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Pilot Update: ABC Picks Up 3 Women Created Pilots, CBS Picks Up 1

Women and Hollywood By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood May 13, 2013 at 2:27PM

As the upfronts continue, the television news keeps coming out. ABC has picked up 3 women created pilots, including Super Fun Night from the hilarious Rebel Wilson and Trophy Wife from Emily Halpern and the very funny Sarah Haskins. CBS has picked up the gloriously soapy sounding Reckless from Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
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Super Fun Night
Super Fun Night

As the upfronts continue, the television news keeps coming out. ABC has picked up 3 women created pilots, including Super Fun Night from the hilarious Rebel Wilson and Trophy Wife from Emily Halpern and the very funny Sarah Haskins. CBS has picked up the gloriously soapy sounding Reckless from Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. 

While we're glad about the pick up of these shows, that still totals only 8 women-created pilots that were picked up thus far between all the networks. And that's a really low number.

Below you'll find descriptions of the shows picked up at ABC and CBS. (All descriptions courtesy of Deadline)

ABC

"SUPER FUN NIGHT"

Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call "Friday Night Fun Night": "Always together! Always Inside!" However, Kimmie's recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition. Not only is she now working with her idol, "Lady Lawyer of the Year" Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman), but she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club. Determined to spend time with Richard and heed Felicity's advice to network, Kimmie sets out to convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road. "Super Fun Night" stars Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect," "Bridesmaids") as Kimmie, Lauren Ash ("Lars and the Real Girl") as Marika, Liza Lapira ("Don't Trust the B--in Apt. 23") as Helen-Alice, Kelen Coleman ("The Newsroom") as Felicity, Kevin Bishop ("Star Stories") as Richard. "Super Fun Night" was written and executive produced by Rebel Wilson. Executive producers are Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger, and director John Riggi ("30 Rock"). "Super Fun Night" is from Conan O'Brien's production company, Conaco Prods and is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

"KILLER WOMEN"

Of all the notorious lawmen who ever patrolled the violent Texas frontier, none are more storied than the Texas Rangers. Being the only female ranger in this elite squad isn't going to stop ballsy, badass Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer). Molly is committed to finding the truth and seeing justice served. While she's surrounded by law enforcement colleagues who want to see her fail, including Police Lieutenant Estaban Salazar (Vic Trevino), the Rangers have her back, led by Company Commander Luis Zea (Alex Fernandez). Molly's also got her brother Billy (Michael Trucco) and his wife Nessa (Marta Milans). On the verge of getting divorced from her smarmy husband Jake (Jeffrey Nordling), Molly begins an affair with sexy DEA agent, Dan Winston (Marc Blucas). "Killer Women" stars Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") as Molly Parker, Mark Blucas ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer") as Dan, Marta Milans ("Shame") as Nessa, Alex Fernandez ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen") as Luis, Michael Trucco ("Battlestar Galactica") as Billy."Killer Women" is written by Hannah Shakespeare, and executive produced by Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Martin Campbell, Ben Silverman, Luis Balaguer, Electus, Latin World Entertainment, and the pilot was directed by Larry Trilling. "Killer Women" is produced by ABC Studios.

"TROPHY WIFE"

They say the third time's the charm and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that's true when she becomes Pete's (Bradley Whitford) third wife. She fell into his arms (literally) at a karaoke bar and a year later, Kate's got an insta-family complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense, over-achieving doctor and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Gianna LePera) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate's barely tapped maternal instinct. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son, Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete's strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate who finds support with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales) a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has. "Trophy Wife" stars Malin Akerman ("Suburgatory") as Kate, Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") as Pete, Marcia Gay Harden ("Into the Wild," "Damages") as Diane, Michaela Watkins ("Saturday Night Live") as Jackie, Natalie Morales ("90210") as Meg, Ryan Scott Lee ("Super 8") as Warren, Albert Tsai ("How I Met Your Mother") as Bert, Gianna LePera ("Modern Family") as Hillary. "Trophy Wife" is written and executive produced by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky ("The Office"), produced by Malin Ackerman. The pilot was directed by Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect," "Avenue Q"), "Trophy Wife is from ABC Studios.

CBS

"RECKLESS"

Written by Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Reckless is a sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet, Anna Wood) struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. CBS TV Studios is producing, with Kim Moses, Ian Sander, Corey Miller and Hardwicke executive producing and Stevens co-exec producing.

UPDATE: ABC Picks Up 'Once Upon A Time' Spinoff, 'Mixology', 'The Returned', 'Killer Women', 'Lucky 7', 'Betrayal', 'Trophy Wife', Cullen Bros, 'Influence', 'The Goldbergs', 'Super Fun Night', 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' To Series (Deadline)

Drama 'Reckless' Gets Series Order At CBS (Deadline)


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