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HBO Hopes to Stick With What Works

HBO has ordered two pilots, and both will sound familiar to subscribers in their own way. First, there's People in New Jerseya half-hour comedy about "an adult brother and sister living in the Garden State who ponder life's big questions." The script will be written by Bruce Eric Kaplan, one of the creative forces behind Six Feet Under and, more recently, Girls. The premium cable network has also given the green light to an as-yet-untitled project about "three thirty-something friends living in San Francisco who grapple with all the options in contemporary life and the complexities of the modern gay experience." So, we're just going to think of it as Gay Sex and the City until there's any information to suggest otherwise. For now, all we know is that David Marshall Grant (who oversaw the last season of Smash) and Sarah Condon (most recently of Bored to Death) will co-executive produce the pilot along with recent WGA-nominee Andrew Haigh, who will also direct, and Michael Lannan, who wrote the script.