According to The Hollywood Reporter, pilot season '06 kicked in to high gear Wednesday as broadcast and cable networks handed out a slew of greenlighted orders for drama projects, many with high-profile creative talent attached.

ABC ordered Six Degrees, from executive producer J.J. Abrams; CBS gave the nod to Jericho, executive produced and to be directed by Jon Turteltaub, and to Orpheus, from executive producers Ridley and Tony Scott; Fox greenlighted Faceless, which Narc helmer Joe Carnahan is on board to direct and executive produce; and NBC gave a thumbs up to Heroes, from Crossing Jordan creator Tim Kring, and to Seeing Red, from writer-producer Graham Yost. USA Network, meanwhile, gave the formal production nod to the dramedy pilot Underfunded, which is eyed as a companion piece for Monk, after settling on stage actor Mather Zickel for the lead role, lifting the cast-contingency on the project.