Pilots are coming in for a landing


It's down to the wire for the pilots vying for a slot on the broadcast networks' schedule for next season.

At ABC, in addition to the already picked-up drama "Flash Forward" and comedy "Modern Family," dramas "The Forgotten," "Happy Town" and "Eastwick" are going strong, with "Empire State" and "Inside the Box" in contention. "V" remains a possibility for midseason.

On the comedy side, "Cougar Town" and the Cedric the Entertainer starrer "The Law," which is staffing unofficially, look solid, with "The Middle" and "Romantically Challenged" in the mix.

At Fox, the comedy "Brothers" is hot, with support for drama "Past Life" said to be split among the network's top echelon.

At the CW, "Melrose Place" and "Vampire Diaries" are considered locks, with modeling drama "Beautiful Life," "Life Unexpected" (formerly "Light Years") and bubble freshman "Privileged" battling for the third slot. The "Gossip Girl" spinoff is in consideration for midseason.

At CBS, always the hardest to read because of its imposed cone of silence, the comedies "Accidentally on Purpose" and "Waiting to Die" supposedly are still going strong, with "Happiness Isn't Everything" now looking at a possible midseason berth. The "NCIS" spinoff is as sure as they come, with "The Good Wife" looking good and "Three Rivers" in the running with star Alex O'Loughlin.