TV'S UPFRONT: NETWORKS CAN GET CHOOSY IN FERTILE FIELD OF PILOTS: STARS FROM ICE-T TO CARUSO AND FILMS LIKE `FARGO' AND `THE PLAYER' EYE SMALL SCREEN
With the pre-upfront presentations to media buyers over and pilots now being shot, the networks are shoring up their development lists for next season.
Below is a list of all drama and comedy pilots in development. The networks will unveil their final schedules starting this week.
Upfront presentations will be held today for NBC; May 13 for WB Network; May 14 for UPN; May 19 for ABC; May 20 for Fox; and May 22 for CBS.
Dramas: "The Guardian" (Universal/NBC Studios): A thief sets out to do good deeds.
"The People" (Paramount): Drama focusing on big-city prosecutors.
"Players" (Dick Wolf/
Studios): Action-adventure starring rapper Ice-T.
"Sleepwalkers" (Columbia/NBC Studios): Drama about a research team that enters people's dreams.
"The Underworld" (Warner Bros.): Kevin Pollack stars as an ex-con looking for redemption.
"The Van Helsing Chronicles" (Jim Henson/NBC Studios): Supernatural drama about a New York physics professor.
Comedy: "Bando Squatnik" (Castle Rock/Popular Arts): Animated series about an L.A. detective.
Untitled Jenny McCarthy Project (Paramount/MTV): Ms. McCarthy inherits a posh Hollywood Hills home.
Untitled Kirstie Alley Project (Bright/Kauffman/Crane, Warner Bros.): Ms. Alley is stuck in a loveless marriage.
"Lateline" (Paramount): Al Franken stars in a parody of late-night news.
"Maggie Bloom" (Act III/Paramount): A twentysomething African-American wants to sing.
"One Big Happy Family" (NBC Studios): Three generations live under one roof.
"Second Chances" (Twentieth/Three Sisters): Four thirty-something friends reunite.
"7:08" (DreamWorks): Five commuters share their lives.
"Tony Danza Show" (NBC Studios/Columbia TriStar): Mr. Danza is a divorced sportswriter father.
"Union Square" (NBC Studios): Comedy set in a diner.
"Welcome Home, Mr. Evans" (NBC Studios): Comedian Lee Evans as a Brit in New York.
"Working" (NBC Studios): Fred Savage is in a battle with corporate culture.
"You Send Me" (Warner Bros.): A look at love through the eyes of three couples.
Drama: "C-16" (Brillstein-Grey): Eric Roberts and D.B. Sweeney as agents in the FBI's elite major-case squad.
"Cracker" (Kushner-Locke/Granada): Based on the British series, with Robert Pastorelli as an LAPD psychologist.
"Dogs" (Disney/Avnet-Kerner): The antics of a group of softball-playing guys.
"The Doyles" (Warner Bros.): A politically incorrect dad tries to raise his four wild daughters.
"Hungry for Survival" (Warner Bros.): Sherilyn Fenn as an anthropologist in the future.
"LA Med" (Disney): Med school students try to save lives.
"Nothing Sacred" (Twentieth): Kevin Anderson as a priest confronting his own humanity.
"The Player" (New Line): Based on the film, with Patrick Dempsey as movie executive Griffin Mill.
"Push" (Columbia TriStar): College students chase dreams in a prestigious athletic program.
"Timecop" (Universal): T.W. King in a series based on the film.
"Total Security" (Steven Boch-co/Twentieth): James Remar and Jim Belushi are high-tech security experts in Los Angeles.
Comedy: "Comfort, Texas" (Brillstein-Grey): Brian Benben as an out-of-work actor who goes to Texas to sell a ranch he inherited.
"Dads" (Columbia TriStar): Divorced father tries to learn parenting tips.
"Dharma & Greg" (Twentieth): Jenna Elfman as a granola girl who marries into a yuppie family.
"Missing Links" (Greengrass): Bruce Campbell is a golf pro at the worst golf course in America.
"Modern Man" (Twentieth): From "Mad About You's" Danny Jacobson.
"The 900 Lives of Jackie Frye" (Universal): James LeGros works at a greeting card factory.
