[05/13/07 - 08:52 PM]
Pilot Trio Lands Pick-Up; NBC Universal Inks Wolf, Smilovic
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- FOX's "Canterbury's Law," ABC's "Miss/Guided" and NBC's "The IT Crowd" all landed series orders over the weekend as the broadcast networks closed in on the start of upfront week.

Julianna Margulies toplines "Law," a legal drama about "a rebellious female defense attorney who's willing to bend the law in order to protect the wrongfully accused."

"Miss/Guided" is a single-camera half-hour about a former ugly duckling (Judy Greer) who becomes a guidance counselor at her old high school.

And finally, Joel McHale and Richard Ayoade star in "The IT Crowd," a workplace comedy based on the U.K. series of the same name.

"Law's" and "Miss/Guided's" orders are believed to be for 13 episodes while "Crowd" has received a six-episode commitment.

Meanwhile, NBC Universal Television has reupped its overall deal with "Law & Order" franchise creator Dick Wolf while "The Bionic Woman" executive producer Jason Smilovic has inked a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal with the studio.

Said news means that Wolf and his Wolf Films banner will continue to be based at NBC Universal for another four years.

As for Smilovic, the pact will cover his duties on the freshman drama as well as any future projects. Smilovic was a late addition to the project, signing on just prior to the pilot's production.

He'll serve alongside fellow executive producers David Eick, Laeta Kalogridis and Bruno Heller.

  [may 2007]  


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