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NBC Orders Supernatural Comedy Pilot 'Strange Calls'

Australian paranormal comedy series Strange Calls is being developed for American audiences for a third time. THR reports that NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of the show produced by Aaron Kaplan and written by Cougar Town's Blake McCormick. The single-cam series follows "an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly." ABC developed the show as a potential series twice in 2012 and 2014, but it ultimately did not move forward at the network. [...]

CBS Orders 'Rush Hour' Pilot and Two Other Comedies

CBS announced three new pilot orders yesterday. According to Variety, the network has ordered a pilot based on the Rush Hour film franchise that Bill Lawrence and Brett Ratner began developing last year as well as two comedy pilots called Super Clyde and Joe Time. This makes the second pilot order for writer/executive producer Greg Garcia's Super Clyde, which landed a pilot order in 2013 starring Stephen Fry, Rubert Grint, and Tyler Labine but did not go to series. Modern Family writer/executive producer Bill Wrubel's Joe Time is described as a multi-cam comedy that "revolves around a family man who is frustrated that everyone around him [...]

NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots 'People Are Talking' and 'Take It From Us'

NBC revealed plans for a big multi-cam comedy push at TCA this year, and they're already following through on that promise with the order of two couple-themed multi-cam pilots. Deadline reports that the network has ordered two pilots called People Are Talking and Take It From Us. Growing Up Fisher creator DJ Nash and The Wedding Ringer producer Will Packer co-created People Are Talking, which revolves around "a white and a black couple and examines sex, race and everything else your parents told you never to talk about." Take It From Us hails from former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Greg Malins and [...]

Amazon's Next Round of Pilots Premiere Next Week

Last year Amazon Studios added a new batch of pilots for series consideration, and today the streaming network announced that they'll be available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video next Thursday, January 15th. The pilot lineup includes projects with Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit, Brett Gelman, Paget Brewster, Simon Rich, and more. Check out the pilot descriptions below:

FX Orders a Pilot Created by and Starring Donald Glover

Community alum Donald Glover might be making a big return to television. Deadline reports that FX has given a pilot order to a comedy created by and starring Glover called Atlanta, which will follow "two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy." In addition to serving as an executive producer on the pilot, Glover will also star as "Earnest 'Earn' Marks," a "college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a [...]

Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith Join Lorne Michaels' New HBO Pilot

Lorne Michaels is producing a new pilot for HBO. THR reports that the pay network is currently developing a comedy pilot called Brothers in Atlanta from former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. The duo will star as "struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta." SNL alum Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith have both signed on for recurring roles — Rudolph will play Moose's boss and former "R&B diva" Shirle, while Smith will play Curtis, Langston's "rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income." Riddle and Salahuddin had [...]

ABC Orders a Pilot Starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo

After a year of development, Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's ABC show finally has a name and pilot order. Deadline reports that ABC has ordered a half-hour single-cam comedy pilot called Chev & Bev, which will star Chase and D'Angelo "as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren." Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) wrote the pilot, and both Chase and D'Angelo will serve as executive producers.

Comedy Central Orders a Pilot Starring Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson

SNL cast member-turned-writer Tim Robinson might make the move to Comedy Central. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot called Detroiters starring Robinson and fellow Second City alum Sam Richardson, which follows the two as "local ad men who make low-budget commercials in Detroit. But, much like the city in which they live, the best friends aspire to achieve greater things." The duo created and wrote the project together and will co-executive produce alongside Jason Sudeikis and Lorne Michaels's Broadway Video. Check out two Second City sketches starring Robinson and Richardson below:

Broken Lizard's 'Quality Time' Lands a Pilot Order at TBS

Back in August it was announced that comedy group Broken Lizard was developing a show for TBS called Quality Time, and today THR reports that the network has now given the show a pilot order. Described as an "untraditional fatherhood comedy," Quality Time will star Broken Lizard's Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, and Erik Stolhanske and follow "four college friends who kept their sophomoric ways in suspended animation throughout their 20s and are now succumbing to reproduction." The four will also co-write and executive produce the pilot.

Luke Wilson and More Join Cameron Crowe's Showtime Pilot 'Roadies'

Back in June it was announced that Cameron Crowe was developing a roadie comedy for Showtime, and today THR reports that the project has set its leading stars. The pilot will follow "the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crew members who get the show on the road" and star Luke Wilson as the sober and "sleep-deprived" tour manager Bill, Imogen Poots as electrical tech Kelly Ann, Keisha Castle-Hughes as the "outspoken and passionate" sound mixer Donna Mancini, Peter Cambor as "offbeat American anglophile guitar tech" Milo, and Rafe Spall as a British financial adviser named Reg Whitehead who "knows less than [...]

NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots from Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres

NBC just handed out two pilot orders. Variety reports that the network has ordered a single-cam workplace comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon called Sharing and an untitled multi-cam series executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. Sharing will be an office-set workplace comedy from writers Damian Lanigan and Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project), while the DeGeneres-produced pilot will star Potter as a woman "juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again." Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and co-executive produce.

TruTV Orders a Workplace Comedy Pilot Starring Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq might star in his own TruTV comedy series. Deadline reports that the network has handed a pilot order to Shaq Inq., a workplace comedy "in the tone of Veep." Shaq Inq. will follow O'Neal and his "offbeat, yet capable" business team who take on "the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. While they’re all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud." The pilot is written by The Wedding Ringer's Jeremy Garelick, directed by Galavant's John Fortenberry, and co-executive produced [...]

ABC Family Orders Two Single-Cam Comedy Pilots

ABC Family just greenlit two new comedy pilots. THR reports that the network has added two single-cam shows called Tough Cookie and Kevin From Work. Cookie comes from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich and follows "a young mother who isn’t ready to parent and her daughter who doesn’t want to be parented," while Kevin From Work hails from How I Met Your Mother and Arrested Development writer/producer Barbie Adler and centers on "a young man unlucky in love who professes his love to a co-worker, thinking he'll never see her again after he accepts a job overseas. When the offer is rescinded, the duo must continue to work together." [...]

Christina Hendricks Joins Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' Showtime Comedy

Cameron Crowe's in-the-works Showtime pilot Roadies just added another cast member. THR reports that Mad Men's Christina Hendricks has signed on to play production manager Shelli, described as "tough but privately emotional, married to her job and scary good at it." Hendricks joins previously announced cast members Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, and Rafe Spall. Roadies makes the second TV comedy project involving Hendricks in recent months following October's news that she had joined the cast of Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome's upcoming Comedy Central series Another Period.