Rob Thomas gets yet another pilot pickup
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.