More pilots fly at NBC, ABC, Fox


NBC has handed a cast contingent pilot order to the drama "M.O.N.Y," from Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson.

The network also has greenlighted "Area 52," a comedy pilot to be directed by Dean Parisot.

Meanwhile, Fox picked up the comedy pilot "The Rules of Starting Over," executive produced by the Farrelly brothers, and ABC has welcomed "American Family," a comedy pilot from Jay Scherick and Dave Ronn, and a one-hour comedy pilot from Rina Mimoun.

"M.O.N.Y," from NBC Universal TV Studio, centers on a socially conscious New York public advocate who is thrust into the uncomfortable position of becoming interim mayor and struggles to balance his moral center with the hardball realities of the city's politics.

Fontana and Levinson are the writers/executive producers.

"Area 52," also from NBC Uni TV, is a workplace comedy set at a remote location in the Nevada desert where the U.S. government houses an extraterrestrial.

Mike Armstrong ("Snitch") penned the script and is executive producing with Parisot and David Latt.

Parisot, who most recently directed the feature "Fun With Dick and Jane," also helmed the pilots for USA Network's hit dramedy "Monk" and for ABC's critically praised comedy "The Job."

"Starting Over," from 20th Century Fox TV, Conundrum Entertainment and Watson Pond Prods., revolves around a 35-year-old and his buddies — all newly single after years of marriage — who jump back into the dating scene and learn the painful rules of starting over.

Feature writers Chris Pappas and Mike Bernier penned the project, which originally was picked up by the network in December with a script commitment plus penalty (HR 12/8).

Brad Johnson, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly and Bradley Thomas are executive producing, with Pappas and Bernier serving as co-executive producers and Kevin Barnett and Katy McCaffrey as producers. Bobby Farrelly also is on board to direct.

The single-camera "American Family," from Sony Pictures TV, revolves around a modern family that does what it takes to maintain appearances for the neighbors despite the chaos and challenges that are part of raising a family.

Scherick and Ronn are the writers/executive producers. The duo's feature writing credits include the comedies "National Security," "Guess Who" and the upcoming "Norbit."

The untitled Rina Mimoun project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a successful female attorney who leaves her high-powered big-city law firm to move home to Savannah, Ga., where her crazy relatives live, and winds up joining her father's family law practice. The project, written by former "Everwood" showrunner Mimoun, was given a put pilot commitment by the network in September.