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Pilot Season, and All the World is Young: Nets Throw Stuff at Wall, Pray Something Sticks

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Pilot season is that magical period when networks and basic cable alike feel a renewed sense of hope. Let’s take a peek:

CBS

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Stephen Dorff as a charming finder of people in LA’s darker corners. If they were in the bright, sunny spots, they wouldn’t be lost.

Viva Laughlin
A guy opens a casino in Laughlin, Nevada, gets involved in a murder. A US version of the BBC musical series Viva Blackpool. Hugh Jackman is supposed to guest in the pilot. Cast bursts into song at frequent intervals.

ABC

Cashmere Mafia
Four New York career gals try to have it all.
Gail Katz is EP, Kevin Wade writes.

Women’s Murder Club
Based on the James Patterson novels, four women, a medical examiner, a reporter, a detective and a lawyer, track down murderers. Brett Ratner is EP/Director. And we all kow what that means.

Oddly enough, these two pilots aren’t about the same four women, but they could be.


NBC

Lipstick Jungle
Candace Bushnell novel, racy tale of women behaving badly. Gina Gershon has been cast. Novel idea: women have sex.

Untitled David Shore/Peter Blake
Ensemble cop show, with a female lead. Novel idea: multiple cops.

CW

Wild at Heart
American family move to African game preserve. Born Free for the new generation.

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