Three pilots using 'Sex' guide


ABC and NBC have picked up three one-hour pilots that all bear some of the DNA of HBO's "Sex and the City."

ABC has ordered "Cashmere Mafia," from "Sex" creator-executive producer Darren Star and "Working Girl" writer Kevin Wade, which is described as "the next generation of 'Sex and the City.' "

ABC has also picked up "Women's Murder Club," to be directed by Brett Ratner, which revolves around a quartet of crime-solving women and has a logline of " 'CSI' meets 'Sex and the City'."

And NBC has given the green light to "Lipstick Jungle," a dramedy based on "Sex" author Candace Bushnell's follow-up to her smashing bestseller.

Additionally, NBC has ordered a female-centered one-hour pilot from "House" creator-executive producer David Shore and "House" writer Peter Blake.

"Cashmere Mafia," from Darren Star Prods. and Sony Pictures TV, follows four successful female executives, friends since college, who rely on each other as they juggle the demands of career, family, hard choices and high ambitions in New York City.

Wade, whose credits also include "Maid in Manhattan" and "Meet Joe Black," penned the script and is executive producing with Star and Gail Katz. Darren Star Prods.' Suzie Fitzgerald is expected to co-exec produce.

"Murder Club," from 20th Century Fox TV, is based on James Patterson's series of mystery books ("1st to Die," "2nd Chance," "3rd Degree," "4th of July" and "The 5th Horseman") about four girlfriends -- a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an up-and-coming newspaper reporter and a young assistant district attorney -- who solve tough murder cases.

Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (the WB's "Angel") wrote the script and are exec producing with Ratner, who has a deal with 20th TV, Patterson and Joe Simpson.

In 2003, NBC adapted "1st to Die" as a three-hour movie, which did well in the ratings. Later that year, the network inked a seven-figure deal to make three other mystery novels by Patterson, including "2nd Chance" and "3rd Degree," into movies, but the movies were never made.

"Lipstick," from NBC Universal Network TV, revolves around three powerful New York businesswomen who will do anything to get ahead.

Eileen Heisler and Deann Heline penned the script and are exec producing with Bushnell.

This is NBC and NBC Uni TV's third stab at developing a TV series based on "Lipstick."

First, the network ordered a pilot written by Robin Schiff and Bushnell last development season. Gina Gershon was cast as one of the three leads in February, but it is not clear if she will stay on in the new pilot.

Heisler and Heline, creators-exec producers of NBC's comedies "Three Sisters" and "Committed," were brought in in October following a second "Lipstick" script by Jill Gordon (HR 10/26).

The untitled Shore/Blake project, also from NBC Uni TV, is a drama with comedic elements about an ensemble of police officers with a female cop at the center.

Shore, Emmy winner for writing the "Three Stories" episode of "House," and Blake, who also worked on ABC's "The Practice," are the writers-exec producers.