"After five years as the No. 1 cable network, our development goal must be not only to do great new shows with original voices, but also to push the envelope of audience expectations," Jeff Wachtel, co-president said in a statement. Co-president Chris McCumber added, "Developed strategically through our brand lens, this diverse roster represents the network's introduction of more provocative, innovative original programming than ever before."
DioGuardi will serve as consulting producer on Big In Japan, a half-hour comedy about a members of a boy band who reunite 20 years after their last concert ended in disaster. Howard Morris (The Starter Wife) will write and produce, and Royal Pains' Jeff Kwatinetz, Rich Frank and Paul Frank will executive produce.
Lane will star in and executive produce On We Go, a comedy that follows an unlucky actor whose career has been cursed by the fact that he looks like (but is not, in fact) the well-known star of The Birdcage.
Other projects announced include:
The Special: This one-hour drama from Grey's Anatomy producer Mark Gordon centers on an energetic homicide detective who suffers from hypomania — extreme optimism.
Silent Partner: This one-hour drama from Covert Affairs executive producers Doug Liman and Dave Bartis that revolves around an ambulance-chasing attorney and his idealistic young paralegal. Stemming from the recent trend of legal outsourcing, the twist is that he's in Florida, and she's in India.
We the Jury: The half-hour comedy follows a group of jurors sequestered during a high-profile celebrity murder trial.
TGIM: From The Office's Brent Forrester, the project takes a look at a suburban cul-de-sac over a weekend, where parents' lives are ruled by their children's schedules and the idea of going back to work on Monday sounds better each passing minute.
The Enclave: This limited series from Mad Men writers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton follows a family who is forced to move far from their hometown where nothing is what it seems.
The Exceptions: The one-hour drama centers on the recently jailed but released debutante daughter of the Mayor of New York City who uses her resources to solve cases that have slipped through the cracks.
Hard Cover: Executive produced by Laurie Zaks (Castle), the project follows a middle-aged mom working undercover with a rogue FBI agent.
Winslow: This project from Covert Affairs' Zak Schwartz, Doug Liman, Dave Bartis and Gene Klein, is about a private detective named Jimmy Winslow who's a recovering alcoholic with a load of debts, a father in prison and an ex-girlfriend he's trying to win back.
House of Cards: This half-hour comedy revolves around a recent college graduate looking for love and a successful writing career at a greeting card company.
Regular Einstein: Written and executive produced by Burn Notice's Nick Thiel, this one-hour drama centers on Einstein Duncan, a man who comes from a family of geniuses but is not one himself. But with the help of his super-smart siblings, the average cop may become an excellent detective.
Which shows sound most appealing to you?