TBS loads up on comedy pilots


TBS has picked up two more hourlong comedy pilots with cast-contingent orders: "In Security," from comedy feature director Pete Segal and broadcast comedy veteran Ric Swartzlander, and "Franklin & Bash," from broadcast drama veterans Kevin Falls and Bill Chais.

"Security" was written by Swartzlander ("Gary Unmarried") and Segal ("Get Smart"), who are executive producing with Chris Albrecht and Michael Ewing.

Segal, who worked with Swartzlander on the NBC comedy "Hidden Hills," also is attached to direct the potential pilot, about two sisters who head up a private-security team protecting the super elite while dealing with personal and family issues.

"Bash," from Sony TV, was written by "Journeyman" creator Falls and "Head Cases" creator Chais, who worked together on CBS' "Shark" as well as Fox's "Head Cases."

The project, which the two are exec producing with Sony-based Jamie Tarses, revolves around Jared Franklin and Steven Bash, two street lawyers and lifelong friends who, after taking down a white-shoe law firm in a high-profile case, are recruited by the firm's patriarch.

"Security" and "Bash" mark TBS' third and fourth cast-contingent orders for hourlong comedy projects under the network's new programming strategy to expand its core lineup of half-hour sitcoms to include animated and hourlong series.

The other pilots are "Uncle Nigel," whose contingency was lifted by the casting of Gary Cole as the lead, and "Glory Daze."
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