That about sums up the 2007-2008 television season. First up, the pilots that were picked up include a dizzying array of Brit shows that have been copied — and no doubt, bastardized — for an American audience.
Football Wives (ABC TV Studio)
Exec Producers: Chris Brancato, Bert Salke, Bryan Singer, Marco Pennette (writer)
Cast: Gabrielle Union, Brian White, Lucy Lawless, James Van Der Beek, Kiele Sanchez, Ving Rhames, Eddie Cibrian, Arielle Kebbel, Holly Robinson Peete
Logline: U.S. version of the popular British series that will focus on wives of professional football players.
Life on Mars (20th Century Fox TV)
Exec Producers: David E. Kelley, Stephen Garrett, Jane Featherstone
Director: Dwight Little
Cast: Rachelle Lefevre
Logline: Detective whose girlfriend has just been kidnapped finds himself transported back to the 1970s. Based on the BBC series.
The Thick of It (Sony Pictures TV)
Exec producers: Mitchell Hurwitz and Richard Day (writers), Paul Telegdy, Armando Iannucci
Cast: Christopher Guest, Rhea Deehorn, Oliver Platt, Michael McKean, John Michael Higgins, Alex Borstein, Wayne Wilderson
Logline: Office workers for a low-level congressman, based on a BBC format.
Untitled Simon Fuller (19 Entertainment)
Exec producers: Simon Fuller; Mal Young (creators)
Logline: Half-hour sudser that revolves around a blue-collar family; adapted from a British format.
The Minister of Divine (20th Century Fox TV)
Exec Producers: Suzanne Martin (writer); Richard Curtis; Andrew Zein; Mark Chapman
Director: Pam Fryman
Cast: Kirstie Alley
Logline: A woman known for her rebellious younger days returns to the small town she grew up in to be a minister at the town church. Based on the BBC show “Vicar of Dibley.”
The IT Crowd (NBC U TV)
Exec producers: Joe Wiseman & Joe Port (writers); Moses Port & David Guarascio (writers); Steve Tao; Graham Linehan (writer)
Director: Gail Mancuso
Cast: Joel McHale; Jessica St. Clair; Richard Ayoade; Rocky Carroll
Logline: The IT staff in a company. Adapted from British format.
Kath and Kim (NBC U TV)
Exec producers: Nancy Pimental (writer); Gina Riley; Jane Turner; Rick McKenna; Ben Silverman
Logline: The adventures of love and denial as only a mother and daughter could live it. Adapted from Australian format.
And this year’s “minority” to saturate our screens — like the “Will and Grace” gay era — wheelchair users.
I’m With Stupid (NBC U TV) [NBC]
Exec producers:Wil Calhoun (writer); Ben Silverman; Teri Weinberg; Kenton Allen; Paul Telegdy
Director: Linwood Boomer
Cast: Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, Christopher Thornton, Kevin Daniels, Lusia Strus, Brianne Davis
Logline: An unlucky guy meets a man who uses a wheelchair…and moves into his group home.
Playing Chicken (Warner Bros. TV) [Fox]
Exec Producers: Sean Anders & John Morris (writers); Tom Werner; Eric Gold; Jimmy Miller; John Pasquin
Director: John Pasquin
Cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Marianne Muellerleile, Bill Burr, Jake Busey, Alanna Ubach
Logline: Two brothers who differ politically are forced to live together after one suffers an accident that leaves him wheelchair bound.