Fox, CBS, ABC pick up pilots
'Nevermind Nirvana,' 'Odds,' 'Happy Endings' greenlighted
Three more pilots hit the runway Tuesday.
Fox picked up "Nevermind Nirvana," a comedy from writer Ajay Sahgal; CBS greenlighted "The Odds," a drama from feature writer-director Jeff Wadlow and producer Joel Silver; and ABC ordered "Happy Endings," a comedy from producer Jamie Tarses.
"Nevermind Nirvana," from 20th TV, is described as "Everybody Loves Raymond" with Indian Americans.
It is an ensemble multicamera comedy about two grown-up sons, their Indian immigrant parents and their friends, including one of the son's Caucasian girlfriend.
"It's about how their lives intersect in often polarizing ways and about the clash of the old Indian values and the new American values," Sahgal said.
"Nirvana" is largely based on real-life experiences by Sahgal, who is the son of Indian immigrants and is married to "Lie to Me" co-star Kelli Williams.
He first developed "Nirvana" for NBC and NBC Studios during the 2003-04 season under Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who then was NBC's president of primetime development.
The project was picked up to pilot starring Kal Penn and Judy Greer and directed and produced by David Schwimmer.
In the fall of 2004, NBC redeveloped it as "Nearly Nirvana," with Schwimmer as director-producer and, in a last-minute recasting of Arj Barker, Sahgal as the lead opposite Greer.
While it ultimately didn't make the cut at NBC, Reilly remained a fan of the concept, and when Sahgal ran into him at a "Lie" event last year, Reilly encouraged him to revisit it, which Sahgal did under a blind script deal he had with 20th TV.
"Maybe third time is the charm," Sahgal said, dismissing any possibility for him to star in the new pilot.
"I'd like it to be successful," he quipped.
"The Odds," from Warner Bros. TV, is a buddy cop show set in Las Vegas where the cops are just as outrageous as the crimes they solve.
Wadlow ("Never Back Down") penned the script and is exec producing with Silver. Beau Bauman serves as producer.
"Happy Endings," from Sony TV and Tarses' Fanfare, was written by up-and-coming writer David Caspe, who was recently featured on the 2009 Black List with "I Hate You Dad," a feature comedy he has in development at Sony and Happy Madison.
The single-camera comedy centers on a couple that breaks up at the altar, forcing them and their group of friends to figure out how to maintain their friendships after the split.
Tarses is exec producing.
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