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‘HIMYM’ Guys’ Pilot Halfway There at CBS; Coco Back in Biz With NBC (Updated)

PilotWatch 2010: Eye orders “Livin’ on a Prayer” as the pickups keep on coming

LATE TUESDAY UPDATE: NBC added two more projects to its 2010-11 slate, including one from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco shingle. Said Universal Media Studios chief (and NBC Entertainment president) Angela Bromstad to Coco: "We cool, bro. We cool."

Also, both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting a new project at ABC.


If all goes perfectly, CBS may have just found a new 8:30 p.m. Monday comedy for next fall.

The network today confirmed that it’s snapped up "Livin’ on a Prayer," the spec script from the producers of "How I Met Your Mother" which went out to the networks over the weekend. CBS all but telegraphed its desire for the project Monday by giving an early season six renewal to "HIMYM."

While it’s hardly a lock the project will end up behind "HIMYM" on Mondays — it first needs to get a series greenlight, as well as find a title that doesn’t invoke a Bon Jovi song — the show appears to be a tonal fit for the slot. And the odds of "Accidentally on Purpose" returning next season on Monday nights in the fall appear slim, based on its so-so ratings and decided lack of buzz.

Here’s the latest info on pilots greenlit today:



Untitled Richard Hatem (ABC Studios)

EP/W: Richard Hatem
EP: Gary Fleder, Chris Brancato, Bert Salke
D: Fleder
Logline: Female detective and former cop fight crime and uncover a conspiracy.


"The Pink House" (UMS)

EP/W: Rick Weiner & Kenny Schwartz

EP: Scott Stuber

Logline: A multicam comedy about the friendship between two guys who take a risk and move out to LA to begin the next chapter of their post-college lives.

Untitled John Eisendrath (UMS/Conaco)

EP/W: John Eisendrath

Logline: A new take on a law show with a larger than life character at the center that will tackle the most topical issues through the eyes of an ex-justice trying to change the law.


"Defenders" (CBS TV Studios)

EP/ W: Niels Mueller and Kevin Kennedy
EP: Joe Gantz and Harry Gantz
Logline: Two charismatic and fiery Las Vegas defense attorneys go to the mat for their clients on a daily basis.

"Living on a Prayer" (20th)

W/EP: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Kourtney Kang & Joe Kelly (
Logline: Multi-camera, half-hour ensemble centered around an unmarried couple and their friends in Pittsburgh.

Untitled Redlich and Belucci (Sony/CBS Studios)

EP/W: Ed Redlich, John Bellucci
EP: Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly
Logline: A female NYPD detective possesses the special ability to remember everything – although a gift in her job, it’s also a curse in her personal life. Based on a short story by J. Robert Lennon.

"Chaos" (20th)

EP/ W: Tom Spezialy
EP: Brett Ratner
Logline: A group of rogue CIA operatives combat bureaucratic gridlock, rampant incompetence and political infighting.