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2010-2011 Pilot Guide


It’s pilot season! Keep returning to this page to see what pilots have been picked up. I’ll try to provide information as soon as it happens. Upfronts are around the 17th of May, so expect to get a lot of info soon. I’ve been working on this for a while and will try to keep it as up to date as possible.

Get more info, after the jump…

The CW:

Drama:

Betwixt Changelings
Based on a novel of the same name, Betwixt tells the story of “changelings” in an urban setting who are responsible for saving humans from evil. From Writer/Executive Producer Elizabeth Chandler and Executive Producer Paul Stupin.

Starring: Allison Miller

Status: PASS

HMS
The aspirational, sexy freshmen class at Harvard Medical School embark upon the biggest challenge of their lives on HMS. Seen through the eyes of a young woman who is both excited and intimidated by her surroundings.

Starring: Megan Boone

Status: PASS

Hellcats
From executive producer Tom Welling comes Hellcats, an ensemble show set in world of competitive college cheerleading. Described as “Election” meets “Bring It On”.

Starring: Aly Michalka

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Nikita
From Writer/Executive Producer and Executive Producers McG and Peter Johnson comes Nikita. In this update of “La Femme Nikita,” Nikita has gone rogue, and a new Nikita is being trained to replace her.

Starring: Maggie Q

Status: SERIES ORDERED

The Wyoming Project The Damn Thorpes
The Wyoming Project The Damn Thorpes is a family soap set on horse farm in a small town, from Amy-Sherman Palladino and Dan Palladino.

Starring: Sean Faris

Status: ?

Nomads

Follows a group of nearly broke young backpackers abroad who agree to earn money by working secret missions for the CIA.

Starring: Scott Porter

Status: ?

Commentary: The network’s target is 18-34 year old women, so that’s not really, uhh, me. But their prez Dawn Ostroff did mention that network has started to gravitate towards shows that appeal to both men and women. The shows that seem like shoe-ins are Nikita, Hellcats, and Betwixt. My money is also on The Wyoming Project because it has an element of comedy that they need. When it comes to Nomads or HMS, I really hope they got for the former cause apparently it’s one of the better pilots this season (who knew!). I probably will at least be checking out Nikita and Nomads if they get picked up (and Nikita will). Also, when has the Harvard Medical School freshman class ever been “sexy”? Come on…

The CW is in an interesting position because 90210, One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected have failed to resonate as well as America’s Next Top Model, Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries. Yet 90210 was picked up. Dumb. Well, they can’t too many chances can they?

CBS:

Drama:

ATF The Line

An ATF agent hunts down criminals while trying to balance life as a father to his teenage daughter.

Starring: Dylan Walsh

Status: ?

Chaos

Rogue CIA operatives combat bureaucratic gridlock, rampant incompetence and political infighting.

Starring: Freddy Rodriguez

Status: ?

Criminal Minds Spinoff

Revolves around profilers who work outside the FBI bureaucracy.

Starring: Forest Whitaker

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Defenders

Two fiery Las Vegas defense attorneys go to the mat for their clients.

Starring: Jim Belushi

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Hawaii Five-O

Updated take on the original series revolving around an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police.

Starring: Alex O’Loughlin

Status: SERIES ORDERED

The Odds

Buddy-cop show set in Las Vegas

Starring: Sullivan Stapleton

Status: ?

I Witness

Drama centers on a detective/professor who uses her psycho-physiological skills to solve crimes

Starring: ?

Status: ?

Reagan’s Law

Drama about a multi-generational family of new york-based cops

Starring: Bridget Moynahan

Status: ?

The Quinn-tuplets

Follows the personal and professional lives of the Quinn quintuplets — five adults whose lives were documented and broadcast since birth.

Starring: Amber Tamblyn

Status: ?

Untitled Medical project

A mobile medical team travels the U.S. helping those in need.

Starring: Amy Smart

Status: ?

Comedy:

Hitched

Ensemble revolving around a newlywed couple, their extended family and friends.

Starring: Jack Carpenter

Status: ?

