Pilots in play via extended options

'The Station,' 'House Rules' in contention for nets

"The Station," Ben Stiller's comedy pilot for Fox, is staying in contention at the network as Fox and producing studio 20th Century Fox TV have extended options on the cast through year's end.

Another pilot still alive from this past development season is the CBS/ABC Studios drama "House Rules," whose actors' options also were picked up through year's end.

"Station," executive produced by Stiller, revolves around covert CIA operative Eric (Justin Bartha) and his workmates, who are on a mission in Central America to install a new dictator.

John Goodman and Whitney Cummings co-starred in the pilot, which will be tweaked. The single-camera project, written by Kevin Napier and directed David Wain, was shot in the summer.

For "Rules," it is the second time actors' options have been extended. CBS and ABC Studios first put a hold on most of the pilot's cast members -- including star Zoe McLellan, Eion Bailey, Kristin Bauer, Tawny Cypress, Anna Chlumsky and Denzel Whitaker -- at the end of June, when their original options expired.
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