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Pilot Season: Bruckheimer, star-crossed lovers, and 'Fame' comparisons

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ABC has greenlighted three more drama pilots, Variety reports. And they are:

Limelight: Inspired by consulting producer Pharrell Williams’ experience, this show revolves around the aspiring wannabes and teachers at a New York City performing arts high school. K.J. Steinberg (Gossip Girl) will write the pilot; she’ll exec produce with McG and Leonard Goldberg (Charlie’s Angels). As the trade points out, the show could benefit from great timing — a big screen Fame is on tap for fall. Or, as I point out: It could be Mark Burnett’s show Pirate Master, tanking even though audiences were loving Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. TAG (Totally Arbitary Grade): B-

• Untitled Jerry Bruckheimer project: Not much was reported about the plot of this show, with the appropriate working title The Unknown, but it’s said to center on amateur crime fighters. I understand why ABC would want to partner with Bruckheimer, who’s produced the CBS procedural hits CSI, Cold Case, Without a Trace, and Eleventh Hour. And maybe the amateur angle is how they’ll lie to themselves and say the idea’s fresh. But it’s still sounding stale. TAG: C

Empire State: This story is said to center on “two clashing families and a Romeo and Juliet-style love story.” Talk about stale, right? However, the script is from Michael Seitzman, who wrote the Chris Klein-Leelee Sobieski teen weeper Here on Earth and adapted the Charlize Theron-starring North Country. How does that happen? I’d like to see this show, just on ABC Family. TAG: C+

How do you grade the latest orders?

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