Pilots with punch

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The tv production studios and broadcast networks are looking to big-name talent from the movies and cable, while some familiar names from years past return for this development season.

Writers and producers from cable shows such as HBO's "Oz" find themselves creating TV shows in the company of motion-picture luminaries Martin Scorsese and Jerry Bruckheimer. Producers from movies such as "L.A. Confidential," "The Brothers McMullen," "American Pie" and "Airplane!" are also trying their hand at TV.

The networks also included more minority actors in this season's pilots, where more than a handful are once again based in New York.


* Drama

"The Beast" (Imagine Television) From Kario Salem. Frank Langella and Courtney B. Vance star in this drama about a media mogul with a 24-hour news organization whose reporters not only cover stories but are part of them.

"Elementary" (Shephard/Robin Co./Touchstone Television) From Josh Friedman. A modern-day tale of Sherlock Holmes set in San Francisco.

"Little Italy" (Cappa Productions/Touchstone) From James Yoshimura and Martin Scorsese. A young cop, who grew up in the New York neighborhood in which he serves, deals with issues that affect the once-peaceful community.

Untitled Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel project (Imagine) A drama about a man and his relationship with his family, which includes a wife who is a former biker chick, a philandering right-wing dad and a sister wanted by the FBI.

"Gideon's Crossing" (Heel & Toe Films/Touchstone) From Paul Attanasio. Andre Braugher stars as Dr. Ben Gideon, a compassionate doctor.

"Wilder Days" (Artists Television Group/Touchstone) From Jonathan Prince. Drama about a San Francisco drive-time disc jockey who talks about his family on the show.

* Comedy

Untitled Denis Leary project (Touchstone/DreamWorks) From Peter Tolan and Denis Leary. Actor-comedian Mr. Leary stars as Mike McNeil, a jaded New York cop.

"Lost and Found" (Touchstone) From Terri Minsky. Set in New York, Teddie Cochran meets a man who has two children and learns that being an instant mom is not going to be as easy as she thought.

"Madigan Men" (Artists Television Group/Touchstone) From Cindy Chupak. Gabriel Byrne stars in the new series about three generations of men making their way through the dating world.

"No Dinner, No Dessert" (Imagine/Touchstone) From Ken Finkleman. An irreverent look at a 21st century family.

"People Who Fear People" (Paramount Television) From Victor Fresco. Comedy about two guys who think the world is out to get them.

"Wife and Kids" (Touchstone) From Don Reo, Damon Wayans. Mr. Wayans is Michael Kyle, a man who wanted a traditional family in a modern world.

* Reality

"Bamboozled" (Celador Ltd.) From Paul Smith. The "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" creator has a new quiz show where viewers can submit questions and have the opportunity to unseat the most recent victor.

"Mastermind" (ABC) From Michael Davies and Andrew Golder. Game show from the executive producer of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" questions contestants in rapid-fire sequence with no multiple choice options.

"Out There" (ABC) From Dan Patterson. This comedy-reality show takes improvisation to the streets.


* Drama

"American Family" (Greenblatt/Janollari) From Gregory Nava. The writer-director of "Mi Familia" and "Selena" introduces this drama about a Hispanic family.

"Cold Shoulder" (Regency Television/CBS Productions) From Lynda Plante/Charles Haid. Kelly McGillis stars as a former cop.

"CSI" (Touchstone/CBS) From Jerry Bruckheimer. The world of Las Vegas crime scene investigators.

"The District" (Studios USA/CBS) From Terry George and Denise Dinovi. A new Washington police commissioner deals with problems in the nation's capital.

"The Fugitive" (Warner Bros. Tele-vision) From Arnold Kopelson. Timothy Daly and Mykelti Williamson star in a remake of the 1960s series.

"Further Adventures" (Twentieth Television/CBS) From Danny DeVito. Mary Stuart Masterson and Rhea Perlman star in a drama about a mother raising two boys.

"Hopewell" (Studios USA/CBS) From Rene Balcer and Rod Holcomb. A Manhattan lawyer moves to upstate New York and deals with small-town legal cases.

