ABC, NBC pilots set '80s invasion


ABC is flashing the "V" sign.

The network has given a pilot order to a new take on NBC's 1980s miniseries about an alien invasion.

Meanwhile, NBC's comedy pilot "Lost in the '80s," originally picked up as director-contingent, has firmed up its order with the hire of "Confessions of a Shopaholic" helmer P.J. Hogan.

Written on spec by "4400" co-creator/executive producer Scott Peters, the new "V" will center on a female Homeland Security agent. Peters is executive producing with HDFilms principal Jason Hall.

Two ABC pilots picked up so far this pilot season — "V" and "The Witches of Eastwick" — are reimaginings of 1980s titles. Both are produced by Warner Bros. TV.

"Lost in the '80s," from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Tantamount, is considered an '80s version of "The Wonder Years" and described as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" meets "The Ice Storm."

Bob Brush penned the script and is executive producing with Tantamount's Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Mitch Hurwitz.

In addition to the upcoming "Shopaholic," the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced romantic comedy starring Isla Fisher, CAA-repped Hogan directed the hit romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding." (partialdiff)
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