Network execs on the hunt for the next big hits

By Gail Pennington

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22 2012 6:00 p.m. MST

"County" (NBC) — Jason Ritter, Aimee Garcia and Michael B. Jordan work at a Los Angeles County hospital in a drama from Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights").

"Applebaum" (CBS) — A stay-at-home mom becomes a private eye in a drama based on Ayelet Waldman's "Mommy Track Mysteries" series. Director Chris Columbus is an executive producer, as is Waldman.

"The Smart One" (ABC) — Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the comedy stars Portia de Rossi as a woman who reluctantly goes to work for her beauty queen sister, the mayor of a big city.

"Gilded Lilys" (ABC) — A period drama from Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy") is set in 1895 New York, as the city's first luxury hotel opens. Blythe Danner stars.

"Arrow" (CW) — A comic-based drama from Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim tells the Green Arrow story.

"Elementary" (CBS) — In a Sherlock Holmes update, the detective solves cases in New York City.

Sarah Silverman project (NBC) — In a comedy inspired by Silverman's life, a woman readjusts to life after a long relationship. Belleville native Ken Kwapis ("Outsourced") is an executive producer, along with Silverman, who stars.

"Scruples" (ABC) — A soap set in the 1970s adapts the Judith Krantz novel; her son is an executive producer along with Natalie Portman (who apparently won't star).

"Save Me" (NBC) — After a serious car accident, Anne Heche starts talking to God. Alexandra Breckenridge (the sexy, spooky maid on "American Horror Story") also stars.

Untitled Jimmy Fallon project (NBC) — Three new dads tackle parenthood even though they're still big kids themselves. Fallon is an executive producer but won't star.

"The Frontier" (NBC) — Pioneers head west from Missouri in the 1840s in a drama with Ethan Embry. Shaun Cassidy and Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing") are executive producers.

Pilots for supernatural thrillers include "666 Park Ave" (ABC), in which a young couple manages a New York apartment building plagued by supernatural happenings; "Isabel" (NBC), about middle-class parents (Marcia Gay Harden and Kevin Nealon) whose daughter has magical abilities; and "Gotham" (ABC), in which a New York policewoman discovers an unseen world within the city.

In "Beautiful People" (NBC), set in the near future, mechanical servants begin to rebel. "Revolution" (NBC), from Eric Kripke ("Supernatural"), follows survivors' struggle to exist in a world with no sources of energy.

"Do No Harm" (NBC) is about a neurosurgeon with a "Mr. Hyde" alter-ego. And in "The Selection" (CW), Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain adapt the Kiera Cass young-adult novel (not due out until April) set 300 years in the future, as a young woman is chosen by lottery to compete to become a queen.

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