ABC picked up five half-hour comedy pilots - The Call, Sam I Am, Carpoolers, Family of the Year and The Middle.
The Call, from 20th Century Fox TV and Real Time Productions, is a single-camera comedy about a team of gifted yet unconventional Los Angeles paramedics who save people's lives while screwing up one another's - all in real time. Dave Hemingson wrote the script and is executive producing the pilot with Real Time's Joel Surnow, Bob Cochran and Howard Gordon.
Sam I Am, from Touchstone TV and Brillstein Grey Entertainment, is a single-camera comedy about a woman who wakes up from a coma with amnesia and has to rediscover her life, her relationships and herself, notes The Hollywood Reporter. Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern and Don Todd created the story for the pilot, which was written by Todd.
Carpoolers, from Touchstone TV, DreamWorks TV and 3 Arts Entertainment, revolves around a group of suburban guys who carpool to work together. Bruce McCulloch wrote the script and is executive producing with DreamWorks' Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and 3 Arts' David Miner.
Family of the Year, from 20th TV, centers on the Holloways, 10-time Tatum, N.M., Family of the Year winners, who are thrown for a loop when a local - and possibly more deserving family starts encroaching on their territory. Erica Rivinoja wrote the script and is executive producing with Pam Brady.
The Middle, from Warner Bros. TV, chronicles the lives of a middle class, Midwestern family through the eyes of the mother. Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline wrote the script and are executive producing.