New TV shows in development include crime drama at Fox and sitcoms at CBS


The networks all seem to be thinking about new shows this week as we enter development season with several new ideas in their early stages for possible series commissions.

First cab off the rank is crime drama Watchdog from Fox that is written by playwright Jon Caren and focusing on a vigilante group who are trying to keep one step ahead of the FBI.

Fox are also working on an as yet untitled sitcom written by Brian Rubenstein and focusing on Jessica Roberts, a mother who gets her dream job as a women’s basketball coach. The story is seen through the eyes of her teenage son.

Again at Fox Summer People is a drama from Twisted creator Adam Milch, it’s set amongst the elite and not so elite of a fictional version of Martha’s Vineyard.

Johnny Galecki’s production company Alcide Bava Productions has a sitcom in development with CBS and also has a half hour comedy in development based on the A.J. Jacobs book The Year of Living Biblically.

Also at CBS is fish out of water sitcom Hot Sauce from Nick Weiss and Gary Lundy and a Ryan Seacrest comedy called Squad Goals.

Affirmative Action is a comedy drama in development at Fox. Written by Kevin Costello it focuses on an all minority task force working out of the Houston Police Department.

CBS also have a pair of dramas – one a thriller called Stay and based on the book by Victor Gischler as well as an untitled Medical Drama from David Rambo and set in Brooklyn’s busiest hospital.

More on these as they progress.