NEW Boy's Life, a single-camera comedy revolving around the lives of an eighth-grader and his single mom, told from the perspective of the kid. Rob Ulin (Malcolm in the Middle) is executive-producing. Casting: Stiner/Block Casting, 12003 Guerin St., Studio City, CA 91604.
NEW Company Town, an hour drama for CBS about the lives of covert government agents who live in the same Washington neighborhood. Elwood Reid (Blind Justice) is the writer and is executive-producing with Larry Sanitsky (Riding the Bus With My Sister). Casting: Gilmore/ McConnell Casting, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 430, L.A., CA 90069.
Friday Night Lights, a small screen version of the 2004 feature about a small-town high school football team and an underdog coach. Peter Berg, the feature's director and co-writer, is writing the pilot and among its executive producers. Casting: Linda Lowy/John Brace, 4151 Prospect Ave., Cottages, Rm. 105, L.A, CA 90027.
Gay Robot, a half-hour comedy for Comedy Central that is a live-action adaptation of a character featured on Adam Sandler's comedy album Shhh... Don't Tell. Nick Swardson reprises his role as the voice of Gay Robot, a robot created by a university professor that-after an accident involving a wine cooler and circuit boards-discovers he is gay. Casting: Jeanne McCarthy/Natasha Cuba, 12340 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 233, L.A., CA 90025.
Happy Hour, a half-hour comedy for Fox about a pair of odd-couple roommates. Jeff Filgo and Jackie Filgo are the writers, and are producing with WBTV-based Tom Werner, Eric Gold, and Jimmy Miller. Casting: Julie Ashton Casting, 6715 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 203, L.A., CA 90028.
NEW Heroes, a two-hour pilot for NBC described as a large ensemble drama about a group of people who discover that they have superpowers. Tim Kring (Crossing Jordan) is writing and executive-producing. Casting: LaPadura & Hart Casting, 100 Universal City Plaza, MT-6149, Universal City, CA 91608.
Hollis and Rae, an hour drama from producer Steven Bochco and Touchstone TV that revolves around two female best friends-a cop and a prosecuting attorney-who take on cases in the South. Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise) is writing and directing. Casting: Junie Lowry Johnson, Universal Studios, 100 Universal City Plaza, Lakeside Bldg., Bldg. 9128, Ste. B., Rm. 183, Universal City, CA 91608.
Him and Us, a half-hour single-camera comedy about the relationship between an aging rock star and his colorful entourage. Elton John is executive-producing with Michael Edelstein (Desperate Housewives), Bruce Roberts, Bob Halley, and Cindy Chupack (Sex and The City), who is also writing the script. Casting: Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 301, Valley Village, CA 91607.
NEW Low Life, a one-hour drama for FX that stars Eddie Izzard as the father of a family of traveling con artists who settle down in a suburban community. Playwright Dmitry Lipkin is the writer. Casting: CFB Casting, 846 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Bldg. A, Ste. 105, L.A., CA 90038.
NEW My Boys, a half-hour, single-camera romantic comedy for TBS, about a woman in her late 20s, a sportswriter for a Chicago paper, whose life revolves around the men in her life: her brother, ex-boyfriend, her best friend, and a rival sportswriter. Gavin Polone, Jamie Tarses, and Betsy Thomas are the executive-producers. Casting: Tracy Lilienfield, CBS Radford, 4024 Radford Avenue, Sound Shop, 2nd Fl., Studio City, CA 91604.
Paging Dr. Freed, a half-hour comedy for Fox about two gynecologist brothers and their relationship with their mother. Michael Feldman (That's So Raven) is writing and executive-producing with Brad Johnson. Casting: Lisa Miller Katz Casting, CBS Radford, 4024 Radford Ave., Scoring Stage, Rm. 205, Studio City, CA 91604.
Play Nice, a half-hour comedy pilot for CBS about a conservative woman and her wilder brother who are forced to team up to run their father's celebrated toy company. Casting: Lisa Miller Katz Casting, CBS Radford, 4024 Radford Ave., Scoring Stage, Rm. 205, Studio City, CA 91604.
NEW Seeing Red, a pilot for NBC that centers on an eccentric brilliant cop who talks to dead victims who help him solve his cases. Graham Yost is the writer and executive-producer. Casting: Liberman/Patton Casting, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 707, L.A., CA 90028.
Sex, Power, Love & Politics, a half-hour comedy for CBS set in Washington, D.C., that revolves around staffers in their mid-30s who work on Capital Hill. Greg Malins (Friends, Will & Grace) is executive-producing. Casting: Jill Anthony & Associates, 4024 Radford Ave., Trailer 800, Studio City, CA 91604.
Special Unit, a comedy for Comedy Central about a rebel cop (Christopher Titus) who ends up in charge of a squad of physically and mentally challenged officers. Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky are the executive producers. Casting: Rick Montgomery, ITA Prods. 10820 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.
Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip, a one-hour pilot for NBC from Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme (West Wing) about the behind-the-scenes turmoil of a fictional sketch-comedy show in the mold of Saturday Night Live, and the corporate culture of a TV network. Casting: Francine Maisler Casting, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Jimmy Stewart Bldg., Room 207, Culver City, CA 90232.
Underfunded, a one-hour dramedy pilot for the USA Network about a Canadian Secret Service agent. David Breckman (Monk) and Ross Abrash (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) are the writers and co-executive-producers. Casting: Slater/Brooksbank Casting, Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Clinton Bldg., 1st Fl., L.A., CA 90038.
***NEW Untitled Danny Comden Pilot, a half-hour comedy pilot for ABC about an egotistical real estate agent (Comden) who changes his life drastically after realizing that he hates the man he has become. Comden (Sol Goode) is also writing the pilot. Casting: Jeanie Bacharach Casting, 411 N. Hollywood Way, Bldg. 253-R, Burbank, CA 91501
Untitled Millar/Gough Pilot, a one-hour pilot for the WB that is a live-action interpretation of the DC Comics character Aquaman. Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (Smallville) are writing and executive-producing. Though an episode of Smallville previously aired featured an Aquaman character, producers say that it was not meant as a template for the new show, which will feature new actors and is tentatively set to shoot in Florida. Casting: Deedee Bradley/Joanne Koehler, 6767 Forest Lawn Drive, Ste. 100, L.A., CA 90068.
NEW Ugly Betty, a one-hour series for ABC based on the hit Colombian telenovela Betty La Fea, about an unattractive but efficient secretary at a fashion magazine. Silvio Horta is the writer, and is executive-producing with Ben Silverman, Salma Hayek, and Jose Tamez. Casting: Junie Lowry Johnson/Libby Goldstein, Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Von Sternberg Bldg., #104, L.A., CA 90038.
NEW Vanished, a one-hour drama for Fox about the search for a missing senator's wife, seen from the perspective of the media, the family, and law enforcement, who discover a much larger conspiracy. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is directing, and is executive-producing with writer Josh Berman (Killer Instinct). Casting: Liberman/Patton Casting, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 707, L.A., CA 90028.
The Worst Week of My Life, a half-hour comedy for Fox based on the 2004 BBC limited series about a young couple's disastrous week leading up to their wedding. Unlike the original, the Fox project would go beyond the wedding to the new house, new baby, etc. Ed Decter and John Strauss (There's Something About Mary) are writing and executive-producing. Casting: Leslie Litt, 1201 West 5th St., Ste. M220, L.A., CA 90017