NBC wants to get deeper into the fairy-tale business. The network, which already airs “Grimm,” has ordered a pilot called “Wonderland” that’s a contemporary update of “Alice in Wonderland.”
“CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker (inset, above) is among the executive producers of the pilot, written by Whit Anderson. The story follows Clara, whose life has been a wreck for the past seven years. A stranger tells her that the solution to her problems lies in Wonderland, where she’ll have to take on the land’s queen — whom we all know as Alice.
Other pilot-season news:
– “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Jeff Garlin has signed on to ABC’s “How the Hell Am I Normal,” a family comedy set in the 1980s. Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey play hot-tempered but loving parents to three kids. Former “X Factor” contestant Hayley Orrantia has also joined the pilot, will play one of their kids. [Deadline]
– Another ABC comedy, “Spy,” has signed Rob Corddry (“The Daily Show,” “Childrens Hospital”) as its lead. He’ll play a father who inadvertently ends up working for a clandestine agency in order to impress his son.
– “Daily Show” and comedy veteran Larry Wilmore has joined the cast of NBC’s “Joe, Joe and Jane,” about the relationship between a guy, his wife and his best friend. Wilmore will play Jane’s (Sally Pressman) stepfather, a therapist. [Hollywood Reporter]
– NBC has given a pilot order to “Hatfields & McCoys” — which is not a series version of History Channel’s hugely rated miniseries. Instead, it’s a contemporary story, set in Pittsburgh, about the resumption of the feud between the two families. Charlize Theron is an executive producer, and John Glenn (“Eagle Eye”) is writing it.
– CBS has greenlit a pilot called “The Surgeon General” from “Lie to Me” creator Sam Baum. The show will follow, you guessed it, the surgeon general of the United States and the politics and pressures that come with the office.