Pilots land safely at NBC


NBC has handed out pilot orders to Kevin Falls' sci-fi drama "Journeyman" and to suburban one-hour "The Watch" from "There's Something About Mary" writers Ed Decter and John J. Strauss.

Additionally, the network has lifted the contingency on three comedy pilots: "I'm With Stupid," "The IT Crowd" and "Kath & Kim."

"Journeyman," from 20th Century Fox TV, has received a cast-contingent order. It is an epic romantic fantasy about a man who travels back in time to alter and fix the lives of people in trouble, but by recalibrating the past, he sometimes affects the future.

Emmy winner Falls (NBC's "The West Wing") is the writer/ executive producer. The project originally was picked up by NBC in August with a put pilot commitment (HR 8/21).

"The Watch," from Sony Pictures TV and Pariah, revolves around a suburban neighborhood watch group gone awry.

Decter and Strauss, whose credits also include the two "Santa Clause" sequels, are executive producing with Pariah's Gavin Polone and Jamie Tarses.

"I'm With Stupid," "The IT Crowd" and "Kath & Kim" were given cast-contingent pilot orders in November (HR 11/9). The contingency has now been lifted on the three NBC Universal TV Studio shows — all based on international formats — and are moving forward with firm production orders.

"Stupid," a co-production with Reveille and BBC Worldwide Prods., is based on the BBC 3 comedy about a down-and-out guy who befriends a wheelchair-bound young man and winds up moving into his group home for the disabled.

Wil Calhoun penned the pilot and is executive producing with Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Ben Silverman, Kenton Allen and Bradley Thomas.

Peter Farrelly is set to direct the single-camera project, which originally was picked up by NBC with a put pilot commitment (HR 10/23).

"Kath & Kim," also a co-production with Reveille, is based on the hit Australian sitcom about a divorced mother and her miserable daughter who live together in the suburbs. Nancy Pimental penned the adaptation and is executive producing with Silverman.

"IT Crowd," a co-production with FremantleMedia North America, is a hybrid multi- and single-camera comedy based on the Channel 4 series about three misfits who work in the IT department of a large corporation.

David Guarascio, Moses Port, Joe Port and Joe Wiseman are the writers/executive producers.

Graham Lineman, creator of the original series, will serve as consultant.
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