Mike and Molly

Ensemble revolving around a couple who struggle with overeating.

Starring: Billy Gardell

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Open Books

About a female book editor and her circle of friends.

Starring: Laura Benanti

Status: ?

Shit My Dad Says Bleep My Dad Says

Based on the Twitter account.

Starring: William Shatner

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Team Spitz

Ensemble centered on a bombastic private-school football coach.

Starring: Rob Riggle

Status: ?

True Love

About four friends in New York, two falling in love, the other two not so much.

Starring: Minka Kelly

Status: ?

Livin’ On a Prayer

Revolving around an unmarried couple and their friends in Pittsburgh.

Starring: Joe Manganiello

Status: ?

Untitled Ant Hines project

British lowlife moves to Los Angeles to reconnect with his celebrity daughter.

Starring: Paul Kaye

Status: ?

Untitled John Wells Medical Drama

Status: ?

Untitled Tad Quill project

About a widowed father of a 12-year-old boy who re-enters the dating world.

Starring: Jason Mantzokas

Status: ?

WTF

Hidden camera series in which a troop of comedic agents pull benevolent pranks using flash-mob tactics

Starring: Drew Carey

Status: ?

Commentary: Nina Tassler, CBS’ pres, says that they plan on picking up around two to three dramas and one to two comedies, but it all depends on the strengths of the pilots. My guess? Criminal Minds spin-off is apparently a done deal, even though the pilot wasn’t very well received. It’s got Forest Whitaker.

Otherwise, expect that Shit My Dad Says gets picked up (with a new name, mind you). I’ve heard Reagan’s Law is looking good (it fits into the network’s brand of boring procedurals, though it looks to have a bit of a twist). Also, shout out to Emmy Clarke (her brother is a good friend of mine). If it gets picked up, she’ll be a main character in The Line.

FOX:

Drama:

RideAlong

Police procedural set – and filmed – in Chicago

Starring: ?

Status: SERIES ORDERED.

Pleading Guilty

The story follows Mack Malloy, an ex-cop and recovering alcoholic now serving as a partner in a top-drawer corporate law firm. After one of the firm’s maverick partners suddenly disappears with $5.6 million belonging to the firm’s most important client, the other partners turn to Malloy to track down the culprit before the scandal goes public. Development is being overseen by executive producer Jon Avnet (Boomtown, Fried Green Tomatoes).

Starring: Jason Isaacs

Starring: PASS

Midland Lone Star

Drama about a con artist juggling two lives in two Texas cities with two different women

Starring: Jimmy Wolk

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Braking In

Starring: Christian Slater

Status: PASS

Breakout Kings

Drama about ex-fugitives who are recruited to work as U.S. Marshals

Starring: Laz Alonso

Status: PASS

Terra Nova

Starring: ?

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Comedy:

Bob’s Burgers

Follows a family that runs a burger joint where anything can happen.

Starring: H. Jon Benjamin

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Inside Jokes

Improv series dubbed as a rapid-fire collection of one-liners and gags

Starring: Cameron Bender

Status: PASS

Keep Hope Alive

A man raises his child as a single parent while living with his folks.

Starring: Lucas Neff

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Most Likely To Succeed

About a group of friends in Seattle who haven’t lived up to the promise they showed in high school.

Starring: Kathryn Hahn

Status: PASS

Naked But Funny

Sketch Comedy

Starring: ?

Status: PASS

Nevermind Nirvana

An Indian-American struggles to balance his values with those of his culturally traditional parents after they move in.

Starring: Ravi Patel

Status: PASS

Security

A cute but slighty awkward man joins a digital-security firm, where he finds a place to fit in among a group of geniuses.

Starring: Bret Harrison

Status: PASS

Spoof

A sketch show featuring produced segments that reflect pop-culture themes.

Starring: Dana Carvey

Status: PASS

The Station

A covert CIA operative and his workmates are embedded in a South American banana republic on a mission to install a dictator.

Starring: John Goodman

Status: PASS

The Brew Strange Brew

A family that owns a small but successful regional brewery struggles with working and living together.

