June 30 is the date when pickup options for actors on TV pilots not yet ordered to series in May usually expire. That means that as of this point, based on pickups and pass-overs, we can take a look at how the chances of those pilots, and even the occasional canceled show, are in terms of continuation - which is what Deadline's Nellie Andreeva did.
- FOX' canceled Christian Slater drama "Breaking In" was canceled last May - but don't write it off just yet. FOX has extended the options on the show's actors until November 15, which means, "Breaking In" might come back in midseason after all.
- On the FOX pilot front, comedies "Little In Common" and "Family Album" are still in the run for midseason - probably in a two-hour, four-show Tuesday comedy block. Both shows are currently getting reworked.
"Little In Common" is about three diverse middle-class families who become involved with each other through their kids' Little League sports activities. Paula Marshall and Lombardo Boyar have departed, as their options were not picked up. One of the kids is gone as well. Alannah Ubach, who played Boyar's wife, will be single in the reworked version, while Marshalll's and the kid's characters will be recast.
"Family Album", about Dave Bronsky (Mike O’Malley) who, after a breakthrough experience during a family vacation, wows to “bond the crap out of his family”, will undergo some changes as well. O'Malley, Rachael Harris, who plays his wife, and Rob Huebel, who plays Dave's brother, have had their options picked up. Another pilot has been ordered.
- Another family comedy pilot, ABC's "Smothered", is now officially dead. It starred Marcia Gay Harden, Julie White, Adam Arkin and John C. McGinley.
- Better news for CBS' untitled Peter Knight workplace comedy pilot, The options on all the principal actors have been picked up. Another pilot, the untitled Rob Schneider sitcom, is alive as well. Another pilot has been ordered, as well as backup scripts.
- On the drama front, the FOX pilot "Exit Strategy" is now officially dead. Tweaking was considered, but didn't promise the desired results, so the producers decided to focus on new development.