Fox, CBS crank up pickup machine


The traditional broadcast pilot pickup season has kicked into gear.

Fox is close to greenlighting the dramas "Maggie Hill" and Human Target." Meanwhile, CBS has handed out a cast-contingent pilot order to the comedy "Tick Tock."

At TNT, the network has ordered six additional scripts of its promising new drama series "Leverage," which premiered in December.

"Maggie Hill," from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, was written by "Shark" creator Ian Biederman. It is about a female heart surgeon who is schizophrenic.

"Human Target" hails from Warner Bros. TV, McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision and DC Comics.

Based on the cult DC Comics book and written by "Jericho" co-creator Jonathan Steinberg, it centers on a mysterious security expert who goes undercover to protect clients in danger.

The single-camera "Tick Tock," from CBS Paramount TV, centers on a thirtysomething single mom who decides to focus her energies on finding love.

It was penned by Bill Kunstler ("The War at Home") on spec, which had drawn interest from three studios. (partialdiff)