Starring: Jere Burns

Status: PASS

Tax Man

Workplace show revolving around IRS employees who fight to overcome hatred while providing an important and vital service.

Starring: David Krumholtz

Status: PASS

Traffic Light

Revolves around three male friends in different stages of relationships; based on an Israeli series.

Starring: Nelson Franklin

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Untitled Jamie Foxx project

Sketch comedy series executive produced by the Oscar-winner.

Starring: Affion Crockett

Status: PASS

Wilde Kingdom Running Wilde

A rich Beverly Hills jackass falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman.

Starring: Will Arnett

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Commentary: When interviewing Kevin Reilly, he says that he really wants to improve their comedy line-up. This obviously shows in their pilot orders. It’s hard to create a night of comedy without anything really established to get people there in the first place (though, ABC proved me wrong this year. Good job, ABC). While they’ve excelled in their “animation domination” Sundays, shows like Brothers and Sons of Tuscon have failed to pick up viewers. Expect 3 to 4 comedies, maybe more to get picked up.

Hopefully Midlands gets picked up. It’s been getting rave reviews, but there is concern that it doesn’t jive with the network’s brand. FOX has a really strong brand of drama shows, so if they only pick up one (at most, two) don’t be too shocked.

ABC:

Drama:

187 Detroit

What does it take to be a detective on America’s most dangerous streets? Get ready to be part of the action when a documentary crew rolls with some of Detroit’s finest. The cameras give us an insider’s view of the homicide unit, capturing the professional crises, as well as the raw personal heartbreak and heroism of these inner-city cops. There’s the damaged but driven Detective Joseph Fitch (The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli), a wily homicide vet who is the most respected and misunderstood man in the division. His new partner is Detective Damon Washington, who in addition to the pressure of his first day working Homicide is also expecting his first baby. Then there’s sexy, edgy Detective Ariana Sanchez, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department. Detective Sanchez has recently been teamed with the streetwise, smooth talking Detective John Stone a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension. Headed by strong-willed single mom Lieutenant Maureen Mason, the men and women of Detroit Homicide are as tough as they come. They have to be, working the neighborhoods of the once and future Motor City, a rebounding bastion of middle class America still saddled with one of the highest murder rates in this country.

Starring: Michael Imperioli

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Body of Evidence Body of Proof

When a brilliant and driven neurosurgeon’s career is cut short, she turns her unrivaled medical skills toward solving murders. Every body has a story to tell and Dr. Megan Hunt will find out what it is. Dr. Megan Hunt was a top neurosurgeon until a car accident ended her career as a surgeon. Now that she can no longer help the living, Dr. Hunt is Philadelphia’s most notorious medical examiner. Although she’s amazing at her job, Dr. Hunt’s reputation of being difficult precedes her wherever she goes. She’s never encountered a boundary that she wouldn’t cross. Her powerful boss tries to protect her as long as she doesn’t step too hard on the wrong toes. Although he grudgingly acknowledges her skill, seasoned police detective Bud Morris is not as enthralled with her methods. Luckily, Dr. Hunt does have a few fans. Her junior medical examiners rely on her expert advice and her investigative partner, Medical Investigator Peter Dunlap, accepts her unorthodox behavior. Maybe that’s because he’s the only one who knows that Dr. Hunt’s challenging personality is partly rooted in guilt. Before she gave up neurosurgery, Dr. Hunt accidentally killed her last patient. Add in a touch of bitterness from a hostile divorce that awarded her ex sole custody of their teenage daughter and you have one sad social life. You see, when it comes to understanding the dead, Dr. Hunt is amazing. But when it comes to her relationships with the living, she has a lot of work to do. From executive producers Matt Gross and Christopher Murphey comes a fascinating new procedural built on a strong and compelling female lead. Each week, as Dr. Hunt and her colleagues close a new case, she will come a tiny step closer to letting other people into her life.

