Nick has dibs on 4 comedy pilots
EmptyNickelodeon is having a busy October, handing out pilot orders to four live-action projects and picking up additional episodes of its comedy series "Just Jordan."
The projects receiving pilot pickups are the action-comedy "The Troop," the comedies "The Norton Avenue All-Stars" and "True Fashion" and the music-centric comedy "One 4 All."
"Troop," described as "Ghostbusters" meets "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," revolves around kids who protect the world from supernatural creatures. The project, from the Tom Lynch Co. (Nickelodeon's "Romeo!"), is created and exec produced by writer-director Greg Coolidge and writers Chris Morgan and Max Burnett. Burnett, Morgan and Coolidge are repped by ICM, H2F Entertainment and attorney Jeff Frankel.
"All-Stars" is a comedy about a group of neighborhood best friends that's described as "The Little Rascals" meets puberty. It's from creator/exec producer Boyd Hale.
"True Fashion," described as "Project Runway" meets "Big," is from creator/exec producer Andy Gordon.
"One 4 All," a comedy about a boy band, is from creator Scott Fellows.
Marjorie Cohn, executive vp development and original programming at Nickelodeon, said it's possible that all four -- a mix of single- and multicamera projects -- could get series orders.
"If all are great, we will pick them all up," she said, giving praise to recently hired senior vp development and original programming Tracy Katsky. "She really leveraged her great network relationships to bring in producers and writers we haven't worked with before. I don't think we've ever picked up this many pilots at once. We're just drawing from a larger pool these days and will continue to make as many as we can."
Meanwhile, the network has picked up seven additional episodes of TEENick's "Jordan," bringing the second-season total to 20. "Jordan," which stars Lil' JJ as a transplant from Little Rock, Ark., to Los Angeles who splits his time between school and waiting tables at his grandpa's diner, is moving to a new day and time -- 8:30 p.m. Saturdays -- beginning Nov. 3.
"Jordan" is created and executive produced by Alison Taylor. New this season to the series are executive producer Warren Hutcherson and co-executive producers Teri Schaffer and David Hoge & Dan Cross. Chelsea Tavares has joined the cast as aspiring model Autumn.
Nellie Andreeva contributed to this report.