Trio of nets reveal projects

The never-ending cycle of making television shows trudges on, and doing its part in the last few days were a trio of networks. NBC, AMC, and CBS each gave the OK to a new project, and it includes the expected cop drama, political thriller, and a--hold the phone!--a show about a man who remodels houses.

NBC is moving forward with Lost & Found, says The Hollywood Reporter. The script for the police drama was written several years ago and passed over, but has found a new chance at life as the network has ordered a cast-contingent pilot.

Lost & Found follows a female detective in Los Angeles who is banished to unglamorous police work after having a beef with the department's brass. Her new cases cover John and Jane Does, and she's forced to work out of the station's basement.

"There are exposed pipes, it's grimy and dingy and can't be further from the glossy CSI shows," writer Chris Levinson says of his script.

AMC continues to build its impressive slate with a pilot order for an unnamed political thriller. The drama will focus on a secret organization that controls the world's politics. Production is set for October, says The Hollywood Reporter.

CBS is continuing to move away from its usual stable of procedural dramas, ordering a put pilot (which almost guarantees a pick up) for a show based on the novel Confessions of a Contractor from author Richard Murphy.

The drama would be about a man who is contracted to remodel houses, and his experiences with his wealthy clients, according to Variety. TV execs initially balked at the idea, but once the book was penned, saw it in a different light.

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Working on it tomorrow. Tell you what I think then!!
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I don't like many cop shows, but everybody else seems to.
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igotbubkis has it exactly right. How can you all decide what is boring without seeing a single frame? I just started reading the novel, Confessions of a Contractor, and it is so much more interesting than some people are trying to make out. If the show is half as interesting as the novel, I'll be watching every week. It does not matter what a show is about, only the execution matters. I am a professional editor who has worked in TV since 1996, and I have seen good ideas completely ruined by bad writing and network interference, but I've also seen mundane ideas turned into extremely interesting shows, as igotbupkis points out. Everybody's gotta stop trying to be too cool for the room. Grow up.
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. . . . . . . ================================= Y'know, people wonder why there is no invention in TV shows, why everything tends to be cookie-cutter crap based on old, tired show formats. I have no idea if any of these shows are going to be interesting, but when people whine like this: Why can't they do some good action/drama/comedy shows like they did in the past? It's no wonder the TV execs won't give inventive new shows a chance!! They're right -- because YOU PEOPLE won't. A show about a contractor? Maybe it does sound boring. Here's a few other shows that might sound boring: ------------------------------------------------- a dramatic show about forensics experts a dramatic show about suburban housewives a comedy show about the people who work at a radio station a dramatic show about people with supernatural powers a comedy show about people in a bar a comedy show about people working in a war zone at a field hospital a dramatic show about early 1960s advertising executives a comedy show about pretty much nothing a dramatic show following a single police case from the crime to the conviction Do I need to tell you which show or shows, all critical hits, almost all long-running, each of those were about? If you're going to be close-minded about experiments with new ideas, you are guaranteed to get nothing but the same old boring crap re-hashed with a different cast, a "departmental" change, and a change of location -- LA instead of NYC, Atlanta instead of Miami. Special Crimes instead of Homicide. Etc. Etc. Etc., ad nauseum. THAT is what would be boring. Wait until you see the shows, THEN decide how good the concepts are. ================================= .
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I have 10 ideas right now on the tip of my tongue better then any of these soon to be canceled flops. A show about a contractor, why? Why? If I wanted to see a scripted show about a contractor I'd turn to HGTV. I could have sworn at one point that Lost & Found was called Cold Case, and the last show might work but chances are they'll cast it all wrong. Not to sound hateful but sh**, people get payed millions to come up with this?
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Boring. Confessions on a contractor?? You've got to be kidding!!!
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All of these shows sound so boring. Why can't they do some good action/drama/comedy shows like they did in the past? Watching today's tv shows is about as exciting as watching paint dry.
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AMC's show sounds alright...but only if it makes relavant social and political commentary.
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Wait. People watch CBS?
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boring
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Crappy shows! Why can't the networks do some more action shows?!
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The AMC idea sounds good.
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They all sound terrible! :P Just kidding, they don't seem that appealing to me though.
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I myself am facinated by home remodeling as I going through it right now. I loved the first few episodes of Extreme Home whatever but then they sold out to Sears and became one big ad for Sears and Disney Land. The show Grifters in the UK was about something like that but spicier and was really good!
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Lost & Found sounds watchable. Not so sure about Confessions of a Contractor...just doesn't sound good.
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I'll watch the pilot of Lost and Found. Good luck with Confessions of a Contractor CBS, it sounds like a snooze-fest.
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