ABC announced several new pilot projects today, one of them clearly aimed at cashing in on the huge success of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. It’s called SOCCER MOMS, a comedy-drama with soap opera elements about a pair of suburban mothers who team up as PIs — one is an ex-cop, the other a housewife who knows all the neighborhood gossip. And like DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, this was also written & created by a sitcom writer.
This is not the first time this concept has been tried over the years. As recently as two seasons ago, Lifetime produced an hour-long pilot called FOLLOW THE LEADS that had virtually the same concept. The network passed…and picked up MISSING instead.