NBC picks up two comedies, Fox adds a drama

Pilots 'Piggy,' 'Nathan vs. Nurture,' 'Guilty' ordered

Comedy "This Little Piggy" is getting a second shot, this time at NBC.

NBC on Friday evening ordered a pilot from the multi-camera sitcom, produced by ABC Studios.

Also on Friday night, NBC greenlighted another multi-camera comedy pilot, "Nathan vs. Nurture," from Sony TV, while Fox gave thumbs-up to legal drama "Pleading Guilty," from director-producer Jon Avnet, 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment.

"Piggy," about two adult siblings who, after falling on hard times, are forced to move back into their childhood home with their eldest brother and his family, was originally written on spec by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. It landed a late presentation order by ABC in March 2009 and was set up at ABC Studios.

The project didn't make the cut for a series pickup but ABC Studios remained high on the project, extending the options on several cast member from the pilot at the end of June.

Those options have since expired and the pilot for NBC will feature a brand new cast.

The pickup of "Piggy" marks a rare collaboration between vertically-integrated companies and NBC's first major commitment to a project from ABC Studios since the network's cancellation of the ABC Studios-produced comedy "Scrubs" two years ago.

In addition to writing, Cragg and Bradley are executive producing.

"Nathan vs. Nurture," from "Aliens in America" creators David Guarascio and Moses Port, centers on an overachieving heart surgeon given up for adoption who reunites with his biological parents and underachieving siblings.

The pitch for the project, written and executive produced by UTA-repped Port and Guarascio, landed at NBC during the summer with a script commitment and significant penalty.

"Pleading Guilty," based on Scott Turow's novel, centers on Mack Malloy, an ex-cop-turned-attorney who works as a partner at a powerful Chicago law firm.

"Burn Notice" co-executive producer Jason Tracey wrote the script and is co-executive producing the pilot. Avnet is directing and executive producing.

Avnet had been looking to bring Turow's novel to the screen for some time. In 2005, he developed it as a potential movie for TNT.

"Pleading Guilty" marked the first pilot order for Chernin Entertainment, Peter Chernin's production company launched last year.

Tracey is repped by CAA and Madhouse.

Friday was a busy pickup day for Fox, which ordered a total of four pilots, dramas "Breakout Kings" and "Pleading Guilty" and comedies "Traffic Light" and "Most Likely to Succeed."

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