CBS picks out pilot trio


CBS handed out three more pilot orders Monday.

The green lights went to "A Marriage," a drama from Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick; "House Rules," a political drama from Mark Gordon; and "The Fish Tank," a single-camera comedy from Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith.

The ABC Studios-produced "Rules" was penned by feature writer Michael Seitzman. It follows a congressional freshman class as they begin their Washington careers. Seitzman, Gordon and Deborah Spera are exec producers.

"Rules" marks the second drama pilot pickup for Seitzman and Gordon during the past few days; on Friday, ABC picked up their "Empire State." For the ICM-repped Seitzman, who penned both, "Rules" is in first position.

"Rules" also marks the first pilot order from a non-Disney network for ABC Studios, which was merged with ABC last month.

The Bedford Falls-produced "Marriage" is described as a dissection of a marriage.

Emmy winners Herskovitz and Zwick penned the pilot, their first for a network other than ABC. Zwick is set to direct.

CAA-repped Herskovitz and Zwick most recently created the online series "quarterlife," which had a brief run on NBC and Bravo.

"Tank," which has received a cast-contingent order, centers on a teenager who finds himself living the dream when his parents give him the house to himself five days a week. Sony TV is producing.

ICM-repped Yuspa and Goldsmith are the creators/executive producers of Fox's comedy " 'Til Death," which has been renewed for next season. For them, "Tank" is in first position. (partialdiff)
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