Pickups pick up at CBS and ABC


Five more pilots hit the runway Thursday.

CBS made its first drama pickups with orders to three projects, all from CBS Paramount Network TV, while ABC greenlighted two comedies, including the Lauren Graham vehicle "Let It Go."

CBS' U.S. Attorney project, from "The Unit" co-executive producer Frank Military, is an ensemble legal show about a team of federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

The Eye's "Back," from writer/ supervising producer Dean Widenmann ("CSI: Miami") and exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, centers on a man who returns home to discover that he had been reported missing eight years earlier, after Sept. 11.

CBS' "Washington Field," from "Criminal Minds" exec producer/ showrunner Ed Bernero, is set in the elite Washington field office of the FBI that protects national interests and follows a team of agents called together for only the most critical cases.

Bernero penned the project with brothers Jim Clemente, a writer and FBI profiler, and Tim Clemente, a former terrorism expert with the National Capital Response Squad. Bernero is exec producing, with the Clementes serving as producers.

ABC's single-camera "Let It Go," from Sony TV and Tantamount, stars Graham as a self-help guru who teaches women how to "let it go" but fails to follow her own advice when her perfect boyfriend dumps her.

Alex Herschlag ("Will & Grace") penned the script and is exec producing with Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Mitch Hurwitz. Graham is producing.

The second ABC pilot is an untitled multicamera comedy from writer/exec producer Tad Quill ("Scrubs") and ABC Studios that revolves around two fortysomething friends who embark on different lives, one with a new baby and one with a newly empty nest. (partialdiff)