Starring: Dana Delany

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Boston’s Finest

When a committed young Boston detective stumbles upon a corruption ring within her own police department, she joins forces with a rogue ex-cop to expose the truth. These unlikely partners will work together to solve new crimes while slowly investigating the truth behind the crime ring. Promising young detective Julia Scott is nearly killed in the line of duty, but at the last minute, a mysterious stranger saves her life. The stranger turns out to be the last person Julia ever expected. Angus Martin is a legend in the Boston police department. A decorated cop, Angus was exposed as a crook and “died” attempting to escape justice. Apparently, he’s not as dead as everyone thinks. How do you separate fact from fiction when someone who’s supposed to be a brutal killer just saved your life?? At first, Julia is reluctant to believe Angus’ story that he was framed and faked his own murder after discovering a major corruption ring in the Boston police department. But the more Julia looks into Angus’ case, the more she begins to see that he was onto something. This rich, atmospheric new thriller from Richard Hatem (Supernatural) explores the intersection between right and wrong. Sometimes, when the truth is hidden in plain sight, you need to look at it from a new perspective. To expose the corruption ring, Julia and Angus will have to combine her access to the police with his connections to Boston’s criminal underworld. Each week, they will solve new cases together, but can they uncover the truth behind the conspiracy that keeps them apart?

Starring: Katee Sackhoff

Status: PASS

Cutthroat

By all appearances, Nina Cabrera has a perfect life: a fantastic home in Beverly Hills, three beautiful children, great cars, great clothes. But things aren’t always as they seem. In addition to everything else she’s handling, Nina Cabrera is also running a multi-million dollar Mexican crime syndicate. As a single mom, Nina has learned to juggle – whether it’s getting her youngest child into an exclusive school, helping a friend whose cheating husband is demanding a divorce, or managing the numerous businesses she owns. Nina has a lot of people depending on her. Oh… and she’s also laundering money for the syndicate. The daughter of a legendary Mexican drug kingpin, Nina grew up in the business, but has struggled to give herself and her family a normal life. This isn’t always easy in the often-snobby society of Beverly Hills, which she finds just as brutal as the criminals she deals with on a daily basis. Nina sometimes feels like an outsider in both worlds. Her closest relationships are with her ex-beauty queen mother and her cousin Frankie, her trusted advisor and chief lieutenant. He handles most of the dirty work, from carrying out a hit on a corrupt Mexican crime boss, to bribing rich families so Nina’s son can get into school. When push comes to shove, Nina is not above taking matters into her own hands – and she’ll do anything to make sure her family is safe. Marrying the criminal elements of The Sopranos with the suburban intrigue of Desperate Housewives, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, the creators of Reaper, offer a fresh take on the cutthroat world of Beverly Hills and the killer maternal instinct it takes to survive there.

Starring: Mia Maestro

Status: PASS

Edgar Floats

Does every man need to get punched in the face at least once? After a lifetime of playing it safe, police psychologist Edgar Floats suddenly feels something’s missing from his drab, grey, civil servant life. Overwhelmed from days of listening to troubled cops, he starts moonlighting for his ex-wife’s bail bond company. Sandra, his tough-cookie ex, is less than thrilled with this arrangement, but technically it’s her father Nicholas’ company. Nicholas still has a soft spot for Edgar, so despite his daughter’s objections and Edgar’s complete lack of qualifications, he hires him. Edgar is an amazing psychologist, but with his Clark Kent glasses and soft-spoken manner, how will he fare on the mean streets of Los Angeles?? It turns out, even criminals love to talk and Edgar is the perfect listener. He gradually earns the respect of Sandra and her team but nothing beats a black eye to impress his 9-5 co-workers. What none of them know is that Edgar’s seeing visions of a cop who killed himself a couple of months ago a cop who was one of his clients. They also don’t know that he’s giving money from his second job to the policeman’s widow and five-year old son. All anyone knows is that for the first time in his life, Edgar Floats is taking a stand. Created by Life’s Rand Ravich and Far Shariat, Edgar Floats is a unique, off-beat procedural that is as funny and touching as it is action-packed. Edgar’s police clients and bail bond jobs will cross over as he continues to discover what it takes to be a real life hero.

