynicism

Untitled Scott Silveri
Prod. Co.: Warner Bros. Television
Prod. Team: Scott Silveri (writer)
Ensemble about the people who are up all night while the rest of us are sleeping

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