"Mysteries of 71st Street" (Studios USA) From Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin. An upscale New York couple solves crimes, starting with a murder at their old apartment.

"Russo" (Big Ticket Television/CBS) From Frank Renzulli, part of the creative force behind. `The Sopranos'. Director Timothy Van Patten and star Michael Rispoli also on this drama about a vibrant multiethnic neighborhood.

"That's Life" (Paramount Television) From Anita Addison and Maddy Home. A thirty-some-thing New Jersey woman returns to college.

* Comedy

"Blind Men" (Regency Television/

Granada Entertainment USA) From Michael Glouberman and Andrew Orenstein. Oddball comedy about a man who sells window treatments.

"The Demarcos" (Touchstone) From John Levenstein and Nina Wass. An update on three fictional brothers who made their big splash on "Star Search."

"Homewood P.I." (CBS Prod-uctions/Columbia TriStar) From Rick Copp and Joel Fields. Tony Danza in this one-hour comedy plays a New Jersey cop.

Untitled Jonathan Katz project (Paramount) A live-action comedy about a suburban Boston family.

"Kiss Me, Guido" (Paramount) From Marc Cherry, Jonathan Axelrod and Jamie Widdoes. A guy from Brooklyn moves to Greenwich Village and becomes roommates with a gay man.

"The New Ellen Show" (Artists Television Group) From Ellen DeGeneres, Mitch Hurwitz and Vic Kaplan. A show about a variety show.

"The Rocky LaPorte Project" (CBS/Paramount) From Victor Fresco. Stand-up comedian Rocky LaPorte stars in his own show about a blue-collar guy with a wife and some kids to raise.

"Bette" (Columbia TriStar) From Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruck-heimer. Ms. Midler stars as a diva.

"Fourplay" (Artists Television Group) From Jeff Klarik. A show about four friends who live together.

"It's About Guy" (Artists Television Group) From Mitchell Katlin and Nat Bernstein. A comedy about a big-city playwright and a professor.

"Yes, Dear" (Twentieth Television) From Alan Kirschenbaum and Greg Garcia. A show about a neurotic first-time stay-at-home mom.

"Mister New York" (CBS/Studios USA/HBO) From Barbara Wallace, Thomas Wolfe. An Indiana weatherman gets his big break in New York.


* Drama

"Deadline" (Wolf Films/Studios USA) From Dick Wolf and Robert Palm. Oliver Platt stars as an investigative journalist who writes New York's most popular column.

"Fortunate Son" (Jim Leonard Productions) From Jim Leonard. John Stamos stars as the son of a California politician who works as a private eye in San Diego.

"Good Guys/Bad Guys" (Artists Television Group/NBC) From Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson and Julie Martin. Dana Delany stars as an FBI agent who tries to take down a Miami crime boss played by musician Jon Secada.

"L.A. Sheriff's Homicide" (Grammnet Productions/

Paramount) From Robert Nathan and Kelsey Grammer. About homicide detectives in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office.

"Rocky Times" (Brad Grey Tele-vision/NBC) From R.W. Goodwin and Brad Grey. A one-hour com-edy about a twenty-something Bostonian who moves to a Colo-rado town for the woman he loves.

"Semper Fi" (DreamWorks Television/NBC) From Steven Spielberg and Jim Uhis. A realistic look at a young platoon in the Marines.

"Sherman's March" (Twentieth Television and Kopelson Entertainment/NBC) From John Scott Shepherd. An up-and-coming New York ad executive is transferred to North Carolina, where he falls for a local woman who works at a rival agency.

"Silent Witness" (Granada Entertainment USA/Columbia TriStar Television/NBC) From Michelle Ashford. A medical examiner, who acts like a detective in her quest for justice, moves back to Chicago to investigate the death of her father.

"Stuckeyville" (Worldwide Pants and Viacom Productions/NBC) From Rob Burnett. A frazzled New Yorker flies back to his hometown of Stuckeyville to look up an old high school crush and decides to stay.

"This Life" (Studios USA/NBC) From Jill Gordon. The daily per-sonal exploits of five struggling twenty-something lawyers in a San Francisco firm who also live in the same house. Based on a British series.

