Robin Williams Comedy Among Three Pilots Moving Forward At CBS
CBS has picked up two more drama pilots today, one from a trio from Showtime’s Homeland, and the other from writer Michael Seitzman. They’ve also made official the order for the David E. Kelley comedy pilot Crazy Ones which would bring Robin Williams back to television in a starring role if it goes to series.
The Robin Williams comedy was pretty much set to get a pilot order since the network first announced it was in development; I would have been shocked if it hadn’t, and I will be surprised if it didn't make it to series. A name like Robin Williams is pretty hard to ignore, and his first lead TV role since Mork & Mindy would be pretty big news. It’s a single-camera comedy, unlike Mork & Mindy, surrounding the world of advertising where Williams will play an advertising executive who works with his daughter.
The pilot order for Anatomy of Violence, the drama from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, and Alex Cary, doesn’t come as any surprise either. Deadline says this one had a pilot production commitment and was highly unlikely to miss a greenlight. Based on the book by Adrian Raine, it follows a criminal psychologist whose area of expertise is sociopaths. He partners with a female detective with whom he has a difficult history.
Finally there is the one pilot order that wasn’t a shoe-in, Intelligence, from North Country writer Seitzman. The drama focuses on a unit within the US Cyber Command whose work centers on one very unique individual – an agent with a microchip implanted in his brain. This one is also based on a book, Dissident by John Dixon. Person of Interest director David Semel just recently came on board this project, which seems to have buoyed it up a bit. If it came down to choosing between the two pilots though, I would put my money on Anatomy of Violence to succeed over this one.
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