NBC passes on Chicago-made TV pilot, but director still hopeful

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While NBC did not give a go-ahead to the “Love is a Four Letter Word” pilot — greenlighting it for a place on its 2015-16 broadcast season — the director of the Chicago-made project is hopeful the show will eventually find a small-screen home.

“Unfortunately, NBC passed on the show,” George Tillman Jr. emailed me Monday. “At the moment, the producers are about to being to shop the show around to other networks.

“The show was an ensemble interracial and multicultural relationship storyline that explores marriage, gender, and sexuality. I think it seemed better fit for cable. I hope we find a home. I was excited and proud how the show turned out,” added Tillman, the Columbia College Chicago alum who has carved out a successful Hollywood directing and producing career thanks to such projects as the “Barbershop” films, “Soul Food,” “Men of Honor,” “Notorious” and the recently released “The Longest Ride.”

The “Love Is a Four Letter Word” pilot starred Rockmond Dunbar (“Prison Break,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Cynthia McWilliams (“The Real Housewives of Hollywood”), LeToya Luckett (“Treme,” “Single Ladies”), Nadine Velasquez (“Earl,” “Major Crimes”), Colin Donnell (“Arrow,” “The Affair”) and Monet Mazur (“Castle”).

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