Update on NBC’s Favorite Pilots, Including THE ROCKFORD FILES, THE CHASE, THE EVENT, OUTSOURCED, BEACH LANE and More

     May 4, 2010

All eyes are watching as the struggling NBC assembles its fall schedule, and Variety has some early insight into how it’s shaping up.  The network announced an early pickup of the J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers yesterday, and things are looking very good for The Rockford Files remake led by David Shore (House), the Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI) fugitive-hunt procedural The Chase, and Kindreds, the latest legal drama from David E. Kelley (Boston Legal).  Likewise, the conspiracy thriller The Event and the romantic anthology series Love Bites has impressed some key execs.

Among the half-hours, workplace sitcom Outsourced is looking for writers (“always a good sign”), and NBC has reacted positively to the quirky family tale This Little Piggy, the Friends-ian romantic comedy Perfect Couples, and Next, the latest from Paul Reiser (Mad About You).  Though not without flaws, Beach Lane is still in contention thanks to star Matthew Broderick.  Details on each project after the jump:

THE CHASE
Plot: “A fugitive apprehension team comprised of U.S. Marshals tracks down the nation’s most notorious criminals in the Southwest.”
Cast/Crew: produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Cold Case)

THE ROCKFORD FILES
Plot: “The title character, Jim Rockford, remains a roguish private eye who tackles the dangerous, quirky and unpredictable cases that no other detective wants to handle.”  A remake of the 1970s series.
Cast/Crew: created by David Shore (House); stars Dermot Mulroney (The Wedding Date)

KINDREDS
Plot: “A curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer and his group of misfit associates form an unconventional kind of law practice.”
Cast/Crew: created by David E. Kelley (The Practice); cast includes Kathy Bates (About Schmidt) and Brittany Snow (Prom Night)

LOVE BITES
Plot: “The romantic dramedy chronicles several loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating.”
Cast/Crew: created by Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City); stars Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and Jordana Spiro (My Boys)

THE EVENT
Plot: “A thriller with a unique storytelling device that features multiple points of view concerning a decent, regular fellow who battles against mysterious circumstances that envelop a larger conspiracy.”
Cast/Crew: cast includes Blair Underwood (Dirty Sexy Money) and Emmy-winner Zeljko Ivanek (Damages)

OUTSOURCED
Plot: “Single-camera comedy about a customer service manager in Kansas city who’s sent to India to train his replacement when his department is outsourced.”
Cast/Crew: created by Robert Borden (George Lopez)

NEXT
Plot: “A semi-autobiographical look at the former television star and family man dealing with life’s day-to-day conundrums.”
Cast/Crew: Paul Reiser (Mad About You) is creator and star

PERFECT COUPLES
Plot: “Comedy about three couples at various stages of their relationships.”
Cast/Crew: created by Jon Pollack (30 Rock) and Scott Silveri (Friends)

THIS LITTLE PIGGY
Plot: “Comedy about two adult siblings who move in with their eldest brother after he inherits his parents’ large, rambling Portland, Oregon house.”
Cast/Crew: created by Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg (Scrubs)

BEACH LANE
Plot:
“Comedy about a celebrity author hired by an irresponsible millionaire heir to run his struggling small-town newspaper in the Hamptons.”
Cast/Crew: cast includes Matthew Broderick (Election) and Kristen Johnson (3rd Rock from the Sun)

For a broader look at the hot pilots on FOX, ABC, and CBS, click here.

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