Pilot Intel: NBC has 9 dramas, 9 comedies in the works for fall

Now that it has lots of shelf space to fill at 10 p.m. (so long, Jay Leno!), NBC is looking to uber-producers like JJ Abrams, David E. Kelley and Jerry Bruckheimer to plug some serious holes in primetime this fall. And fans of the old must-see Frasier and Seinfeld format may have reason to rejoice: The network is finally re-investing in more multi-camera comedies like one starring Matthew Broderick. Here are the network’s fall pilot orders, many of which are still being cast (decisions on which projects are ordered to series are typically made in the weeks leading up to NBC’s presentation to advertisers, which occurs this May in New York. And it’s not likely every pilot will get a pickup):


The Event (Nick Wauters) A thriller about a regular Joe caught up in a large conspiracy.

Chase (Jennifer Johnson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman). An action drama that follows U.S. Marshalls as they track down most-wanted criminals.

Undercovers (JJ Abrams, Josh Reims). A couple is pulled out of retirement to rejoin the CIA.

Love Bites (Cindy Chupack). Like Love, American Style in structure, this comedic anthology tracks three loosely connected stories of love, dating and marriage each week.

Rockford Files (David Shore). A reboot of the ’70s private eye drama.

Prime Suspect (Hank Steinberg). A redux of the BBC series of the same name that follows a female detective.

Kindreds (Dave E. Kelley). A drama about an ex-patent lawyer and his group of associates who come together to form an unusual law practice.

Untitled John Eisendrath project. An ex-justice tries to change the law.

The Cape (Tom Wheeler). A former cop who was frame decides to don a superhero uniform to clear his name.


Untitled Adam Carolla Project (Jon Pollack, Kevin Hench, Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel). A single-camera comedy starring Carolla as a contractor who attempts to rebuild his life after a divorce.

Perfect Couples (Scott Silveri, Jon Pollack). A single-camera romantic comedy that focuses on three different couples in various stages of total bliss.

Outsourced (Robert Borden, Ken Kwapis). A single-camera office comedy about a novelties company employee who moves to India to manage a group of customer reps.

Friends with Benefits (Scott Neustadtler, Michael H. Weber). A single-camera comedy about five friends who are on the lookout for perfect mates but willing to temporarily settle on friends with benefits.

The Strip (Tom Lennon, Ben Garant). A multi-camera comedy about a former child star who owns a bar outside of Las Vegas.  

This Little Piggy (Stephen Cragg, Brian Bradley). A multi-camera family comedy about father of two who opens up his home to his irresponsible sister and shallow brother.   

The Pink House (Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz). A multi-camera comedy about college graduates who flee Los Angeles to start a life elsewhere.

Beach Lane (Paul Simms). A multi-camera comedy starring Matthew Broderick as a celebrity author hired by a Richie Rich to run a small town newspaper in the Hamptons.

Nathan vs. Nurture (Moses Port, David Guarascio). A multi-camera comedy about a heart surgeon who reunites with his birth father and brothers, many, many years after his adoption.

More: Lynette Rice’s full coverage of TV pilot season

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  • Jeffrey33

    I’m most excited to see Undercover, love JJ Abrams, otherwise the rest just sound really bad. Nathan Vs Nurture, might have potential depending on how they handle the issue, hopefully it’s not slapstick comedy as that may be wrong for such a subject matter.

    The Event sounds like Alias but with a male lead. Chase sounds like NCIS/Jag

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  • whatevs

    Any of these comedies are going to put a serious dent in my Must See Thursdays lineup.

  • locism

    How about just bring back “LIFE”?

    • RMW

      That would be nice.

      • CP


    • RJ

      The return of “Life” works for me.

      • Owl

        Bring back Life! ;)

        And Pushing Daisies while I’m dreaming!

  • Andrew

    What about Rex is Not Your Lawyer?! Any news on that?! Such a waste of a talented cast (by which I mean 2 of them)

    • nikkay

      I second that. *David Tennant happy dance*

    • Jeni

      I believe this list is just those shows that have been ordered for pilots to be shot (as they mention that some of them still need to be cast).

      Rex wouldn’t be in this category because it was ordered for a pilot a while back, was shot and shown to the NBC execs in January. We’ll just have to wait and see if they liked it enough for it to get picked up for fall.

      • Brooke

        Oh, I hope you’re right because I was really disappointed to see it not included on the list. Crossing my fingers.

    • Kimberly Mlejnke

      I TOTALLY AGREE. Tennant is amazing ….. Missing him so much
      I am hoping Jeni is right

  • robinepowell

    My parents might take a look at Rockford Files, since they watched the original (same goes for Hawaii Five-O on CBS) but nothing on this list realy stands out – yet. I’ll wait until I pick up the EW’s fall preview issue in September and go from there. ;)

  • KA

    Hard to decide if I am interested just by those brief descriptions. A lot of times I go by cast. Occasionally a premise will sell me on trying a show (like Lost did). I have to wait to see who the networks cast. But, seriously, Rockford Files? Come up with something original. Where are all the good writers?

    • Shannon

      I agree…and enough of the cop and lawyers shows already!

  • Jon

    David E. Kelley has been weirdly silent lately. It has been odd not having at least one Kelley show on TV. I’m glad to have him back… but seriously, another lawyer show? Sigh…

  • Nick B

    I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on Undercovers because of JJ Abrams. But as for most of these shows, the premise is so vague it’s hard to make any judgment. The Event sounds like it could be promising, but again, a vague description. Nathan vs Nurture could be good since Jay Harrington is attached to star. However, I’d much rather see ABC renew Better Off Ted for a 3rd season. It’s nice to know he has a job waiting for him if/when ABC makes a huge mistake by canceling Better Off Ted.

  • leo

    this is it? meh.

  • anna

    Undercovers is the only one that sounds decent.

  • M Weyer

    A remake of the Rockford Files? Unless James garner is reprising the role, forget it.

    • robinepowell

      James Garner could do a Cameo, but that’s about it, lol! He’s a little too old to be chasing people in the streets. ;)

    • justhavago1

      Garner’s in his 80’s, can’t see that happening. lol. Joe flanigan would be good. Wonder if they could convince Garner to take the role of Rockfords father?

      • Rose L

        I’d support Joe for the role, he seems very Rockfordy…

      • Kaz

        Joe Flanigan as Rockford yeah I could see that working he even looks a lot like a young James Garner, ruggedly handsome men :)

      • CY

        Oh yes! Joe Flanigan is perfect for Rockford. I’d definitely watch!

  • robinepowell

    Is anyone really going to watch a show called “Little Piggys”? Change the title, if you want to be taken seriously.

    • Laura

      My first thought as well

  • Jason S.

    Who should be Rockford? How about Saywer from Lost?

    • amanda

      I would watch him in anything

    • justhavago1

      Joe Flanigan from Thoughtcrimes and SGA would get me to watch.

    • Linda Gagne

      Joe Flanigan has the charm and style for Rockford….I wouldn’t watch if that sawyer guy was there

  • Laura

    OK, Beach Lane sounds just like Royal Pains with a writer substituted for a doctor. And Broderick actually signed on? Is no one original anymore?

  • Linny

    NBC finally has enough room to stop milking The Biggest Loser (pun?)!

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