Notes from the development front as the 2009-10 pilot season starts to get into swing.
– NBC has added a drama — “Nola Rising,” a private-eye show with a supernatural element — and a family comedy called “Ordinary People” to its list of possible projects for next season.
“Nola Rising” centers around a private detective in New Orleans who works cases with the help of an ex-convict. The catch, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is that the ex-con is “capable of being inhabited by ghosts” who help provide him with clues. “Medium” and “Crossing Jordan” veteran Diane Ademu-John is writing the pilot, former NBC exec Teri Weinberg is executive producing. Ademu-John and Alex Hertzberg will be co-exec producers.
“Ordinary People” is thankfully not an attempt to turn the Oscar-winning 1980 film into a sitcom. Instead it’s about a career-oriented African-American couple and their kids. The comedy will come from the father’s transition from a globe-trotting magazine reporter to a columnist who works from home. Kenya Barris (“The Game,” “America’s Next Top Model”) and Scott Stuber (“Love Happens,” “The Wolfman”) are exec producing.
– TV Land is expanding into original scripted programming, giving pilot orders to two sitcom pilots.
Both shows are aimed at the younger end of the channel’s Baby Boomer demographic; TV Land hopes to create shows that speak to “the attitudes, life stage and interests of people in their 40s.”
“Hot in Cleveland,” from writer Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Hot Properties”), is about three “fabulous, eccentric” women from Los Angeles whose plane makes an unscheduled stop in Cleveland and alters the course of their lives.
The other show is called “Retired at 35” and revolves around a businessman who quits his job and, in an effort to reconnect with his parents, moves into their Florida retirement community. Chris Case (“Reba,” “Spin City”) created the show.
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