NEW The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend, a comedy for Fox based on a short film by and starring Hayes MacArthur and Jason Winer, about a tall, handsome man and his short, average-looking best friend. MacArthur and Winer will co-executive produce and star in the pilot. Casting: Lisa Miller Katz Casting, Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Bungalow 10, Rm. 108, L.A., CA 90038.
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 Brothers & Sisters, a family soap opera for ABC revolving around adult siblings. Playwright Jon Robin Baitz (Alias) is the writer and is executive-producing with director Ken Olin. Casting: Bacharach/O'Neill Casting, 800 S. Main St., 2nd Fl., Burbank, CA 91520.
The Class, a half-hour comedy for CBS that starts with a 27-year-old throwing a party that reunites six people from their third-grade class. The party becomes a springboard for following the lives of the reunited characters. Jason Ritter (Joan of Arcadia) stars with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lucy Punch. David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik are writing and executive-producing. Casting: Bruce H. Newberg Casting, 606 N. Larchmont, Ste. 311, L.A., CA 90004.
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.
NEW Day Break, an action-thriller for ABC about a fugitive cop on the run trying to find out who framed him for murder. Paul Zbyszewski is the writer. Casting: Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 301, Valley Village, CA 91607.
Cult, a one-hour drama for the WB about a mysterious TV show called Cult, that which is manipulating the lives of its viewers. Rockne S. O'Bannon is the writer–executive producer, and Matthew Bomer (Tru Calling) stars. Casting: Gary Zuckerbrod/Stacey Rosen, 6767 Forest Lawn Dr., Ste. 206, L.A., CA 90068.
Drift, a one-hour drama for ABC centering on a New York detective whose insomnia affects his job. John Glenn is the writer and is executive-producing with Paul W.S. Anderson, Chris Brancato, and Bert Salke. Casting: Susan Edelman Casting, 13273 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 210, Studio City, CA 91604.
NEW Faceless, a one-hour drama for Fox written by Dario Scardapane (USA's The Darkling) about a federal prosecutor who goes undercover as a criminal in an effort to destroy an underworld organization. Casting: Aquila/Wood Casting, 1680 Vine St., Ste. 806, Hollywood, CA 90028.
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 Help Me Help You, a single-camera ensemble comedy for ABC about a diverse group of people connected through therapy. Jenni Konner and Ali Rushfield (What I Like About You) are the writers–executive producers. Casting: Greenstein/Daniel Casting, 400 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 187, Rm. 213, Burbank, CA 91522.
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 A House Divided, a drama for ABC that explores the conflict between a Midwest farming community and the U.S. government—a conflict that sets in motion the next civil war in present-day America. Andrew David Chapman wrote the script, and is executive-producing with Mark Gordon. Casting: April Webster Casting, 8660 Hayden Pl., Culver City, CA 90232.
NEW If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now, a single-camera comedy for Fox revolving around the lives of a diverse group of people living in a temporary housing complex in L.A. Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen are the writers–executive producers. Casting: Amy Lippens Casting, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Bldg. 1, Rm. 136, L.A., CA 90035.
NEW In Case of Emergency, a comedy for ABC about four friends from high school who unexpectedly reunite just at the point where each has hit a crossroad in their lives. Howard J. Morris is the writer and is executive-producing with Emile Levisetti. Jon Favreau is directing. Casting: Dava Waite Peaslee Casting, 234 South Buena Vista, Ste. 100, Burbank, CA 91505.
Jericho, a one-hour drama for CBS about the chaos that ensues in a small town after it becomes isolated from the rest of the world by a nuclear disaster. Jon Turteltaub is executive-producing with writer Stephen Chbosky (Rent). Casting: Sharon Bialy/Sherry Thomas, Hollywood Production Center, 1149 N. Gower, Ste. 103D, L.A., CA 90038.
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.
Men in Trees, a one-hour drama for ABC centering on a female psychiatrist who moves to Alaska after discovering that her husband has been cheating on her, only to find herself surrounded by available men. Writer Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) is executive-producing with Cathy Konrad and James Mangold. Casting: Lisa Beach/Sarah Katzman, 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #311, L.A., CA 90004.
