A look at recent television pilots

New Pilots in Development

USA / Lennon Parham / Jessica St. Clair Comedy
Network: USA
Studio: Universal Cable Productions
Production Company: American Work, Inc.
Exec Prod: Lennon Parham, Jessica St Clair, Scot Armstrong, Ravi Nandan
Writer: Lennon Parham, Jessica St Clair
Logline: Comedy about a single mother who calls on her career-minded best friend to help her raise her child.
SSN Insight: After their NBC series “Best Friends Forever” was given a quick cancellation last midseason, Upright Citizen’s Brigade alumns and real-life best friends Parham and St. Clair take another crack at the sitcom with this series in which they will write, produce and star.

George Lopez / Matt Williams / Latino Family Comedy Network
Studio: Lionsgate
Production Company: Debmar-Mercury Entertainment
Exec Prod: George Lopez, Matt Williams
Logline: Comedy following a Latino family.
SSN Insight: This series will follow the pattern of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” on TBS and more recently “Anger Management” on FX where 10 episodes are produced for a trial run with the network having the option to order 90 additional episodes.

The Whisky A Go Go
Production Company: Virgin Produced , Energy Entertainment
Exec Prod: Brooklyn Weaver, Jason Felts, Michael C. Forman, Rene Rigal
Logline: Drama chronicles the rags-to-riches story of the Maglieri famlly, owners of LA’s iconic Whiskey A Go Go which has been home-base to some of the greatest rock bands in history, includingThe Doors, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and Red Hot Chili Peppers among others.
SSN Insight: This project was previously in development as a feature film, but is being converted to a television series with the goal of selling it to a cable network. The addition of Virgin and its strong ties in the music industry could help in securing music rights for the show.

The Terror
Network: AMC
Production Company: Scott Free Productions, Management 360
Exec Prod: Ridley Scott, David Kajganich, David Zucker, Scott Lambert, Meghan Lyvers, Alexandra Milchan, Dan Simmons
Writer: David Kajganich
Logline: Drama follows a British ship crew exploring the Arctic In 1847 who discover a vicious monster.
SSN Insight: Based on the novel by Dan Simmons, who serves as an Executive Producer on the series.

Studio: Fox Television Studios
Production Company: Depth of Field
Exec Prod: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano
Writer: Chris Weitz, Neal Stephenson (novel)
Logline: Drama follows a kidnapping that prompts a worldwide manhunt to free the hostage.
SSN Insight: Based on the novel “Reamde” by Neal Stephenson, published by William Morrow on September 20, 2011.

Pilot Pickups

Kirstie’s New Show
Network: TV Land
Exec Prod: Kirstie Alley, Marco Pennette, Jason Weinberg, Larry W. Jones, Keith Cox
Writer: Marco Pennette
Logline: Comedy about a Broadway actress who is reunited with the son she gave up for adoption.
SSN Insight: This project was formerly known as “Giant Baby” and was ordered to series.

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