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Rob Thomas gets yet another pilot pickup

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 26th 2008 2:03PM
Rob ThomasIs that a throne Rob Thomas is sitting on? Seems like he's quickly becoming King of TV! The prolific scribe is quite literally sitting in the catbird seat. ABC has just greenlit another Rob Thomas pilot, that's his third -- but who's counting? It follows ABC's resurrection of Cupid and a Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff for the CW. The latest Rob Thomas opus is an import based on the New Zealand TV series Outrageous Fortune.

Outrageous Fortune is a one-hour dramedy is about a family of criminals. When the father is jailed for four years, the matriarch declares that it's time for the family to go straight. Thomas has written the pilot and will act as executive producer, along with John Barnett, Michael Larkin, Michael Goldstein, Bruce Cervi and John Lansing.

Nobody seems to feel that Rob is taking on too many projects at once. It can be done if you schedule things right. Remember when David E. Kelley was once was doing L.A. Law, Picket Fences and Doogie Howser, M.D. in the same time frame?

Also getting an ABC thumbs up is a sitcom from Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. The veteran writers (The Office, Just Shoot Me) will be creating and executive producing Five Year Plan, the story of a group of friends, including a pair of brothers, who are figuring out their futures, i.e. what are their five year plans? Last pilot season, Port and Wiseman put together The IT Crowd, but NBC didn't pick it up.

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everythingshiny

Too right about the CW kicking themselves. I'm excited for Rob's development of Outrageous Fortune - alongside Veronica Mars and Heroes this was the best show I watched last year - although the UK did a word-for-word remake of the show earlier this year and it was a pointless waste of time. The idea is a good one, and hopefully Rob will go somewhere a) interesting and b) different from the original version with it.

March 28 2008 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RazorD

And so he should.

Rob Thomas is a complete genius. I will watch anything he works on!

March 26 2008 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

The CW must really be kicking themselves for canning Veronica Mars.

March 26 2008 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Wow, I did not know that this was a different Rob Thomas. Learn something new every day!

March 26 2008 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
seamus

Maybe he should try creating a new show, rather than just recreating shows that have already been done.

March 26 2008 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Verbal

This new show sounds a lot like The Riches

March 26 2008 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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khamel

dont remind me of the it crowd. i was actually looking forward to this british remake (unlike all the other ones) and am still sad its not getting made.

March 26 2008 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RR

He should spend more time making new songs with Matchbox 20.

March 26 2008 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Shane W.

You're talking about a completely different Rob Thomas...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Thomas_(musician)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Thomas_(writer)

March 26 2008 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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