CBS Sets Three Female-Written Pilots: History, Mom So Hard and Murder

Coming off of a pilot season that saw all of their series pickups fronted by men and caused many to call out the network over its lack of inclusion and female-fronted shows, CBS has ordered three female-written pilots: two comedies (History of Them, I Mom So Hard) and a drama (Murder). This marks the first pilot season order under the lead of new CBS President Kelly Kahl, who replaced Glenn Geller as network head in May 2017.

Here’s a rundown of CBS’ three pilot orders:

History of Them

Director: Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother)

Writer: Gloria Calderon-Kellett (One Day at a Time)

Executive Producers: Calderon-Kellet, Fryman and Marc Provissiero

Production Company: Sony TV, CBS Television Studios

Overview: “History of Them is inspired by the life of One Day at a Time revival showrunner Gloria Calderon-Kellett and is a multicultural ensemble about how two friends, Luna (Ana Villafane) and Adam, meet and fall in love using their social media as a guide.”

Kristin Hensley (left) and Jen Smedley

I Mom So Hard

Writer: Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley and Michelle Nader (2 Broke Girls)

Executive Producers: Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge and Rob Thomas (iZombie)

Production Company: Warner Bros. Television, CBS Television Studios

Overview: “Based on the web series of the same name written and starring Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, I Mom So Hard explores how two moms illustrate how their friendship gets them through being wives and mothers.”

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Writer: Amanda Green (Lethal Weapon)

Executive Producers: Green, Lindsey Liberatore and Dan Lin (Stephen King’s It)

Production Company: Warner Bros. Television, CBS Television Studios

Overview: “Murder is a fresh take on the investigative drama that explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true crime documentary, the drama invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.”

Hollywood Reporter

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