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Pilot Season: 'V' and 'Lost in the '80s' a go

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Pilot_l ABC has ordered a pilot for V, an update on NBC’s 1983 sci fi miniseries. Considering the flurry of emails the news elicited from EW’s TV department — and the fact that 40 million people tuned in for V the first time — I’m going to give this a TAG (Totally Arbitrary Grade) of A-. (The minus is because this is the network that canceled Invasion.) The script, written by Scott Peters (The 4400), centers on afemale Homeland Security agent, according to The Hollywood Reporter. To relive the joy that was V — from the advertising (ABC must be salivating), to the Independence Day-inspiring imagery of alien spacecraft hovering over our cities, to the swallowing of a guinea pig whole — read Kristen Baldwin’s fascinating 1999 look back.

Considering ABC is the network that also just ordered Eastwick, an adaptation of the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Alphabet is also moving ahead with the appropriately titled Lost in the ’80s. Per THR, it’s “considered an’80s version of The Wonder Years and described as Fast Times atRidgemont High meets The Ice Storm.” (You gotta love Hollywood.) The script is from veteran Wonder Years scribe Bob Brush; the exec producers are from Two and a Half Men (Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum) and Arrested Development (Mitch Hurwitz), who are also behind Fox’s planned Ab Fab import. So wrong it’s right, or so wrong we’ll never see it? TAG: B

More on pilot season:
Ab Fab import and Witches of Eastwick-based drama a go
Grade Fox’s latest orders

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