TV News: January 30th 2009

“ABC has given a pilot order for a new version of the classic alien invasion-themed 1980’s miniseries “V”. “The 4400″ co-creator/executive producer Scott Peters is behind the new version and will center on a female Homeland Security agent…” (full details)

“It’s not sure which one but either Hayden Panettiere or Ali Larter has asked to be let out of their contract for NBC series “Heroes” but the network is unlikely to allow it. The writers have penned a death scene for the actor’s character in an upcoming episode, but if she’s kept on a loophole is set to allow her to continue…” (full details)

“Fox has greenlit the adventure pilot “Masterwork” from “Prison Break” creator Paul Scheuring. The ambitious project is described as a globe-trotting adventure ala “National Treasure” and is a race against time to recover the world’s most sought-after artifacts…” (full details)

“Imagine Entertainment is developing a TV version of the Steve Martin-led film comedy “Parenthood” for NBC. “Friday Night Lights” writer-executive producer Jason Katims will produce the hourlong comedy/drama series…” (full details)

“ABC has picked up an untitled pilot from Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”), about a Savannah police detective who discovers, after his father dies, that he has an 11-year-old brother with a genius IQ. The detective winds up partnering with his young brother, who helps him solve crimes…” (full details)

“‘Grey’s Anatomy’ creator Shonda Rhimes is developing the war correspondent drama pilot ‘Inside the Box’. The story centers female news producer and her colleagues in a D.C. network news bureau…” (full details)

“ABC is developing the drama pilot “I, Claudia” which centers on the world of a young prosecuting attorney who, viewers learn, will one day be a contender for the presidency. At the moment however Claudia McIntire is more concerned about her love life than her career. John Scott Shepherd (“The Days”) executive produces…” (full details)

“NBC is developing the dramedy pilot “Lost in the ’80s” which is described as ‘The Wonder Years’ set during the era of Reaganomics and new wave. Others call it a combination of ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and ‘The Ice Storm’…” (full details)

“NBC is also developing ‘Day One’ from ‘Heroes’ writer Jesse Alexander. The story is set during the period following an undisclosed global disaster that has destroyed the world’s infrastructure. As a result a small group of people try to rebuild society and figure out exactly what happened…” (full details)