'Prime Suspect' revived at NBC; Rob Schneider heads to CBS

rob-schneider-gi-320.jpgA slew of pilot news dropped at the end of the week. Here's the rundown:

NBC's on again-off again remake of "Prime Suspect" is back on again, having been ordered to pilot. "Desperate Housewives" and "NYPD Blue" veteran Alexandra Cunningham is writing and executive producing with Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights"), who will also direct. The project was shelved last season because of trouble casting the lead; we still think our earlier suggestions would work. [ EW]

Also at NBC, "Lone Star" creator Kyle Killen has received a green light for his drama pilot "REM," about a detective who finds himself living in two parallel worlds after an accident. The Peacock has also ordered three comedies: "Lovelies" from "Family Guy" writer Chris Sheridan, about two couples and their struggles; "Free Agents," an adaptation of a British rom-com show from "Party Down's" John Enbom; and an untitled show about a doctor who joins his family's practice from "Parks and Recreation" scribe Dan Goor. [ The Live Feed]

One more from NBC: "New Adventures of Old Christine" creator Kari Lizer is writing and exec producing an untitled show about a woman who helps people through career transitions. [ Deadline]

CBS has given the formal OK to a comedy starring Rob Schneider about a guy who marries into a large Mexican-American family; Schneider also co-wrote the pilot with fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Lew Morton. The network has also ordered "Home Grown" from "That '70s Show" veterans Jackie and Jeff Filgo. It's about a man who shares a house with his grown daughter and her 12-year-old son. [ Deadline]

On the casting front, Kyrsten Ritter ("Breaking Bad," "Gilmore Girls") has landed the title girl in ABC's comedy "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23." She'll play a New York party girl who runs roughshod over her new roommate ("The Good Wife's" Dreama Walker). [ EW]

Naturi Naughton ("Fame") is joining Amber Heard in NBC's drama "Playboy." Like Heard, Naughton will play a Bunny who works in a Playboy Club in the 1960s. [ Variety]

Three pilots have landed directors. James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "Men in Trees") will helm "Rookies," the Robert De Niro-produced cop show at CBS; "Mad Men's" Lesli Linka Glatter will direct the drama "Grace" at ABC; and Adam Bernstein ("30 Rock," "Bored to Death") will direct Rob Thomas' comedy "Little in Common" for FOX. [ Deadline]
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