Yes, we're slowly getting into the upfronts business. Thinks are still cooking slowly, but expect more and more news to drop in, until the show really starts going in the middle of next week (which is when my life will switch to "American timezone" for eight days).
Per Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, ABC has given the Marc Cherry pilot "Devious Maids" the green light to start making staffing offers. It's not a guarantee for a pickup, but surely a strong sign.
"Maids" centers on four maids (Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes) who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, but have their own dreams and ambitions.
Meanwhile, earlier today, Andreeva reported that two other NBC pilots, "Save Me" and "The New Normal" are joining already picked-up Matthew Perry project "Go On" and the second season of "Grimm" in the race for a potential launch in August.
"The New Normal" is described as "a heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple, Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), and a cash-strapped waitress and mother of one Goldie (Georgia King), who becomes a surrogate to help them have a child. Co-starring in the project is Ellen Barkin as Goldie’s glamorous/bigoted grandmother."
"Save Me" stars Anne Heche as Beth Harper, a woman who, after an accident, starts channeling God.