"Titans" (Spelling Television/

NBC) From Charles Pratt Jr., Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent. Yasmine Bleeth and Victoria Principal star in a soap for the new millennium set in Beverly Hills.

* Comedy

"Cursed" (Artists Television Group) From Michael Katlin and Nat Bernstein. Steven Weber is a man who would have the world on a string if it weren't for a curse after a blind date that turns his everyday life into a never-ending series of mishaps.

"The Fighting Fitzgeralds" (Artists Television Group) From Edward Burns. A comedy about three brothers and their widowed father.

"Go Fish" (Atusis Entertainment/Touchstone) From Adam Herz. Adventures of three guys trying to survive the trials and tribulations of high school.

"H.U.D." (NBC) From Steve Koren. "Get Smart" for the 21st century.

"Just Married" (NBC) From Jack Burditt. Romantic comedy about two 19-year-olds who elope and try to prove to the world they are responsible enough to be married.

Untitled John Markus project (Paramount) From John Markus and Earl Pomerantz. A naive Oklahoma girl becomes the assist-ant to a bad-boy real estate mogul.

"The Peter Principle" (Hat Trick Productions/Warner Bros.) From John Riggi. A bank manager tries to stay in the game when his boss hires a young assistant manager to bring the company into the 21st century.

Untitled Michael Richards project (Castle Rock Entertainment) From Spike Feresten, Andy Robin, Gregg Kavet. Michael Richards is a former security patrolman who tries to start his own detective agency.

"These Women" (NBC) From Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Hellne. A story of three sisters and their relationships with each other.

"The Thing About Family" (Sister Lee Productions/Warner Bros.) From Yvette Lee Bowser and Kyle Bowser. An eclectic African American family with four generations set in Philadelphia.

"Those Who Can" (NBC/Littlefield Co.) From Steven Franks and Warren Littlefield. An independent bachelor becomes a substitute teacher and mentors a little boy with divorced parents.

"Tucker" (NBC/Regency Television) From Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes. Katey Sagal stars in a family comedy as seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy dealing with divorce, growing up and falling in love for the first time.

Untitled Turner Family project (Carsey-Werner Productions) From Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner. Wayne Knight stars in a family comedy as a man who wakes up after a near-death experience and realizes he's got to take charge of his role as a father and husband.


* Drama

"Celebrity" (Jersey Television/

Twentieth Television) From Danny DeVito. Set in Hollywood, the ensemble drama explores the behind-the-scenes lives of six people in pursuit of fame.

"Damaged Goods" (Twentieth Television) From Charles Rosin. A stylistic look at the daily lives of six twentysomethings working in an upscale outdoor shopping center on the Las Vegas strip.

"Dark Angel" (Twentieth Tele-vision) From James Cameron and Charles Eglee. A sci-fi adventure series set in post-apocalyptic America.

"The Faculty" (David E. Kelley Productions/Twentieth Television) From David E. Kelley. Mr. Kelley's new series explores the personal and professional lives of a group of high school teachers in suburban Boston.

"Fearsum" (Twentieth Television/

Regency Television) From Tommy Thompson. A weekly sci-fi drama that utilizes the power of the Internet to recount tales of the unexpected.

"Killer App" (Artists Television Group) From Garry Trudeau, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana and Allen Coulter. Set at a Seattle-based start-up, the drama features young programmers who launch a revolutionary computer software application.

"L.A. Confidential" (Warner Bros. Television/Regency Television) From Walon Green. Los Angeles in the 1950s.

"The Lone Gunmen" (Ten Thirteen Productions/Twentieth Television) From Chris Carter. The popular trio of computer-hacking con-spiracy freaks known on "The X-Files" as the Lone Gunmen are heading out on their own in a spinoff.

"Loveland" (Twentieth Television) From Dennis Cooper. Drama set in a large Atlanta hospital about two young doctors.

"MK3" (Warner Bros. Television) From Charlie Craig. An updated "Three Musketeers."

"Night Terrors" (Warner Bros. Television) From Dan Angel and Billy Brown. Aidan Quinn stars as Jeremy Bell, an overstressed transportation official.

