News Briefs: J.J. Abrams Sells a Pilot to The CW

MORE PILOTS NEWS

... J.J. Abrams is executive producing a pilot for The CW. So what crazy sci-fi mystery will unfurl before our eyes in Shelter? It follows the staff at a New England summer resort as they tend to the needs of the guests! Wait, that's it? Is the resort a portal to Hell? Are we looking at the guests from another dimension? Is the hotel a giant sentient robot that's stealing everyone's dreams? No, no, and no. In fact, Shelter was actually written by One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn, so it looks like it will be exactly what it sounds like. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has picked up the latest project starring Judy Greer, who in another universe is my wife and the deservingly successful star she should be (gotta take the bad with the good, Judy!). Greer, who has been known as a bit of a Black Widow when it comes to TV shows from her time on Arrested Development, Miss/Guided, and Mad Love, among others, will star in the single-camera comedy American Judy. The show is loosely based on Greer's life and is about a woman who moves out to the suburbs for marriage. I'm crossing my fingers for you, Judy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC will shoot a pilot for Bad Girls, an NBC drama executive produced by John Wells (ER). Based on a U.K. show of the same name, Bad Girls explores the fertile world of women's prisons, where soap-dropping isn't really an issue at all. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is moving forward with a pilot for Scruples, based on the 1978 book by Judith Krantz. A woman who loses a lot of weight, marries a wealthy man, and opens a clothing boutique in Beverly Hills is the subject. It will be produced by Natalie Portman. Hey Natalie, don't you have enough stuff going on in your life!? [EW]

... But ABC still isn't done! The network is also moving forward with four more hour-long dramas. Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has Devious Maids, about a quartet of Beverly Hills cleaning ladies who aspire to make it big, in the pipeline. Zero Hour follows the editor of a skeptic's magazine who stumbles onto a huge conspiracy (oh, one of those shows again). Gotham, from Heroes executive producer Michael Green, is about a magical world that exists within New York City. And Penoza revolves around a woman whose organized-crime-boss husband is killed, forcing her to take over his role. [THR]


THE SAD STATE OF TV NEWS

... Last night, the highest-rated and most-watched episode during primetime was a repeat of Two and a Half Men. [TV By the Numbers]


[INSERT PROFESSION] WIVES NEWS

... TLC has ordered Preacher Wives, which is about the wives of preachers. It's set in Atlanta, so I'm sure it will be very mellow. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Saturday Night Live's Paul Brittain has decided to leave the sketch show to pursue other projects. He's the guy who played "Sex" Ed Vincent and Lord Wyndemere and did impersonations of James Franco and Ron Paul. [EW]

... Vivica A. Fox will guest-star on Raising Hope as the head of the church's community service group. When her position goes up for election, Burt runs against her. As you can guess, it won't go well. [EW]

... John Stamos is in talks to join Fox's comedy pilot Little Brother, a new pilot from Men of a Certain Age creator Mike Royce. Stamos would play a man who finds out that he has a half-brother who is an ex-con. [Deadline Hollywood]


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RIP Lord Wyndemere, you were my favourite sketch.



I'm interested to hear more about that Gotham show.
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No more Little Lord Wyndemere? Thank god.
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I look forward to Devious Maids, Zero Hour and Gotham and Penoza! I hope they are good!
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Bad Girls is a show that belongs on cable, I'm thinking FX or Showtime would be best for it. How are you suppose to create a show about a womans prison but not feature swearing, violence or sex? Smarten up NBC.
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I haven't seen any of J.J. Abrams work other besides the first two seasons of Lost (until it bored me), but with Mark Schwahn as a writer I can't wait for Shelter!! That man is a genius!!!
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JJ Abrams started out making TV with Felicity, so the idea that he's some mad sci-fi twist-genius is ludicrous, his first show was killed by a bad haircut.



Judy Greer hasn't killed Archer, of which she's one of the main voice actors.
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That J.J. Abrams blurb sounded very familiar, Tim. Did you cut and paste it from an earlier posting a couple months ago? And wasn't Scruples already a TV series with Lindsay Wagner or the actress who played Laura on General Hospital?
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Genie Francis... I don't know anything about what you're refering to but that's who played laura.
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Latest news : JJ Abrams sells 15 shows, 9 movies, his soul and some fries ...

