Fox picks up 'Past Life'

Net, studio haggling over 'Bones'

Fox on Thursday picked up reincarnation drama "Past Life" from Warner Bros. as the network continues placing orders for next season.

Meanwhile, three days before Fox's presentation, the network is yet to lock one of its top dramas, "Bones."

In what has been the case across the board this recession-impacted development season, the network and sister studio 20th TV are haggling over license fees on "Bones," but a deal is expected by the time Fox's execs take the stage Monday afternoon.

"Past Life" follows a team of detectives who solve crimes using regression therapy and the theory of reincarnation. The project already is making offers to writers.

"Past Life" joins Tuesday's pickups for the comedy "Sons of Tucson" (20th TV and J2TV) and the action-drama "Human Target" (WBTV, DC Comics and Wonderland).

The duo joined the previously announced animated comedy "Cleveland" and dramedy "Glee" among the network's list of new shows.

Fox comedy "Brothers," starring former pro football player Michael Strahan and CCH Pounder, is also in contention for a pickup from Sony/Tantamount, but negotiations have hit a snag, sources said.

Meanwhile, Friday night cult favorite "Dollhouse" is still in the running.

Also in consideration, possibly for midseason, is drama pilot "Maggie Hill," which will probably be redeveloped if picked up.

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