"The Street" (Artists Television Group) From Darren Star. A soap opera about twenty-something Wall Street investment bankers.

"Third Coast" (Twentieth Television) From Rob Thomas. A woman moves back to Sparta, Texas, from a high-powered New York venture capitalist job.

"Ultraviolet" (Twentieth Television) From Howard Gordon and Chip Johannessen. A blend of sci-fi and drama about a New York police lieutenant who discovers the world of vampires.

Untitled Zwick-Herskovitz project (Bedford Falls Co./Regency Television) From Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. A com-ing-of-age drama chronicles the adventures of a recent college grad-uate when he returns to New York.

* Comedy

"Don't Ask" (Carsey-Werner) From Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner. John Goodman in a new family comedy about two college best friends, who are now single fathers and share a house in Los Angeles with teen-age kids.

"Father Can't Cope" (Regency Television) From Brian Levant. A family comedy.

"Mother House" (Touchstone Television) From Dave Mandel and Brian Kelley. A comedy about three friends in college.

Untitled Nancy Pimental project (Littlefield Co./NBC) From Nancy Pimental. A friendship about three twentysomething women.

"National Lampoon's Family Adventure" (Warner Bros. Television) From Sam Simon. The misadventures of an American family in their outfitted Airstream motor home.

"Normal People" (Twentieth Television) From Gary Janetti. Tori Spelling stars as Carol Anne, a 25-year-old Barney's salesgirl who hasn't figured out what she's doing for the rest of her life yet.

"Schimmel" (Twentieth Television) From Mike Scully. Stand-up comic Robert Schimmel plays a loving husband and father of two teen-age daughters.

"Star Patrol" (Twentieth Television) From Bob Keyes, Chip Keyes and Doug Keyes. A sci-fi parody set in the 27th century.

"The Tick" (Sonnenfeld-Josephson/Sony Pictures Television) From Ben Edlund and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Patrick Warburton, from "Seinfeld," plays an accountant turned reluctant crime-fighter.

"Whacked!" (Twentieth Television) From Danny Jacobson. A mafia comedy about three generations of a family living under one roof.

"Hey Neighbor" (Greenblatt/

Janollari) From Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari. After wit-nessing a Mafia murder, a couple is forced to live under the Witness Protection Program in suburbia.

* Alternative

"Adrenaline Run" (Stu Segall Productions/Fox) From Frank Lupo. The hard-hitting adventures of a Los Angeles auto theft squad and felony warrants division.

"Clone High, U.S.A." (Touchstone) From Bill Lawrence, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Animated show about a high school for clones of famous people.

"Battle of the Sitcoms" (Dakota Films/Fox) From Steve Lookner. Each week the audience votes for one of two eight-minute sitcoms presented to them.

"The Number One Show in America" (Hungry Man Productions/Basic Entertainment) From Allan Broce and Hank Perlman. A fictional 15-year-old producer creates a variety show.

"The Smartest Person in America" (Lighthearted Entertainment) From Howard Schultz. A multimedia quiz show.

"T.R.A.X." (Muse Entertainment/Pearson Television International) From Renny Harlin. T.R.A.X. is a federally commissioned police force created to protect the public against paranormal crime. A blend of reality, horror and comedic TV.


* Drama

"Finally Home" (Spelling Entertainment) From Aaron Spelling and Catherine LePard. Melissa Gilbert stars in a drama about a family coping with the loss of twins by adopting children.

"Gilmore Girls" (Warner Bros.) From Amy Sherman-Palladino. A young mother raises a 16-year-old daughter.

Untitled Harold Ramis project (Columbia TriStar/Brad Grey Television) From Harold Ramis, Arnie Rissman and Peter Steinfeld. A look at the investigative division within the Los Angeles school system.

"Wall to Wall Records" (Warner Bros.) From Josh Schwartz and Lisa Melamed. A series about four young people contending with the music industry in Los Angeles at a start-up record label.

"Day One" (Regency Television/Granada Television) From Michael Piller. After an asteroid destroys civilization, survivors enter a new era on Earth.

"Dead Last" (Warner Bros.) From Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis. A struggling rock band can see spirits.

