'Happy Endings' and 'Don't Trust the B' creators score pilots at NBC and ABC

casey-wilson-marry-me-pilot-gi.jpgNews and notes spanning the TV globe:

- Former "Happy Endings" star Casey Wilson has signed on to star in "Marry Me," a comedy pilot from the former show's creator -- and Wilson's real-life fiance -- David Caspe. The show centers on a newly engaged couple who start to feel the weight of the commitment they just made. Wilson, incidentally, is writing another comedy pilot for NBC with June Diane Raphael.

- "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" creator Nanatchka Khan has landed a new pilot at ABC. "Fresh Off the Boat," based on a memoir by Eddie Huang, follows a Taiwanese-American family that immigrates to 1990s Orlando and the culture clash that follows.

- FX has set the series premiere for "Saint George," a multi-camera comedy starring George Lopez, Jenn Lyon, David Zayas and Danny Trejo. The sitcom will follow George, a working-class Mexican-American who has become a successful entrepreneur, as he deals with cultural differences and a job teaching history in a multi-cultural, Los Angeles classroom. "Saint George" premieres Thursday, March 6 at 9 p.m. ET.

- "Black Sails" is off to a solid start in the ratings for Starz. The show's premiere episode drew 850,000 viewers -- a decent but not record-setting number for the channel -- but it continued to draw viewers with repeat airings over the weekend. Coupled with on-demand and online viewing, Starz estimates 3.5 million people watched the premiere.

- First serial killers, now stalkers. "The Following" creator Kevin Williamson has scored a pilot order from CBS for a drama about a pair of LAPD detectives who handle stalking cases.

- "Hannibal" is coming to Amazon Prime. Season 1 of NBC's gory thriller has been added to Amazon's streaming library one month before the Feb. 28 Season 2 premiere. Subscribers to Amazon Prime will be able to stream the series at no additional cost, while non-subscribers can fork over $2.99 per episode or $20.99 for the entire 13-episode season. Not a subscriber and don't feel like paying money, but still want to catch up? You're in luck. NBC's released an extended recap of Season 1, which you can watch below.


- AMC's Revolutionary War drama "Turn" has added Stephen Root ("Boardwalk Empire," "NewsRadio") to its cast. He'll play Nathaniel Sackett, who helps set up a spy ring to aid the Patriots' cause. [ Variety]

- TV Land has picked up "Jennifer Falls," a comedy series starring Jaime Pressly. Originally conceived as a multi-camera show, it will go forward as a single-camera series, with Pressly playing a woman who has to move back in with her mom ("Arrested Development's" Jessica Walter) after losing her high-profile job.

- Also at TV Land: Chevy Chase will guest-star in an upcoming episode of "Hot in Cleveland," playing a man who goes on a date with Melanie ( Valerie Bertinelli) and reveals a deep, dark secret to her. The guest spot is Chase's first TV role since his departure from "Community." [ Hollywood Reporter]

- The 2014 Primetime Emmys will air on NBC on Monday, Aug. 25. NBC airs the awards earlier than usual so as not to conflict with its "Sunday Night Football" contract; the Monday date this year means it won't have to compete directly with the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24.
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