Maybe he's like A.W.E.S.O.M.O.

Maybe baby
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all of this sounds pretty drab...nothing too promising
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JJ Abrams probably thought that having his name on so many sci-fi projects puts too much pressure on them to succeed, so he decided to try, uh, some sort of normal drama?



I love Judy Greer, but that show sounds like it's going to be canceled. Yes, I can HEAR future cancellation.



Gotham sounds pretty cool -- probably wont be executed well, though. Hooray for pessimism.
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Actually his first tv series was a drama that didn't have sci-fi or much mythology until the last five episodes. --Felicity is just as good as many other of Bad Robot's works, because when it comes down to it, "Felicity" is what is under every work, A drama about people who have life changing experiences, sci-fi, or not.
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Yes! Looking forward to seeing Judy Greer back on the small screen. It's been way too long.
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guess ABC is gearing toward women viewership
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Bad Girls sounds like it's be a good HBO show, and a flop for NBC.



Sad to see Brittain leave SNL.
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I love Judy Greer also. ANOTHER show she was on that I was liking a lot (before it too was cancelled) was Love Monkey, that starred Tom Cavanagh (who starred in one of my favorite shows of all time, Ed).
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big deal another "JJ ABRAMS SELLS A SHOW" headline - the guy has so many shows and movies going he couldn't possibly keep track of them all and let's not forget what happened last time he got so busy **COUGH**UNDERCOVERS**COUGH**



The man may have been brilliant once but at this rate he'll be dead or in an insane asylum before he's 40
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He didnt write it. He's just trying to produce it. Him producing mean he's a financial contributor who puts his stamp of approval on it ,that way if the show is successful (and even if its not, and lets be honest, it probably wont) he'll receive payment from it. It's a simple business venture, filmmaking entrepreneurs do it all the time.
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J.J. Abrams is splitting his soul as much as Voldemort did, how did that turn out?
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Love me some Judy Greer. rrrRowr. And I bet Paul Brittain is leaving because he contributes so little so fast on SNL. Sorry guy, the other new kid who's name I forgot is better than you.

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Judy Greer. mmmm mmmm. Thank goodness she is coming back to TV. Hopefully for a while this time. I actually thought that Mad Love was a decent show and if How I Met Your Mother wasn't still going at the time it would have taken off. But since the shows were eerily similar why take another. Despite the fact that it had her and Sarah Chalke, whom is great as well, when you have Alison and Cobie.



JJ, I think you need to stick with Sci Fi. Not alcatraz mind you but actual Sci Fi.



NBC, just when I think you can't go lower there ya go. Come up with original ideas. The UK isn't your own personal idea factory. The problem with the show is that they are going to do like the playboy club or pan am and go after slightly bigger names which means $$ and then the writing staff is going to suck and the rest just basically writes itself. You guys should do a show about network executives that barely have a high enough IQ to drive to and from work without forgetting where they work/ live, and how they go about picking shows that will inevitably suck and how they don't realize it and keep them going for too long. Then show how everyone hates them and laughs at them behind their back and ridicule their stupidity. Now that would be a show.



ABC, that sounds like some lame NBC pilot. We expect more than that from you. Come on, you're better than that.



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With the barrage of pilots being hurled at us in all directions, only a few seem to actually make the cut. Seriously guys, which was the last pilot that actually looked like a winner?? I can only think of one that just made it - Touch.

None of the proposed pilots above seem remotely interesting.
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it would be amazing if Judy Greer did a show that wasn't canceled for once.. love her
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Hey, let's not forget Archer when talking about Judy Greer. I love all the characters on that show.
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Shelter?...geez, didn't anybody remember how the show Hotel came and went? At this rate, a Manimal remake can't be far in the future.
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At first I wasn't keen with the title either, but then I remembered the Rolling Stones song...and that shelter is a great way to express people who need help, people who need to find refuge in someone or something. It implies people are searching for their place in life.
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The news used to depress me because it focused on the death of innocents. So I stopped watching it. Now I read TV news, which focuses on the death of American culture.
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