Nickelodeon orders two live-action pilots

Picks up Tommy Lynch surf show, Conaco's 'Telepathic'

Nickelodeon is stepping up its live-action comedy efforts with two pilots.

The cable network has greenlighted an untitled surfing show from producer Tommy Lynch and "Telepathic," from Conan O'Brien's Conaco Prods.

The surf show, written by Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin ("Quintuplets"), is a single-camera buddy comedy about two high school surfers who spend their lives in pursuit of the perfect wave and the perfect taco.

Bugliari, McLaughlin and Lynch are executive producing the pilot for the Tom Lynch Co.

Lynch has a long-standing relationship with Nickelodeon, having produced such series as "Romeo!" and "South of Nowhere" for the network.

"Telepathic," from writer Darin Henry ("The War at Home"), is a multicamera comedy about two underdogs and a popular girl who navigate high school with the added benefit, and hindrance, of telepathic superpowers.

While animated series, including the recently premiered "The Penguins of Madagascar" and the upcoming "Glenn Martin, DDS," were front and center at Nickelodeon's upfront presentation last month, the network also has ramped up development of live-action comedies, including a family sitcom from alum Wilmer Valderrama.