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.
October Road, a one-hour drama for ABC that centers on a screenwriter who returns to his hometown to teach at the local college and reunites with old friends and family. Andre Nemec (Alias), Scott Rosenberg (Gone in Sixty Seconds), and Josh Appelbaum wrote the script and are executive-producing with Gary Fleder. Casting: Donna Rosenstein Casting, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Old Animation Bldg., Rm. 3A-11, Burbank, CA 91521.
Our Thirties, a half-hour comedy for ABC about a group of 30-something friends in San Francisco. Dave Walpert is the writer and is executive-producing with Warren Littlefield. Casting: Dava Waite Peaslee Casting, Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Cooper Bldg., Rm. 105, L.A., CA 90038.
Orpheus, a drama for CBS that revolves around a young man whose girlfriend is part of a sophisticated cult. The writer is Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writer-director Nicholas Meyer, who is executive-producing with Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, and David Zucker. Casting: Slater/Brooksbank Casting, Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Clinton Bldg., 1st Fl., L.A., CA 90038.
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 Primary, a drama for Fox about a pair of hostage negotiators, a man and a woman, who deal with their budding relationship while also dealing with their job. Craig Silverstein is the writer–executive producer. Casting: Roger Mussenden Casting, 10536 Culver Blvd., Ste. C, Culver City, CA 90232.
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.
Secrets of a Small Town, a one-hour drama for ABC revolving around a murder mystery set in a small town. Writer Chuck Pratt (Melrose Place, Desperate Housewives) is executive-producing with Chris Brancato and Bert Salke. Casting: Wendy O'Brien, 100 N. Crescent Dr., #323, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
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.
Six Degrees, an ensemble soap for ABC about the lives of a group of strangers in New York from different walks of life. Writers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are executive-producing with J.J. Abrams, Thom Sherman, and Bryan Burk. Casting: April Webster Casting; 800 S. Main St., Burbank, CA 91506.
NEW Sixty Minute Man, a drama for ABC centering on a suburban family man who has no memory of one hour of each day, and becomes enmeshed in a conspiracy that could alter the course of U.S. history. David James Elliott (JAG) is set to star, and Graham Yost and Chris Brancato are the writers–executive producers. Casting: Slater/Brooksbank Casting, Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Clinton Bldg., 1st Fl., L.A., CA 90038.
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.
NEW Traveler, a one-hour thriller for ABC that revolves around two young men on the run that are wrongly considered threats to national security. David DiGilio (Eight Below) wrote the script and is executive-producing with Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. Casting: Valko/Miller Casting, 3500 W. Olive Ave., Ste. 780, Burbank, CA 91505
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 Bonnie Hunt Pilot, a comedy for ABC about a newly divorced mom who works as a detective. Hunt will be starring in the pilot, which she wrote with Don Lake. Casting: Deborah Barylski Casting, 3000 Olympic Blvd., Bldg. 5, Ste. 1278, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
Untitled Carol Mendelsohn Project, a drama for CBS about a group of brilliant legal associates who confront legal and moral challenges under the tutelage of a hardnosed managing partner. Writer–executive producer Carol Mendelsohn serves as executive producer of all three CSI series. Casting: Mark Saks, 450 S.Bixel, Ste. M-160, L.A., CA 90017.
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.
Untitled Paul Reiser Project, a half-hour pilot for CBS about an ambitious young man who takes over the family car dealership in Queens, N.Y. Paul Reiser is the writer and executive producer. Casting: Jeff Greenberg Casting, Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Swanson Bldg., Ste. 101, L.A., CA 90038.
NEW Untitled Kevin Williamson Pilot, an ensemble soap for the CW centering on a troubled teen who moves with his family to a development in a desert town. Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek) is writing and executive-producing. Casting: Greg Orson/Leslie Gelles Casting, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 970, L.A., CA 90028
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.
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