"Going to California" (Columbia TriStar) From Scott Rosenberg. Friends take a road trip to California.

"The Learning Curve" (Tollin-Robbins Productions/Warner Bros.) From John Gatins and Brian Robbins. A college graduate teaches underachieving students.

"Sullivan Street" (Warner Bros.) From Ed Redlich. Rob Estes stars in drama about law students who work at a law clinic.

* Comedy

"Hayley Wagner, Star" (Viacom) From Nell Scovell. Mel Harris and Ted McGinley star in a comedy about a former pampered child movie star who has to adjust to being a regular teen-ager after her career fades.

Untitled Nikki Cox project (Warner Bros.) From Bruce Helford and Deborah Oppenheimer. A sitcom imbued with the same sensibility as "The Drew Carey Show" about a woman and her husband who move to Las Vegas to pursue careers as a showgirl and wrestler.

"The Oblongs" (Warner Bros.) From Jace Richdale, Bruce Helford and Deborah Oppenheimer. Animated series about a dysfunctional family.

"Grosse Pointe" (Artists Television Group) From Darren Star. A satirical look at an ensemble of twentysomethings.

"Fresh Meat" (Warner Bros.) From Peter Segal and Fred Wolf. A group of twentysomethings try to make it in Hollywood.

"Hype" (Warner Bros.) From Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins. A sketch comedy show.

"Life's Too Short" (Twentieth Television) From Greg Daniels. A comedy about an eccentric family.

Untitled Nick Turturro project (Brad Grey Television/Warner Bros.) From Dave Flebotte. Nick Turturro stars as a Queens man who aspires to Manhattan.

"American Family" (Columbia TriStar/Brad Grey Television) From Alexa Junge. Set in upper Manhattan, an apartment becomes the focal point where five diverse people forge a surrogate family.

"Doughboy" (Brad Grey Television/Columbia TriStar/Hungry Man Productions) From Donick Cary and Gay Rosenthal. A once-lowly grocery boy becomes a multimillionaire overnight.

"Whatever You Want" (Warner Bros. Television/Hat Trick Productions) From Paul Buccieri and Rob Weiss. A reality-based variety/game show where winners' dreams come true.


* Drama

"The Contender" (Viacom) From Tim Reid and Hugh Wilson. A sports drama set in Baltimore about a rich teen-ager who wants to become a boxer.

"Level 9" (Paramount) From John Sacret Young. A secret government agency fights Internet crime.

"All Souls" (Spelling Television) From Mark Frost and Stephen Tolkin. A drama about a haunted hospital.

"I Spike" (Greenblatt/Janollari) From Scott Shepherd and Adam Rifkin. Lisa Rinna, Daisy Fuentes and Damien Wayans star in drama about FBI agents who go undercover as pro volleyball players.

"Resistance" (Warner Bros.) From Joel Silver and Hans Tobeason. Drama about resistance fighters in America after there has been a military coup.

* Comedy

"Choppy" (Big Ticket Television) From John Crane and Tim O'Donnell. Two 15-minute segments about a nerdy guy with no self-consciousness.

"Girlfriends" (Paramount/

Gramnet) From Mara Brock Akil and Kelsey Grammer. Female ensemble comedy.

"Off the Hook" (Artists Television Group) From Al Haymon and Michael Wilson. Multiethnic sketch comedy.

"Who's Your Daddy" (Greenblatt/Janollari) From Eunetta Boone. A sportscaster is a single dad.

Untitled Freddy Soto project (Artists Television Group) From Bill Diamond. Comic Freddy Soto stars as a misunderstood Latino man.

* Midseason comedies

"Doomsday" (Film Roman) From Howard Stern and Don Buchwald. Animated futuristic comedy.

"Rat Bastard" (Imagine) From Barry Jossen and Ed Meumeier. Animated series based on a comic book about a rat detective.

"Kevin Devlin" (NBC) From Ron Leavitt. Comedy about a reluctant school bully.

"Clayton" (Greenblatt/Janollari) From Eric Fogel. High school claymation comedy with voices by Adam Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly, Soleil Moon Frye and Jon Cryer.

Karissa Wang is a staff reporter for Electronic Media.

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