"Over the Top" (Columbia TriStar): Tim Curry moves into his ex-wife's country inn.
"Speed of Life" (Disney): A father worries kids are growing up too quickly.
"Teen Angel" (Touchstone): A teenage boy's dead best friend comes back as a guardian angel.
Untitled Burns Bros. Project (Twentieth): Modern-day "Honeymooners" from Ed & Brian Burns.
Untitled Chris Elliot Project (Touchstone): Chris Elliot as New Yorker who moves to suburbia.
Untitled Ganz and Mandel Project (Imagine/Disney): Two sitcom writing partners try to raise their families. From Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
Untitled Paul Sorvino Project
(Touchstone): Paul Sorvino as widowed father of three girls.
Drama: "Anne Rice's Rag and Bone" (James Parriot/Columbia TriStar): A New Orleans cop who's a former priest.
"Brooklyn South" (Steven Bochco/Twentieth): Ensemble cop drama from Steven Bochco, David Milch and William Finkelstein.
"Dellaventura" (Rysher): Danny Aiello as NYPD cop turned P.I.
"Fargo" (Working Title/ITC): Based on the movie; focuses on main character Marge Gunderson.
"Ghost of a Chance" (Paul Haggis/Rysher): A young man's fiancee dies but reappears as a ghost.
"Hawaii Five-O" (CBS Prods.): From Stephen J. Cannell, revival of the classic series.
"Homestead" (Columbia TriStar/
CBS Prods.): Ann-Margret is a widow who runs a ranch.
"The Magnificent Seven" (MGM/Trilogy): Based on the film.
"Nathan Dixon" (Rysher): Insurance investigator tracks down scams.
"The Travel Agency" (Warner Bros.): Customers are given a chance to time travel.
Untitled David Caruso Drama (Columbia TriStar/New Regency): David Caruso as a cop turned federal prosecutor.
Comedy: "The Billy Club" (CBS Prods.): Randy Quaid as a cop who hangs out at a local bar.
"Ed" (Worldwide Pants/CBS Prods.): Ed's life falls apart, and he starts over from scratch. From Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman.
"George and Leo" (Paramount): The mismatched fathers of two newlyweds move in together.
"Heaven Will Wait" (Warner Bros.): Olympia Dukakis and Richard Mulligan as retirement-village neighbors.
"Meego" (Miller-Boyett-Warner/ Warner Bros.): Bronson Pinchot as an alien who becomes a nanny.
"Queens" (MTM): Penelope Ann Miller as Manhattan socialite relocated to Queens.
"Selleck" (Bungalow 78/Paramount): Tom Selleck as a publisher, from Barry Kemp.
"Square One" (Columbia Tri-Star/CBS Prods.): Gregory Hines as widower/father back dating.
"Style and Substance" (Touchstone): Jean Smart is a Martha Stewart clone.
Drama: "413 Hope St." (Twentieth): Richard Roundtree stars as the head of an inner-city crisis center. From Damon Wayans.
"Ally McBeal" (David E. Kelley/Twentieth): Calista Flockhart as a lawyer working with her ex-boyfriend.
"Automatic Avenue" (Twentieth): Bill Campbell as an actor whose dream job is ruined by his crooked manager. From David Burke, also starring James Earl Jones.
"Blade Squad" (H. Beale Co./Twentieth): A new breed of in-line skate-powered cops in the year 2001. From Brandon Tartikoff and Peter Illiff.
"The Notorious" (Twentieth): Justin Louis as a mob family member gone legit. From Glen Morgan and James Wong.
"Roar" (Universal): Drama from Shaun Cassidy and Ron Koslow, set in the 4th Century.
"Soul Mates" (Columbia TriStar/C3): A couple realize they've interacted in past lives. From Charles Rosin and Roland Joffe.
"Steel Chariots" (Berk, Schwartz, Bonnan/Touchstone): From the creators of "Baywatch," a sexy look at the world of Nascar racing.
"The Visitor" (Centropolis/
Twentieth): John Corbett as an alien abductee who comes back to earth.
Comedy: "A.N.G.E.L." (Twentieth): Series centering on a virtual reality "cyberwoman."
