Broadcast network execs have been ensconced in darkened rooms most of this week, screening dozens of pilots in preparation for upfront presentations during the week of May 12.

NBC is first out of the gate on the morning of May 12, followed by Fox in the afternoon. The Peacock already has given series commitments to several projects, including comedy "Tooken" from the potent combo of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, toplined by Ellie Kemper. By multiple accounts, the first episode lives up to its promise.

Another comedy project that continues to look like a lock for an order at the Peacock is the Amy Poehler-produced "Old Soul," starring Natasha Lyonne (pictured). "Ellen More or Less," from Jason Katims' busy shop, has execs impressed with the potential of star Stacey McGunnigle.

Two other laffers with strong femme leads are also generating heat: Kate Walsh in "Bad Judge" and Krysten Ritter in the 1960s astronaut comedy "Mission Control." Both projects hail from the Gary Sanchez Prods. banner run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

On the drama side, spy thriller "Coercion," a redo of a Keshet format, has momentum, as does conspiracy vehicle "Odyssey." Peacock execs have high hopes that the Debra Messing starrer "The Mysteries of Laura" can become a solid detective procedural vehicle for the network but specifics about the reaction to the pilot are still unclear.

More to come


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