PilotWatch 2010: Ron Howard laughs with “IRS,” “Gilmore” gal back at CW; ABC gets “The Parents”
UPDATE 2: Ron Howard just got a comedy order from Fox (see below).
UPDATE: Danny Cannon, director of the original "CSI" pilot and the pilot for "CSI: NY," has been signed to direct The CW's McG-produced "Nikita."
Amy Sherman-Palladino is headed back to her weblet roots, snagging a pilot order from The CW.
The network today greenlit two projects to pilot: One from the "Gilmore Girls" creator and a remake of "La Femme Nikita." Both are from Warner Bros. TV, with CBS TV Studios a co-producer on Palladino's untitled Wyoming Project.
"Gilmore" was one of the old WB network's signature shows, and Sherman-Palladino's signing with the CW is another sign the network is looking to expand beyond the campy soaps that have been its base the last few years. The CW has been encouraged by strong buzz and a decent debut for the "Gilmore"-esque "Life Unexpected."
"Nikita," meanwhile, is an existing franchise but it's in the hands of the capable folks at Wonderland Sound and Vision, who are behind the CW's cult favorite "Supernatural." Expect this one to be big at Comic-Con 2010 (assuming it goes to series).
Details, along with other pilot pickups for Wednesday as they roll in:
EP/W: Brent Forrester
EP: Ron Howard
Logline: Single-camera office comedy set at the Internal Revenue Service
"Who Gets the Parents?" (ABC Studios)
EP/W: Joe Port and Joe Wiseman
Logline: Three adult siblings deal with the unexpected fallout of their parents’ later-in-life divorce. Half-hour multicamera comedy.
Writer/EP: Craig Silverstein
EPs: McG, Peter Johnson
Logline: Update of "La Femme Nikita." Nikita has gone rogue, and a new Nikita is being trained to replace her.
Untitled Wyoming Project (WBTV/CBS TV Studios)
Writer/EP: Amy Sherman-Palladino & Dan Palladino
Logline: Family soap set on horse farm in a small town in the Midwest or Rockies.