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Pilot Intel: ABC developing 11 dramas, 12 comedies for fall

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The jury’s still out on the future of some ABC series (we’re looking at you, FlashForward and V), but the network is already hard at work on a contingency plan: It’s developing 11 new dramas for fall, including fresh projects from uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Grey’s Anatomy honcho Shonda Rhimes. And there’s good news coming out of the network’s laugh department: the success of Wednesday night series Cougar Town, The Middle, and Modern Family has prompted ABC to continue spending big bucks on more comedies — thus its decision to order 12 half-hour pilots this year. Here are the network’s fall pilots, many of which are still being cast (decisions on which projects are ordered to series are typically made in the weeks leading up to ABC’s presentation to advertisers, which occurs this May in New York. And no, not every pilot will get a pickup):


187 Detroit (writer Jason Richman). A light-hearted look at Detroit’s top homicide division.

Body of Evidence (Chris Murphey). A procedural about a female medical examiner who used to work as a neurosurgeon.

Cutthroat (Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters). A dramedy about a single mother who operates an international drug cartel from Beverly Hills.

Edgar Floats (Rand Ravich). A police psychologist becomes a bounty hunter.

Generation Y (Noah Hawley). A documentary-style dramedy that tracks a group of former high school classmates over the last decade.

Matadors (Jack Orman). A drama focusing on two long-feuding families in Chicago that stars David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum).

No Ordinary Family (Jon Feldman, Greg Berlanti). A family of superheroes that stars Michael Chiklis (The Shield).

Off the Map (Jenna Bans, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers). Shot in Puerto Rico, the drama focuses on three doctors who leave the mainland to work at an isolated tropical clinic.

The Whole Truth (Tom Donaghy, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman). Legal drama that provides perspective from the defendant/prosecution prosecution perspective until a verdict is reached.

True Blue (Jon Feldman and Chris Brancato). Homicide detectives in San Francisco reunite to solve the murder of a former co-worker. Cast includes Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace).

Untitled Richard Hatem project. Focuses on a (hot) female detective team


Awkward Situations for Men (Jeff Filgo & Jackie Filgo). Inspired by the Danny Wallace book of the same name, the series focuses on a British on-air personality who moves to America and clashes with local customs. Cast includes Wallace and Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show).

Freshmen (Greg Malins, Arianna Huffington). A multi-camera sitcom about three first-year members of Congress that stars Sarah Chalke (Scrubs).

Funny in Farsi (Nastaran Dibai, Jeffrey B. Hodes). Based on the novel of the same name by Firoozeh Dumas, which is a memoir of the author’s childhood.

Untitled David Caspe Project. A single-camera comedy about a couple who breaks up at the altar while their friends try to keep things copacetic. Cast includes Damon Wayans, Jr. (My Wife and Kids ).

How to Be A Better American (Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley). A single-camera comedy about a father who attempts to improve his life and the lives of his (not-so-amenable) family.

It Takes a Village (Casey Johnson & David Windsor). A single-camera comedy about two exes and their partners who come together to raise a 15-year-old boy.

Mr. Sunshine (Matthew Perry, Alex Barnow, Mark Firek). Perry (Friends) stars as a self-absorbed manager of a sports arena. Cast also includes Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted).

Untitled Couples Project (Shana Goldberg-Meehan). A multi-camera sitcom about two sisters in different stages of their romantic relationships. Cast includes Joanna Garcia (Privileged).

Untitled Dana Gould Project. A multi-camera comedy about a high school guidance counselor. Cast includes Gould and Brian Dennehy (Cocoon).

Who Gets the Parents (Joe Port & Joe Wiseman). A multi-camera comedy about three adult siblings who are grappling with their parents’ late-in-life divorce.

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid (Howard Morris and Jenny Lee). A multi-camera comedy based on the book of the same name.

Wright Vs. Wrong (Stephanie Weir). A single-camera comedy about a conservative pundit who’s very different in private.

Southern Discomfort (Chad Kultgen, Rob Long). A multi-camera comedy about a dad whose grown kids move into his house.

More: Lynette Rice’s full coverage of TV pilot season