2008 Pilot Season


Network pilots: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox

Feb. 29

Foreign flavor appeals to Fox
The pilot-pickup season of foreign formats continued Thursday when Fox greenlighted two single-camera comedy pilots based on British series, "Outnumbered" and "Spaced."  Full story

Feb. 28

CBS heads to international house of pilots
CBS has picked up two drama pilots based on international formats, "Ny-Lon" and "Mythological X," as well as the drama presentation "Can Openers." Full story

New trend: stars before pickups
With the pilot season truncated to three months because of the writers strike, some broadcast networks are switching the order of pilot casting and pickups to save time and give themselves a better shot at sought-after talent. Full story

Feb. 27

Moonves: Pilots 'vastly overrated'
Declaring that "pilots are vastly overrated," CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said the writers strike has given the network the opportunity to save millions and revamp its development process. Full story

'Mentalist' gets Heller, Nutter
CBS has picked up its first post-strike pilot, Bruno Heller's crime drama "The Mentalist." Meanwhile, ABC is considering yet another improbable renewal of the long-running comedy "According to Jim." Full story

Feb. 26

Casting on for 'Frank,' 'Life'
Two comedy projects, Fox's "Don't Bring Frank" and CBS' "Ex Life," have been cleared for casting. Full story

Feb. 25

With writers strike over, casting for pilots on a roll
With the end of the writers strike, casting has picked up on some of the pilots ordered before and during the work stoppage. Full story

Feb. 22

Showtime orders pilot starring Falco
Showtime is fast-tracking a dark comedy project starring Edie Falco. The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for the untitled single-camera comedy. Full story

Feb. 21

CBS greenlights two reality pilots
CBS is adding divorce and crime to its reality development slate. The network has greenlighted two pilots: "Splitsville" and an untitled project from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" creator/executive producer Tom Forman. Full story

Feb. 20

A Lifetime 'game-changer'
Lifetime is looking to make its first foray into the multicamera comedy format with a new production model that allows the network bigger ownership. Full story

Deadline looms for scribes with ABC deals
The clock is ticking for writers who have projects in development at ABC. Sources said the network has set a deadline for all scripts -- drama and comedy -- to be turned in. Full story

NBC will present to advertisers
NBC Universal on Tuesday officially did away with its traditional upfront presentation, instead highlighting one-on-one contact with Madison Avenue and mapping out a year-round programming schedule. Full story

Feb. 19

'Grace' guys, ABC restart pickup game
In the first major scripted TV sale after the writers strike, ABC has picked up a multicamera comedy from "Will & Grace" creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Full story

Feb. 14

Showtime picks pilots post-strike
Showtime became an unlikely supplier of strike content when CBS picked up "Dexter" during the heart of the labor stoppage. Full story

Jetix orders two pilots
Disney's Jetix is revving up its slate with two more live-action projects, handing out pilot orders to the skateboarding-centric "Mongoose & Luther" and the monster truck-themed "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" Full story

TNT gains 'Leverage' for series
TNT has picked up Dean Devlin's action drama pilot "Leverage" to series. The cable network has ordered 13 episodes of the project that stars Timothy Hutton and is executive produced by Devlin and John Rogers. Full story

A 'Samurai' in ABC Family
ABC Family has picked up "Samurai Girl," which the cable network plans to air as a "major programming event" consisting of three two-hour episodes. Full story

Feb. 8

Jackson in for sci-fi 'Fringe'
"Dawson's Creek" alum Joshua Jackson is returning to television as the male lead in "Fringe," Fox's high-profile sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
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