TV executives are cooped up in screening rooms this week, viewing pilots that producers have spent the last few months frantically assembling. From this crop, the networks will pick their fall schedules, which are due to be announced the week of May 17.
But the WB Network got an early jump on competitors Thursday by ordering 13 episodes of "Jack & Bobby," a drama starring Christine Lahti as a present-day single mother raising two sons, one of whom will become one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history (the boy's future will be glimpsed in "flash-forward" scenes).
Despite the title and political theme, the network -- partly owned by Tribune Co., publisher of The Times -- insists the show has nothing to do with the Kennedy family.
-- Scott Collins