Pilots coming in for a landing

Several incoming and returning series look likely for pickups

It's down to the wire for the pilots vying for a slot on the broadcast networks' schedule for next season.

At ABC, in addition to the already picked-up drama "Flash Forward" and comedy "Modern Family," dramas "The Forgotten," "Happy Town" and "Eastwick" are going very strong, with "Empire State" and "Inside the Box" in contention. "V" remains a possibility for midseason.

On the comedy side, "Cougar Town" and the Cedric the Entertainer starrer "The Law," which is staffing unofficially, look solid, with "The Middle" and "Romantically Challenged" in the mix.

At Fox -- which also already picked up a new drama and comedy series, "Human Target" and "Sons of Tucson," respectively -- the comedy "Brothers" is hot, with support for drama "Past Life" said to be split among the network's top echelon.

Meanwhile, comedy "Ab Fab" has been passed on, joining "Two Dollar Beer" and "Eva Adams."

At the CW, "Melrose Place" and "Vampire Diaries" are considered a lock, with modeling drama "Beautiful Life," "Life Unexpected" (formerly "Light Years") and bubble freshman "Privileged" battling it out for the third slot. The "Gossip Girl" spinoff in consideration for midseason.

At CBS, always the hardest to read because of its imposed cone of silence, comedies "Accidentally on Purpose" and "Waiting to Die" supposedly are still going strong, with the status of another comedy, "Happiness Isn't Everything," constantly changing but now looking at a possible midseason berth. The "NCIS" spinoff is as a sure thing as they come, with "The Good Wife" looking good and "Three Rivers" in the running with star Alex O'Loughlin.
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