Buzz builds as nets prep for pilot pickups


With pilot pickups around the corner, TV industry circles are buzzing about what scripts have the best shots at getting made.

Hot at Fox are Paul Scheuring's thriller "Masterwork," dramas from Jack Orman, Ian Biederman and Adi Hasak as well as Jon Steinberg's "Human Target" and David Hudgins' "Reincarnationist."

Buzzed-about comedy scripts at Fox include Mike Binder's "Two Dollar Beer," Kevin Napier's "The Station," Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka's "Walorsky," Dave Hemingson and Nahnatchka Khan's "Don't Trust the Bitch at Apt. #23" and Greg Bratman and Tommy Dewey's "Sons of Tucson."

Jesse Alexander's "Day One," Kerry Ehrin's "Girls Chasing Men," Dario Scardapane and Peter Berg's "Trauma" and Hank Steinberg's untitled drama are being talked about at NBC.

Scott Rosenberg, Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec's drama spec "Happy Town" is a noisemaker at ABC, along with "The Witches of Eastwick," Rene Echevarria and Greg Berlanti's "The Return" and the comedy "No Heroics" from Jeff Greenstein and Drew Pearce.

A "NCIS" spinoff, "The Streets of San Francisco," "Hawaii 5.0," Shawn Ryan's "Confessions of a Contractor" and Jerry Bruckheimer's medical drama are hot at CBS, as are Kevin Williamson's "Vampire Diaries" and the "Melrose Place" spinoff at the CW. (partialdiff)