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ABC Adds Four Drama Pilots with Fall Hope

Basking in the success of its red-hot new drama series "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," ABC is prepping its fall drama hopefuls.

The network picked up four one-hour pilots Thursday from producers J.J. Abrams, Rod Lurie, Steve Pearlman and John Wells' John Wells Prods.

"What About Brian," from Touchstone and Abrams' studio-based Bad Robot, centers on a thirtysomething single guy surrounded by his married friends.

Feature writer Dana Stevens ("City of Angels") penned the script. She is executive producing with "Lost" and "Alias" exec producer Abrams.

"Westside," from Warner Bros. TV and Pearlman's studio-based Class IV Prods., is set in the cutthroat world of real estate and centers on an upscale real estate agency specializing in high-end homes on Los Angeles' Westside.

Silvio Horta (UPN's "Jake 2.0") wrote the script and is exec producing with Pearlman and Class IV's Andrew Plotkin.

"Evidence," from WBTV and John Wells Prods., is a procedural drama that starts with presenting all the evidence and follows the efforts to deconstruct the crime.

"The Rule of Four" co-author Dustin Thomason and Sam Baum (the WB Network's "Young MacGyver") penned the script for the project, which was picked up with a put pilot commitment in September (HR 9/27).

The two also are exec producing.

Lurie's "Commander in Chief," from Touchstone TV, has been given a cast-contingent order for a two-hour pilot. The project, developed under Lurie's overall deal at the studio, is about the first female president of the United States. (HR 9/21)

Lurie wrote the script and is exec producing with Marc Frydman, his producing partner at Battle Plan Prods.

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