ABC greenlit four pilots Tuesday, including one following Pan Am pilots in the '60s and another re-imagining writer Edgar Allen Poe as a detective.
Pan Am is described as a prime time soap chronicling the adventures of stewardesses and pilots during the Jet Age of the late '50s and early '60s. Jack Orman (ER) wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Nancy Hult Ganis and Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing). Schlamme will direct the pilot.
Following the critical and commercial success of AMC's '60s-set drama Mad Men, Pan Am is the second pilot of the season set in that time period. NBC recently ordered a drama pilot based on the Playboy clubs of the '60s.
The crime procedural Poe follows Edgar Allan Poe as the world's first detective. He employs unorthodox methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston. The project will tell how some of Poe's famous stories came to be, but only some episodes will be about a specific Poe story. Chris Hollier (Alias) wrote the pilot and will produce along with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes).
The network also picked up two half-hour, multi-camera comedies.
Lost and Found, from producer Marisa Coughlan (Boston Legal) centers on a self-absorbed New York City bartender and party girl whose life is shaken up when the conservative 18-year-old son she gave up for adoption re-enters her life.
Work It is a sort-of modern update of the '80s hit Bosom Buddies. Two unemployed car salesmen decide that in order to succeed, they must dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps. Their cross-dressing ways end up making them better men, husbands and fathers, and also help them appreciate their masculinity more than ever before. Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen (Friends) wrote the project and will executive produce.
This is the writing duo's second pilot at ABC. The other is Smothered, a comedy about a young couple constantly dealing with their parents.