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Driving Around With Joni (Comedy, HBO). A wealthy, oddball 40-something widow takes to driving around the streets of L.A. with her French bulldog in search of life's meaning after the sudden death of her husband. Written and conceived by Jhoni Marchinko. Casting: Junie Lowry Johnson, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bungalow 5135, Universal City, CA 91608. Shoots in late June.

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Dark Blue (Drama/Crime, TNT). The cops in an undercover LAPD crime-fighting unit struggle to do their jobs honestly, despite the rampant corruption around them. Dylan McDermott and Omari Hardwick star. Written by Doug Jung. Directed by Jeff Hunt. Casting: April Webster and Veronica Rooney, 800 S. Main St., Ste. 309, Burbank, CA 91506. Shooting begins the end of May. Premiere: TBA.

Drop Dead Diva (Comedy, Lifetime). Resurrected Fox series about a selfish, shallow model-actor who dies in an accident and returns in the body of a brilliant, plus-size attorney. Casting: Carol Kritzer, Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 301, Valley Village, CA 91607. Premiere: TBA.

Eleventh Hour (Action, CBS). Based on the British series of the same name. A brilliant biophysicist and special science adviser to the government investigates scientific crises with the help of the FBI. Rufus Sewell and Marley Shelton star. Executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Casting: Felicia Fasano Casting, Warner Bros. Ranch, 411 N. Hollywood Way, Bldg. 29R, Rm. 123, Burbank, CA 91505. Premiered: Oct. 9.

Fashion & Friends (Reality). Reality series that sets out to turn fashion freaks, failures, and faux pas into fabulous fashion statements. Casting: Mystic Arts Pictures, 1918 W. Magnolia, Ste. 206, Burbank, CA 91505, attn: "Fashion & Friends." Shoot dates TBD.

* NEW The Forgotten (Crime/Drama, ABC). Amateur crime-fighters track down justice for those who have been wronged. A Jerry Bruckheimer production. Casting: April Webster, April Webster & Associates, 800 Main St., Ste. 251, Burbank, CA 91506. Premiere: TBA.

Gary Unmarried (Comedy,CBS) A recently divorced couple and their kids embark on finding new relationships after 15 years of marriage. Jay Mohr, Paula Marshall, Jaime King, Laura Marano, and Ryan Malgarini star. Casting: Zane/Pillsbury Casting, 585 N. Larchmont Blvd., L.A., CA 90004. Premiered: Sept. 24.

Glee (Comedy,Fox). Set at a Midwest high school, a Spanish teacher takes the glee club, populated by teenage misfits, and turns it around. Casting: Robert Ulrich, Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 301, Valley Village 91607. Pilot premiered: May 19.

* NEW Hank (Comedy, ABC). Forced out of a job when his company downsizes, former corporate tycoon Hank Pryor must adjust to his more mundane family life. Kelsey Grammer stars. Casting Nikki Valko, Valko/Miller Casting, 12003 Guerin St., Studio City, CA 91604. Premiere: TBA.

Hawthorne (Drama, TNT). Jada Pinkett Smith stars as Christina Hawthorne, a recently widowed nurse who struggles to balance the demands of her job and the challenge of single parenthood. Written by John Masius. Directed by Arvin Brown. Casting: Megan Branman and Dylann Brander, Branman/Brander Casting, 333 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301. Premiere: TBD.

Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (Fantasy/Comedy, Comedy Central). A reluctant hero struggles in the medieval world. Written by Peter Knight, who executive-produces with Keith Samples, Brad Johnson, Courtney Conte, and Flody Juarez. Casting: Jeanne McCarthy/Nicole Abellera Casting, 12340 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 233, L.A., CA 90025. Premiere: TBA.

Lie to Me (Crime/Drama, Fox). A sarcastic researcher heads up a consulting firm that works with the FBI, analyzing facial expressions and body language to help solve crimes. Tim Roth stars. Written by Dustin Thomason. Directed by Clark Johnson. Casting: Sharon Bialy & Sherry Thomas, Bialy/Thomas Casting, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Bldg. 310, 1st Fl. Ste. B, L.A., CA 90035. Premiered: Jan. 14.

Make It or Break It (ABC Family). A group of teen Olympic hopefuls train and prepare for their day in the spotlight. Casting: Dan Shaner and Michael Testa, c/o Shaner/Testa Casting, 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 261, Burbank, CA 91522. Premieres in June.

Majority Rules (Comedy/Family, Teletoon). Canadian network Teletoon's first live-action series about 16-year-old Becky Smith, a resident of the small town of Mayfield, who gets elected town mayor. Produced by Suzanne Berger. Casting: Lisa Parasyn, Lisa Parasyn Casting, 373 Front St. East, Toronto, ON M5A 1G4. Email: lisaparasyn@canadafilm.com. Shoot date TBD.

