CBS heads to international house of pilots

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CBS has picked up two drama pilots based on international formats, "Ny-Lon" and "Mythological X," as well as the drama presentation "Can Openers."

"Ny-Lon," from ABC Studios, revolves around a female New York record store clerk and a male London stock broker who, after a fateful encounter in the British capital, embark on a cross-continental romance.

The project is based on Channel 4's 2004 series, which starred Rashida Jones and Stephen Moyer.

Patti Carr and Lara Runnels penned the script and are co-executive producing. Executive producing the CBS pilot are Touchpaper's Rob Pursey — who served as an executive producer on the original series — as well as Beacon TV's Armyan Bernstein and Laurie Zaks, Pangea's Chris Coelen and a Pandemonium executive.

The 20th Century Fox TV-produced "Mythological X," based on an Israeli series, will be written by Diane Ruggiero. It centers on a woman who, after learning from a psychic that she already has dated the man she's supposed to marry, revisits all her past relationships in the hopes of finding him.

Ruggiero is executive producing with Jonathan Levin.

"Can Openers," from Sony Pictures TV, centers on a twentysomething woman and her fellow residents who fight to survive the intensely competitive boys club that is the seven-year neurosurgical residency.

Apostle's Jim Serpico is exec producing. Elle Johnson is the writer/co-executive producer.

The three projects join drama pilot "The Mentalist," picked up Tuesday by CBS, as well as four other pilots — dramas "Eleventh Hour" and "The Meant to Be's" and comedies "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Worst Week" — ordered before the strike.

CBS brass has said that the network will pick up fewer pilots this year and do a number of them on a smaller budget or as presentations.
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