Starring: Edgar Webster

Status: PASS

Generation Y My Generation

What a difference ten years can make. A documentary crew captured Greenbelt High School’s class of 2000 on film, highlighting all their hopes and dreams for the future. Now, it’s ten years later and as these former classmates return home, they’ll discover that just because you’re not where you planned doesn’t mean you’re not right where you need to be. In 2000, a documentary crew visited Greenbelt High School in Austin, Texas. To portray the spirit of real American teenagers, they followed students like Steven Foster “The Overachiever,” Jackie Fox “The Beauty Queen,” Ken Finley “The Nerd,” Dawn Barbuso “The Punk” and most popular couple, Brenda Serrano “The Brain” and Anders Holt “The Rich Kid.” Each of these students couldn’t wait to graduate and head out into the real world. But the world they were entering got very real, very fast. As these classmates return home to revisit their old hopes for their future, they’ll discover that even if you don’t get exactly what you thought you wanted out of life, it’s not too late to get what you need. Creator Noah Hawley (The Unusuals, Bones) delivers a captivating dramedy about a new lost generation. Full of both humor and heart… Generation Y shows that even if you don’t have it all figured out, it’s never too late to find your way.

Starring: Michael Stahl-David

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Matadors

Two lovers have never been more star-crossed than young lawyers Alex Galloway and Juliana Lodari. Their powerful families have dominated the Chicago justice system for the past 30 years as opposing council. Now the sparks between Alex and Juliana, both in, and out of the courtroom, will either unite their families once and for all, or drive them apart forever. A matador must be a showman and strategist, combined with pure killer instinct. That’s what made it the perfect mascot for the secret society Victor Galloway and Roman Lodari started in law school. Back then, they were inseparable, but jealousy and misunderstandings drove them apart sparking a rivalry that has nearly consumed them. Victor used his connections and charisma to become the city’s most successful Defense Attorney. Roman had to fight his way up to District Attorney. Both are legends in the legal field and have inspired their children to carry on their legacy. Part of that means being brilliant lawyers but the other part is to crush the other side, no matter the cost. Despite the family rivalry, Alex Galloway and Juliana Lodari have secretly been attracted to each other for years, but one case will force them to admit their undeniable passion. The Galloways and Lodaris have fought for so long, they barely remember how their animosity began, but they do know that they will do anything in their power to keep their two youngest apart. Created by ER’s Jack Orman, Matadors is a sexy, absorbing legal procedural with epic sweep and a powerful Romeo and Juliet love story at its heart.

Starring: Zach Gilford

Status: PASS

No Ordinary Family

The Powells are pretty much your average, everyday American family. That is until their plane crashes in the Amazon jungle. After that, well, let’s just say the Powells are a little less ordinary. Jim is a frustrated police sketch artist married to Stephanie, a brilliant and successful scientist. Although they still love each other, their marriage has lost some of its spark. All of that changes, though, when Stephanie takes Jim and their two teenage kids along on a research trip to the Amazon. The Powell’s plane crashes into a swampy river; they manage to escape, but, their pilot, unfortunately, isn’t so lucky. As the Powells gratefully return to their old lives, they are shocked to discover that they have suddenly developed some rather extraordinary abilities. Jim is super strong with amazing reflexes. Stephanie can suddenly move at lightning speed. Daphne can hear everyone’s thoughts including those of her 16-year-old-boyfriend, ick! Then there’s JJ, who miraculously goes from clueless to brainiac, seemingly overnight. The Powells are reinvigorated by their new powers, but they quickly discover that the toughest challenges may be the most ordinary ones. Sure, they can stop criminals, but all the super powers in the world can’t fix emotional problems. The Powells better get their act together, soon, though, because that pilot they left for dead at the bottom of a river… he just woke up. From Brother & Sisters’ Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman comes a wild new dramedy about a totally relatable family who just happen to be a little bit amazing.

