[08/17/07 - 06:21 PM] Development Update: Week of August 13-17 Updates include: Fates come down on three HBO originals and Sci Fi's "Painkiller Jane," Lifetime shuffles its Sunday lineup and NBC preps a syndicated version of "Deal or No Deal."
[08/10/07 - 06:04 PM] Development Update: Week of August 6-10 Updates include: USA gives "Notice" a second season, FOX gives hefty put pilot commitments to two newcomers and HBO sinks its teeth into a "True Blood" series order.
[08/03/07 - 05:50 PM] Development Update: Week of July 30-August 3 Updates include: Sci Fi, E! call it quits on "The Dresden Files," "The Simple Life," TNT moves forward with two pilots and ABC Family extends "Greek" another 10 episodes.
[07/27/07 - 07:06 PM] Development Update: Week of July 23-27 Updates include: Rob Thomas and David Greenwalt exit their respective showrunning gigs, HBO gives "Big Love" a third season and Brooke Langton to take over for Melissa Sagemiller on NBC's "Life."
[07/20/07 - 07:42 PM] Development Update: Week of July 16-20 Updates include: Mandy Patinkin officially exits "Criminal Minds," "Dancing With the Stars" judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba land their own show plus Snoop Dogg to get the celeb-reality treatment at E!
[05/25/07 - 07:19 PM] Development Update: Week of May 21-25 Updates include: ABC names showrunners of "Carpoolers," "Women's Murder Club" and "Cashmere Mafia," Comedy Central to redevelop "Gay Robot" and Charles McDougall signs on to helm NBC's "The Watch."
[01/10/07 - 12:22 AM] Development Update: Wednesday, January 10 Updates include: Six pilots get the thumbs up from NBC while HBO eyes Kanye West and Ruben Santiago-Hudson projects (plus the weekly cable ratings round-up).
STATUS: previously in development (2007-2008 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: cast options expired
DESCRIPTION: (from NBC's press release) In the drama pilot "Backyards & Bullets" (working title), the bucolic suburb of Ridgeview, Wisconsin seems like the perfect place to live: pristinely manicured lawns, friendly hellos and a community that looks out for its own. But big-city crime is spilling into the bedroom town, forcing Ridgeview's Neighborhood Watch group to take matters into their own hands. In this light look at a new form of suburban justice, Lonnie -- the new Chief Detective -- finds himself in a world where blackmail and murder walk hand-in-hand with recycling, barbeques and soccer games. Ed Decter & John Strauss (both for "There's Something About Mary," "The Santa Clause") are the writers and executive producers; Jamie Tarses, Charles McDougall ("The Tudors") and Gavin Polone also are executive producers. Emmy Award winner McDougall ("Desperate Housewives") is the director of the pilot, which is produced by Sony Television and Pariah.