Pilots accelerate at CBS, Fox

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CBS has picked up two pilots, including a drama from the creator of NBC's Las Vegas.

Protect and Serve revolves around cops living in the Los Angeles suburbs who deal with the stress of police life on and off the job. Las Vegas creator Gary Scott Thompson is executive-producing.

CBS's other pilot order was for The Captain, a comedy about a young writer whose life changes when he moves into a legendary Hollywood apartment building. John Hamburg, who wrote the two Meet the Parents movies, penned the script and is on board to direct and executive-produce.

Meanwhile, Fox has given the green light to Them, a sci-fi drama pilot based on the graphic novel, and NBC has handed out cast-contingent orders to two comedies.

Them centers on an agent who, with extraterrestrials infiltrating the human race, is dispatched on a mission to retrieve a rogue operative from his "sleeper cell."

The NBC projects are an untitled workplace comedy about the eccentric staff at a popular wildlife park, and Business Class, which chronicles the absurd adventures of two traveling soda salesmen.

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