HBO has given pilot orders to Suburban Shootout, written by Michelle Ashford and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and to Darren Star's Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl.

Based on the critically praised British series, Suburban Shootout is a dark comedy about a woman who escapes the city for suburban bliss only to find herself caught between two rival gangs of homicidal housewives as they vie for control of their idyllic town, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ashford penned the adaptation and is executive producing with Sonnenfeld as well as Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke, who executive produced the original series.

Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl, from Darren Star Prods. and Sony Pictures TV, is an ensemble show that takes a look at how power, sex and money collide through the eyes of a group of Manhattan's highest-paid escorts.

It marks the first HBO pilot in a long time that is being produced by an outside studio.

Diary, based on call girl-turned-writer Tracy Quan's memoir, had been in development at HBO for a while. It originally was set up at the pay cable network when it was run by Chris Albrecht, who, following his May exit from HBO, joined IMG and sold British comedy "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" to Showtime in December.

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