Starring: Julia Benz

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Off the Map

Why would a gifted surgeon with a brilliant career, beautiful family and bright future give it all up to go to a barely staffed, under-stocked clinic in a small South American town? Escape, of course. In this ensemble drama, five doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place. Because sometimes in order to find yourself… you have to get lost. Welcome to “la ciudad de las estrellas” (the city of stars), a tiny town in the South American jungle. That’s exactly where idealistic young Dr. Lily Brenner just landed, along with her fellow-doctors Mina Minard and Manny Diaz. All of these young ex-pats are running away from personal demons, but they aren’t the only ones with emotional baggage. Take the legendary and enigmatic Ben Keeton, who was the youngest Chief of Surgery at UCLA. He walked away from it all to found the clinic. Together with his right-hand doctor and sometimes thorn in his side Otis Cole, he’ll teach these newcomers how to save lives in the most challenging environment they’ve ever worked in. With more patients than they can handle and very little traditional medicine available, these doctors have to perform medical miracles using any means necessary. And as their lives become intimately intertwined, secrets will be revealed and relationships born. With the pressure always mounting, these doctors will need to let off some steam. Luckily, there’s a spectacular hidden beach nearby. Leave it to Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) to bring you an uplifting medical procedural like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Featuring a hot, young ensemble cast, Off the Map from creator Jenna Bans (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) explores how far you have to go to truly heal.

Starring: Caroline Dhavernas

Status: SERIES ORDERED

True Blue

Friends. Partners. Lovers. Ten years ago, these San Francisco detectives were everything to each other. They rode together, protected each other and never let anything come between them. Times have changed and they’ve fallen out of touch. Now the murder of one of their own is about to bring them back together. When tough, charismatic cop Kevin Ulster is shot point blank in his own apartment, his old friends and colleagues regroup to investigate the case. They owe it to him. Ten years ago, he taught them everything they know. Even though they’ve drifted apart, the Mission Crew is still tight and they refuse to let Kevin’s murder investigation get buried. Joining forces, this investigative team will work side-by-side on new cases while they struggle to uncover the truth behind Ulster’s death. With their long history together, each new investigation will force the crew to revisit old wounds, reignite past passions and rediscover what made them a force to be remembered. It’s a good thing they have each other, because while they look for the truth… someone else is keeping a close eye on them. Boomtown’s Chris Brancato and Berte Salke, along with Dirty Sexy Money’s Jon Feldman, deliver an atmospheric, character-driven police drama that’s part The Big Chill and part NYPD Blue. Sometimes old friends are the only friends you’ve got.

Starring: Marc Blucas

Status: PASS

The Whole Truth

There are two sides to every case. By the time the prosecution rests, you’ll swear the defendant is guilty. Then the defense begins and you’ll be just as convinced of the defendant’s innocence. The Whole Truth invites you to experience firsthand the nerve-wracking job of deciphering where the truth lies. Every trial leaves lives hanging in the balance. While victims and defendants wait breathlessly to learn their fate, lawyers are working behind the scenes and in the courtroom, making frantic moves and countermoves of complex legal wrangling to tilt justice in their favor. For District Attorney Kathryn Peale, it’s a challenge she relishes. Serious, meticulous, and brilliant, she scares her employees with both her demeanor and her considerable skill. Her legal counterpart and law school friend Jimmy Nolan is just the opposite he’s a hotshot, fun-loving defense attorney who wears vintage Reebok sneakers to court. As they rally their teams around their arguments and prepare to go head-to-head, the viewer sees their cases from the perspective of both the prosecution and the defense. While the guilt or innocence of the accused will keep you guessing until the final scene, the sparring and maneuvering, both in and out of the courtroom, will keep you enthralled. Somehow, when the verdict is read, no matter what happens, Kathryn and Jimmy always manage to stay friends outside of the courtroom, that is. From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writer Tom Donaghy (Without A Trace) comes The Whole Truth, an innovative law drama that presents both sides equally, putting the viewer in the jury hot seat.

