Monday, 8 February 2010


[7.49 - French Time] It's Pilotfest these days for the networks, as they're trying to find the shows they will put on air for the 2010-2011 season. And as usual there's nothing to get particularly excited about.

THR reports that Michael Chiklis (The Shield) will star in a drama pilot for ABC called No Ordinary Family. He will be the father of a family whose members have special abilities. The project is from Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman (Dirty Sexy Money). A live-action The Incredibles or Parenthood meets Heroes? We'll see.

Talking about ABC, Nikki Finke has an interesting piece about David Goyer leaving FlashForward, seen through the prism of the development at ABC and their need for a breakout hour-long drama (

Unless a miracle that will certainly not be FlashForward and maybe the nets should consider the relevance of spending fortunes on drama projects designed to convince our friend Lee Goldberg to write another opus of his Unsold Television Pilots classic book, or which should not go beyond the pilot.

At least NBC tried, with Jay Leno in Primetime, to consider the problem. The impact of Leno's underperformance on the local news made NBC's affiliates ask for a premature stop of the experiment ( The perspective of the Comcast/NBC Uni merger must certainly have weighed too as NBC has a lot to discuss with its affiliates (,0,7577841.story).

Now NBC is in the development game more than ever. The question is: do Rex is not your lawyer or the US version of Prime Suspect worth the much publicized exit of Conan O'Brien and Leno on Oprah?

Lee, we know you're busy... but write that book.

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