More funny biz at Fox, ABC

'Beast,' 'Jayne,' two others ordered

Fox has picked up two comedy pilots: "The Beast," from Emmy-winning "Everybody Loves Raymond" writer Tucker Cawley, and an untitled project developed through the network's Creative Writer Development Initiative.

ABC also has ordered two comedy pilots, one from "Friends" executive producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan and one titled "See Jayne Run."

On the pilot directing front, Sheree Folkson has signed on to helm ABC's drama "Judy's Got a Gun."

Based on the British series "Beast," created by Simon Nye, "The Beast" is a multicamera workplace comedy centering on a charming and womanizing veterinarian who hates animals but loves the perks his job provides. Cawley is the writer/executive producer.

CBS Paramount Network TV is producing with the British format's rights-holder, FremantleMedia North America. The project originally was picked up by Fox in October with a put pilot commitment (HR 10/13).

The second Fox comedy pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV, was written by Elizabeth Meriwether. It revolves around four single women who adjust to life after college. Down Parouse and Jeff Richman are executive producing, while Meriwether will serve as supervising producer.

The untitled Goldberg-Meehan project, from Warner Bros. TV, is a comedic soap set in Washington. Goldberg-Meehan is the writer/executive producer. The project originally was picked up in September with a production commitment.

"Jayne," from Touchstone TV and studio-based Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, is a single-camera comedy about a tough and accomplished investment banker who tries to balance her career and motherhood.

Alana Sanko penned the script and is executive producing with Peter Traugott.

"Gun," from Touchstone TV, is a procedural drama about Judy Lemen, a detective who struggles to balance her personal life as a single mother with her job investigating the unusual crimes that take place in suburbia.

Folkson's recent credits include ABC's "Ugly Betty" as well as the British telefilms "Casanova" and "My Family and Other Animals," both of which aired as part of PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in the U.S.

She is repped by Endeavor and in the U.K. by Jodi Shields at Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates Ltd.
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