FOX orders five comedy pilots and four drama pilots

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FOX has begun to make its decisions on which pilots it wants to make and which will fade silently into the non-TV night. On Tuesday (Jan. 22), the network announced that it had ordered five comedy pilots and four drama pilots, one starring Oscar-nominee Greg Kinnear.

"Rake," features Kinnear as a brilliant but unfiltered criminal defense lawyer, Keegan Joye. Based on an Australian drama, Joye survives his lack of discretion and monetary issues with strong optimism and a belief in justice. He also gets help/hindrance from an ex-wife, a hormonal son and a pair of married best friends. Peter Duncan, the creator of the original Australian show, will produce with Peter Tolan and Michael Wilmer.

"The List" follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Shaker when he goes on a hunt for the person who stole a list naming the secret identities of all those in Witness Protection. The pilot was written and executive produced by Paul Zbyszewski.

"Sleepy Hollow" comes from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and is a modern-day supernatural thriller based on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." In a town dealing with the fallout of a battle between good and evil, Ichabod Crane partners with a female sheriff to solve creepy mysteries.

"Delirium," the final drama ordered by FOX, is based on a book of the same name and centers on a young girl who falls in love in a society where such things are frowned upon. The pilot comes from Karyn Usher.

Over on the comedy side, the biggest order of the day was for a live-action comedy, "Dads," from Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. These co-writers of 2012's hit movie, "Ted," got a straight-to-series order for six episodes. The project is a multi-camera sitcom about two successful young men whose awful fathers move in with them.

"I Suck at Girls" is based on Justin Halpern's ( "$#*! My Dad Says") book and will be produced by Bill Lawrence. It tells the story of a boy becoming a man and a man becoming a father back before the Internet had advice for such things.

"To My Assistant" focuses on a group of assistants at a New York City law firm who work together in order to survive their obnoxious bosses. Sherry Bilsing and Ellen Plummer are producing this pilot.

"Friends and Family" is based on the British comedy, "Gavin & Stacey." Produced by David Rosen, the show deals with the long-distance relationship experienced by a couple living in Manhattan and rural Pennsylvania.

"House Rules," the final comedy pilot ordered, comes from Andrew Gurland and Justin Hurwitz. It's a family comedy in which the family is a group of "Larry Davids" expressing contempt for everything in their polite and friendly Midwestern town.

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