O'Neill in 'Family' way for ABC
Actor joins half-hour single-camera pilot; CBS greenlights five-packEd O'Neill is returning to comedy series. The "Married With Children" alum has been tapped to star in ABC's half-hour pilot "An American Family," which also has cast Eric Stonestreet.
On the pickup front, CBS has greenlighted five pilots: the dramas "Miami Trauma," "Three Rivers" and "The Good Wife" and the comedies "Accidentally on Purpose" and "Waiting to Die."
Meanwhile, NBC has ordered the comedy pilot "State of Romance." The single-camera project, from UMS and writers/exec producers Barbara Wallace and Tom Wolfe, is described as a modern "Pride and Prejudice" set in Chicago.
The single-camera "Family," from 20th TV, revolves around three families: one traditional; another that includes a 60-year-old man (O'Neill) who becomes a stepfather after marrying a Latina (Sofia Vergara) 30 years his junior; and a gay couple (Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) with an adopted Vietnamese baby.
After his starring turn on Fox's "Married," O'Neill did a string of dramas, most recently HBO's "John From Cincinnati." He is repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment.
Thruline-repped Stonestreet most recently co-starred on ABC's comedy pilot "This Might Hurt" by Jason Winer, who is directing "Family."
"Trauma" and "Rivers" are part of CBS' effort to find a medical drama this development season.
"Trauma," from WBTV and Bruckheimer TV, revolves around a team of trauma surgeons who race against the clock to save critically injured patients.
Jeffrey Lieber ("Family Practice") wrote the script and is exec producing with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed will serve as a co-exec producer.
Bruckheimer is CBS' top supplier with seven series: the reality competition "The Amazing Race," the crime procedurals "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and its two spinoffs, "Cold Case," "Without a Trace" and the freshman "Eleventh Hour."
The pilot marks the second Bruckheimer/CBS project set in Miami, along with "CSI: Miami."
"Rivers," from CBS Par, centers on organ transplants, with each story told from the point of view of the doctor, the recipient and the donor.
Carol Barbee ("Jericho") penned the pilot and is exec producing with Curtis Hanson and Carol Fenelon.
"Wife," which received a cast-contingent order, comes from CBS Par and Scott Free. It's a female-driven law show about a politician's wife who pursues her original career as a defense attorney.
Robert King and Michelle King ("In Justice") are the writers-exec producers.
"Accidentally," which also was given a cast-contingent order, hails from CBS Par and BermanBraun. It is based on the autobiographical novel by Mary F. Pols about a San Francisco movie critic who finds herself accidentally pregnant after a fling with a much younger man, and the unconventional family that ultimately results.
Claudia Lonow penned the script and is exec producing with Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun.
"Die," from Sony TV and studio-based Tantamount, is a buddy comedy about two simple guys who are happy with their lives — no matter how bad they might look from the outside.
The project was written by "Mad TV" alum Will Sasso and Chad Kultgen. (partialdiff)