Starring: Joely Richardson

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Comedy:

Awkward Situations for Men

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to fit into a new place? For a transplanted Brit, assimilating into San Francisco society is an agonizingly awkward exercise in futility. No matter how hard he tries to fit in, Danny Wallace just sticks out. When social graces are completely foreign to you, how are you supposed to fit in to a foreign land? Danny is a columnist who moves from England to San Francisco for his American wife Meg’s new job. Despite Danny’s best efforts to grasp the differences between the two cultures, he somehow always manages to cause a scene. From embarrassing first impressions to jaw-dropping misunderstandings, Danny’s never met a social situation he couldn’t bungle. As Meg settles in to her new job working with her boss, and former lover, Bob (aka “The Smoothie King”), Danny hangs out at his local British pub with Will, a misguided travel writer who Googles instead of going places. Their friend, Brian, the bartender at the pub, dispenses bone-headed advice along with the beer. At least Danny’s comic misadventures provide plenty of fodder for his popular column. If people aren’t laughing with you, might as well let them laugh at you. Inspired by his book Awkward Situations For Men, British sensation Danny Wallace co-writes and co-executive produces along with Jeff and Jackie Filgo (That 70’s Show). It’s a wry observational comedy that highlights the absurd minutia of day-to-day life.

Starring: Danny Wallace

Status: ?

Freshmen

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors in D.C.? Get a closer look at the private lives of public people in this uncensored new comedy. When three young, newly-elected members of Congress decide to share a house together, we’ll see both their public maneuvering and their behind-the-scenes personal relationships. Meet Cameron, Vince and Jane, three freshman Representatives who decide to pool both their financial and political resources when they share a house in D.C. Cameron is optimistic and determined, Vince is opportunistic and charming, and Jane, is beautiful and brilliant, but a little romantically clueless. As these newbies try to learn their way around the hill, they inevitably run into professional challenges, personal entanglements and public humiliations. After all, if they screw up, the snarky blog ‘Fools on the Hill’ is there to document it for the whole wide web. It’s their first year in D.C., so these three young Representatives will definitely make a few mistakes, but hopefully they will learn a thing or two along the way. Luckily, they’ve formed their own little ways and means committee for negotiating life on the hill. Executive producer Arianna Huffington lends her experience and pointed political-insider wit to this comedy that is part West Wing, part Grey’s Anatomy. Experience both the private and public lives of politicians when creator Greg Malins (How I Met Your Mother) pulls back the curtain on America’s elected officials.

Starring: Tommy Dewey

Status: PASS

Funny in Farsi

Funny is the universal language. Based on Firoozeh Dumas’ best-selling novel, Funny in Farsi is a love letter to America that follows an Iranian family’s hilarious attempts to assimilate into the tanned, blond world of early ’70s Newport Beach, California. As if being 13 isn’t hard enough, Firoozeh (Fur-ooze-ah) or Julie, as they call her in America has to deal with growing pains and culture shock all at the same time. Fresh from Iran (a place none of their neighbors can find on a map), her family learns everything they need to know about America from TV. Julie’s Dad “Kaz” loves his adopted home, especially Denny’s, where the bathrooms are always magically clean. Her mother has a harder time adjusting, although it helps when she switches her Americanized name from “Nazi” to “Nancy.” Julie’s older brother, “Chip” idolizes American sports stars. As for Julie… well, let’s just say she’s embracing capitalism for all it’s worth. The Jazayeri family tries to keep up with the Jones’ next door, but can they have their shish kabobs and their Kentucky Fried Chicken too? It’s a challenge to maintain your cultural identity while adapting to a whole new world of an unfamiliar language, liberated women and LOTS of television. The nostalgia of The Wonder Years blends with the family fun of My Big Fat Greek Wedding in this exuberant coming-of-age-misfit-comedy. Barry Sonnenfeld directs the pilot co-written and executive produced by Nastaran Dibai (Rita Rocks) and Jeffrey Hodes (According to Jim). Funny in Farsi shows that it’s okay to be different as long as you can laugh at what gets lost in translation.

