CBS has picked up two new pilots, one is a comedy from John Hamburg and a drama from Gary Scott Thompson.
The Captain is a single-camera comedy about a young writer whose life changes when he moves into a legendary old Hollywood apartment building. Hamburg wrote the script and will direct and executive produce.
The drama, Protect and Serve, revolves around cops living in the Los Angeles suburbs who deal with the stress of police life on and off the job, adds The Hollywood Reporter. Mark Gibson and Phillip Halprin wrote the script.
In other TV news, Fox has greenlighted the sci-fi drama, Them from Circle of Confusion Productions with Jonathan Mostow directing; it's based on the graphic novel. It's about extraterrestrials infiltrating the human race and dispatched on a mission to retrieve a rogue operative from his 'sleeper cell.'
NBC has ordered pilots on two comedies, one from writer/producers David Israel & Jim O'Doherty and one from Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein.
The untitled Israel-O'Doherty project is a workplace comedy about the eccentric staff at a popular wildlife park; Conan O'Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger are co-producing. Oakley/Weinstein's Business Class chronicles the absurd adventures of two traveling soda salesmen.
Finally, The CW has picked up the dramedy, The World According to Barnes; it's a one-hour pilot from Tom Wheeler. In the vein of Animal House and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, it revolves around two geeky Princeton University students who use their inventive skills to help solve crimes.