ABC Orders BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Fox Calls for LIKE FATHER and CW Takes FIRST CUT

     January 24, 2012

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Another round of pilot orders is upon us. Among them are a second helping of Beauty and the Beast, a father-son comedy for Fox and a light-hearted doctor drama for CW. Here are the details:

  • ABC orders Beauty and the Beast on the heels of fantasy success series Once Upon a Time. The CW had previous ordered a Beauty and the Beast pilot as well.
  • Like Father, a comedy inspired by Cougar Town’s Bill Lawrence and the relationship with his father, was ordered by Fox.
  • The CW has ordered doctor dramedy First Cut from Gilmore Girls scribe and Pushing Daisies executive producer.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

THR reports rachel-bilson-hart-of-dixiethat ABC’s Beauty and the Beast pilot will be written by Jonathan E. Steinberg of Human Target. Gary Fleder (Life Unexpected) and Mary Beth Basile (October Road) will executive produce. The series will seek to reimagine the classic tale of a beautiful and stubborn princess who falls for a mysterious monster.

THR also reported on Fox’s ordering of Like Father, which Lawrence will write, direct and executive produce with Jeff Ingold. Lawrence’s second project is a workplace comedy in development at CBS with How I Met Your Mother executive producer, Greg Malins.

Finally, and also from THR is the pilot order from CW for First Cut by scribe Jennie Snyder Urman and executive producer Dan Jinks. The “drama with comedic elements” follows a young doctor who is eager to start her professional career but soon finds that the hospital social scene is quite similar to her high school experiences. The show has another female-doctor series to compete with on the same network in Rachel Bilson’s Hart of Dixie, which was previously picked up for a full season.

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