The Mentalist (Drama, CBS). A deceptive celebrity psychic puts his observational skills to use working for law enforcement. Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman, Robin Tunney, Shaun Toub, and Tim Kang star. Casting: Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 301, Valley Village, CA 91607. Premiered: Sept. 23.

* NEW The Middle (Comedy, ABC). Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck—the middle-class, middle-aged, middle-of-the-country wife, mother of three, and car salesman at the No. 1 used-car dealership in Jasper, Ind. Life may not be glamorous or showy for Frankie, but she's at home in the place where family comes first and folks do whatever it takes to keep that family together. Casting: Deborah Barylski, c/o 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 136, Rm. 226, Burbank, CA 91522. Premiere: TBA.

Mongoose and Luther (Teen, Disney). Two best friends wheel their way to the top of the skateboarding world. Produced by Matt Dearborn and Tom Burkhar. Casting: Sally Steiner and Barbie Block, Stiner/Block Casting, 1040 N. Las Palmas, Bldg. 2, 1st Floor, L.A., CA. Premiere: February.

My Kid's a Superstar (Reality). A documentary-soap-type series that follows the up-and-down lives of parents who believe their kids are supertalents. Casting: Hedda Muskat. Contact: (310) 413-2861. Shoots mid-2009.

Parks and Recreation (Comedy, NBC). Shot documentary-style, Amy Poehler stars in this ensemble piece set in the office of the deputy chairman of Indiana's Department of Parks and Recreations. Casting: Allison Jones, Sunset Gower Studios, 1438 N. Gower, Bldg. 5, Ste, 309, Mailbox 3, L.A., CA 90028. Premieres April 9.

Persons Unknown (Drama, Fox). Crime drama starring Jason Wyles, Daisy Betts, and Chad Boseman. Written by Linda McGibney. Directed by Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes. Casting: Junie Lowry Johnson and Libby Goldstein, Lowry-Johnson Casting, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bungalow 5165, Universal City, CA 91608. Premiere: TBD.

The Philanthropist (Drama, NBC). A renegade billionaire uses his wealth, connections, and power to help people in need. James Purefoy stars. Casting: Bacharach/McCollum Casting, 3800 Barham Blvd., Ste.100, Rm. 106, L.A, CA 90068. Premiere: TBA.

Rita Rocks (Comedy, Lifetime) A working mom regains her identity by re-creating her glory days as a musician in a garage band. Nicole Sullivan, Richard Ruccolo, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kelly Gould, and Raviv Ullman star. Casting: Greenstein/Daniel Casting, 6671 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1527, L.A., CA 90028. Premiered: Oct. 20.

Roommates (Comedy, ABC Family). The network's first half-hour comedy production revolves around a group of friends trying to figure out love and life in their post-college years. Tyler Francavilla, Dorian Brown, Tommy Dewey, David Weidoff, and Tamera Mowry star. Casting: Go Casting, 6464 W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. 970, L.A., CA 90028. Premiere: TBA.

Royal Pains (Drama/NBC). Good Morning Miami alum Mark Feuerstein stars as a down-on-his-luck New York physician who saves the life of a supermodel at an exclusive party in the Hamptons and suddenly finds himself in demand as an on-call "concierge doctor" for the rich and famous. Written by Carol Flint. Directed by Don Scardino. Casting: Bonnie Finnegan and Steven Jacobs, Finnegan/Jacobs Casting, c/o Actors Alliance, 330 W. 38th St., Room 507, New York, NY 10018. Shoots end of May. Premiere: TBA.

Scare Tactics (Reality/Drama, Sci Fi). Hidden cameras show the graphic results when an ordinary person unknowingly becomes the main character in a re-enacted scene from a horror movie. Kevin Healey, Scott Hallock, and Mike Harney produce. Casting: Suzanne Broderick, c/o Bright Idea Entertainment, 3575 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Ste. 390, L.A., CA 90068. Premiere: TBA.

* NEW Shark Tank (Reality, ABC). Inspired by the successful Japanese reality format, this competition-based show follows wannabe entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to wealthy, established executives ("The Sharks") with the hope they will secure funding and make their burgeoning dreams a reality. A Mark Burnett production. Casting: Mark Burnett Productions, 640 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, attn: "Shark Tank" Casting. Premier: TBA.

Southland (Drama, NBC). Michael Cudlitz stars in the fast-moving drama that focuses on the lives of cops, criminals, and their families. Written by Ann Biderman. Directed by Chris Chulack. Casting: John Levey, senior V.P. casting, c/o John Wells Productions, 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 1, Burbank, CA 91522. Premiered: April 9.

Surviving Surburbia (Comedy, The CW). The wins and woes of a family and their new suburban neighbors. Executive-produced by Kevin Abbott (My Name Is Earl). Casting: Go Casting, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 970, L.A., CA 90028. Premiered: Sept. 14.

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