"Ask Harriet" (Columbia Tri-Star): A brash male reporter tries out to become an advice columnist.
"Between Brothers" (Columbia TriStar): Kadeem Hardison, Tommy Davidson and two others as men trying to figure out "the rules."
"Birthmarks" (Touchstone): Joe Flanagan is a lawyer with a nutty family. From Larry Levin and Gavin Polone.
"Dilbert" (Twentieth): Live-action sitcom based on comic strip.
"Faster Baby, Kill" (Witt/
Thomas): Three young detectives take over an aging P.I. firm in a "Mod Squad" takeoff.
"Food & Company" (Big Ticket): Two brothers try to run a catering business.
"Goin' for Mine" (HBO Ind. Prod.): "Martin" spinoff starring Tichina Arnold. From Martin Law-rence, Barry Vigon and Tom Walla.
"Knight Life" (Columbia TriStar): From Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser, a peasant works toward knighthood.
"Manhattan Man" (Axelrod-Widdoes/Twentieth): Ben Bode as a reluctant superhero. From Jamie Widdoes and Jonathan Axelrod.
"Metropolitan Hospital" (Northern Lights/Universal): Robert Guillaume plays a doctor; from Ivan Reitman and Brian Levant.
"MV24" (Brillstein-Grey): Life at a hip music video channel. Starring Paget Brewster and Peter Scolari.
"Rewind" (Warner Bros.): Told through flashbacks, the main character discovers that history keeps repeating itself.
"Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza" Place (Twentieth): Three grad students in their early 20s. From "Mad About You's" Danny Jacobson.
Untitled Damon Wayans Project (Twentieth): Damon Wayans stars as a character who wants a part of his wife's stage success.
Untitled "Swingers" Project (Touchstone): Picks up where the movie left off.
Drama: "Seattle Emergency" (Twentieth): Chronicles the 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift on Seattle's streets.
"Dawson's Creek" (Columbia TriStar): Coming-of-age drama from Kevin Williamson.
"Almost Gone" (Warner Bros.): A doctor can see and talk to ghosts.
"Three" (Paramount/MTV): Three criminals are recruited to solve government problems.
Comedy: "Girls Across the Lake" (Miller-Boyett-Warren/Warner Bros.): Cindy Williams is prep-school housemother.
Untitled Loretta Divine and Da Brat Project (Warner Bros./dePasse): Loretta Divine and rap star Da Brat are mother and daughter.
Untitled Shelley Long Project (Columbia TriStar): Ms. Long gets married on a whim and discovers her new husband has four boys.
Untitled Tom Arnold Project (Universal): Mr. Arnold is a TV producer who bottoms out.
Untitled Carol Leifer Project (Brillstein-Grey): Ms. Leifer opens an optometry shop in Miami's South Beach.
Untitled Adele Givens Project (HBO Ind. Prods.): Sassy woman tries to juggle new job in the white collar world.
"Us & Them" (Castle Rock): Cynthia Geary is half of a newlywed couple dealing with polar opposite parents.
"Housebroken" (Universal): Newlywed Sean Astin must move in with his brothers.
Comedy: "Bouncers" (Viacom Prods.): Show about three bouncers, from Tony Sheehan.
"Good News" (MTM): Ed. Weinberger created this sitcom about a young pastor in a South Central L.A. church.
"Head Over Heels" (Columbia TriStar): Two brothers inherit their mom's dating service.
"Hits" (Paramount/MTV): Two best friends working at a record label, desperate to sign new talent.
"Livin' in the U.S.A." (TBA): Ensemble comedy exploring the ethnic relationships in New York's small family-owned businesses.
"Macio" (TBA): Multiethnic show about the wild single life of a car rental agent.
"Totally Cool" (TBA): Stand-up Andrea Abbate stars as a widow and mother.
"Veronica's Video" (Big Ticket): From Jay Tarses, about a strip-mall video shop owner with a slacker son.
"Whitey" (TBA): Robert Clohessy plays Whitey, who's been downsized. From Al Ruddy.
Mr. Schneider is a reporter for Electronic Media.