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Fox, ABC Stock Up on Pilots

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 25th 2010 10:15AM
It's a good thing Michael, Lincoln and T-Bag got out while they had the chance, because after years of celebrating criminal escapees on 'Prison Break,' Fox is about to back a different horse: the correctional system.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has given the greenlight to 'Breakout Kings,' which is described as "a closed-ended procedural about a team of marshals and ex-cons who work together to apprehend criminals who break out of prison." If you'll pardon the pun, the pilot, which is being produced by 'Prison Break' execs Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora and directed by 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine''s Gavin Hood (pictured), would seem to be the perfect vehicle to bring back some of that show's breakout characters; no word yet, though, on whether Wenthworth Miller or Dominic Purcell will be on hand to reprise their roles on the side of the law.It's a good thing Michael, Lincoln and T-Bag got out while they had the chance, because after years of celebrating criminal escapees on 'Prison Break,' Fox is about to back a different horse: the correctional system.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has given the greenlight to 'Breakout Kings,' which is described as "a closed-ended procedural about a team of marshals and ex-cons who work together to apprehend criminals who break out of prison." If you'll pardon the pun, the pilot, which is being produced by 'Prison Break' execs Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora and directed by 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine''s Gavin Hood (pictured), would seem to be the perfect vehicle to bring back some of that show's breakout characters; no word yet, though, on whether Wenthworth Miller or Dominic Purcell will be on hand to reprise their roles on the side of the law.

'Breakout Kings' is just one of three shows given the go ahead by Fox during a busy weekend of activity. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, also joining the slate of hopefuls for the network are the comedies 'Traffic Light' and 'Most Likely To Succeed,' both of which, along with 'Kings,' are being produced by sister company 20th Century Fox.

'Traffic Light,' which is based on an Israeli hit of the same name, follows the adventures of three men struggling with relationship issues, proving that some formulas are universal. Meanwhile, 'Most Likely To Succeed' revolves around a group of former child stars who have since grown up into "where are they now" adults. Whether or not any of these fictional celebrities will make their living appearing on reality shows like their real life counterparts remains to be determined.

And ABC also got into the pilot game, picking up the obscurely titled actioner 'Edgar Floats,' which "centers on a police psychologist who becomes a bounty hunter." The series is the latest effort from Rand Ravich, who previously created the sadly departed critical favorite 'Life.' We don't know yet what kinds of bounties Edgar will be hunting, but if he's looking for work, we have a suggestion: call Fox.

Because we hear they have some escaped prisoners they need rounded up.

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