Starring: Kendra Jain

Status: PASS

Happy Endings

Forget who gets to keep the ring when a couple splits the real question is, who gets to keep the friends? In this modern comedy, a couple’s break up will complicate all of their friends’ lives and make everyone question their choices. When life throws you for a loop… hold on tight to the people you love. Every circle of friends has someone who’s the gravitational center. For years, perfect couple Dave and Alex drew their friends in and held them together. Now that they’ve split, does this group have the stuff to stay together? Or do Max, Brad, Jane, and Penny have to choose sides? Suddenly every event is a negotiation. Like, who gets to go on the annual ski trip? There are a lot of big questions to be answered, but this group has been together so long, somehow, little by little, they’ll figure out how to hold on, even though their center is split up. It helps that Dave and Alex have agreed to stay friends. But there will definitely be other complications down the road like Penny’s long-suppressed feelings for Dave. What is the waiting period for dating a friend’s ex? This show isn’t afraid to ask the embarrassing personal questions that inevitably arise in every long-term, close-knit group of friends. This relatable comedy from executive producer Jamie Tarses (My Boys) and hot new writer David Caspe examines the complex network of long-term friendships. Just because one couple breaks up, does that mean their whole urban family has to fall apart? Nope. It just means life is going to get a lot more complicated.

Starring: Zachary Knighton

Status: SERIES ORDERED

How to Be a Better American

There comes a time in every family man’s life when he has to choose between his big screen TV and his family. For Hugh Pell, that day has arrived. Hugh is determined to change his ways and remind his wife why she married him in the first place. Unfortunately, miracles don’t happen overnight. Sure, Hugh Pell has some redeeming qualities. They’re just buried deep down inside of him. His wife Katie married him because he was sweet, funny and generous. Over the years, however, he’s become clueless, misguided and, well, let’s face it, just plain rude. In fact, when Hugh goes in for his annual review, he finds out just how unlikable he’s become. Hugh’s sweet boss has to break it to him that, even though he’s very good at his job, he’s been passed up for promotion because no one can stand him. Hugh goes home, hoping for some sympathy, but it turns out he’s not very popular there, either. He never listens to his wife, misses his son’s soccer games, and has completely failed to notice that his 12-year-old daughter is now actually 13. Even his slacker brother Chad, who crashes on their couch, has to admit that living with Hugh is no great shakes. Right then and there, Hugh decides he wants to be a better man. No, not just a better man… a better American. Unfortunately for Hugh, after a lifetime of bad behavior, that’s going to be a lot harder than he thinks. Created by Scrubs’ Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, How to Be A Better American introduces hilarious every-dad, Hugh Pell. Despite his best intentions, Hugh is comically incapable of doing the right thing. He’s never going to be perfect, but he’s trying hard to at least be the guy his wife fell in love with.

Starring: Jason Jones

Status: PASS

It Takes a Village

Karen and Howard are just like any other couple lovingly raising their teenage son except they happen to live across the street from each other; Karen is remarried and Howard is gay. It Takes a Village is the comedy that proves that unconditional love can come in unconventional packages. Howard and Karen are devoted parents who raised their precocious, 15-year old son George in a protective bubble. That bubble burst big time, however, the day Karen and Howard got divorced and Howard came out of the closet. Now Karen and Howard live right across the street from each other; Karen is remarried to Carl, and everything’s friendly. Right up until Howard invites his boyfriend Scott to move in. Suddenly, George has four parents keeping an eye on him at all times and they’re always in each other’s business. That’s kind of okay, though. When you’re a teenage boy, having your parents divorce and your dad announce that he’s gay, kind of stinks. But having four great, loving parents always looking out for you? That’s pretty cool. In this single-camera comedy, up-and-coming writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor explore the intricate, sometimes delicate, and always-complicated dynamics of divorced family life.

Starring: Leah Remini

Status: PASS

Mr. Sunshine

Everyone’s life feels like a three-ring circus. For Ben, the middle-aged manager of a mid-level sports arena, some days that’s exactly what it is. In this outrageous workplace comedy, Ben has to juggle a wide variety of sports and entertainment acts, while handling his erratic boss and apathetic staff. The Sunshine Center has seen better days, but then again, so has Ben. Ben’s unpredictable boss Crystal is the head of this little dysfunctional workplace family. Ben’s not-quite girlfriend Alice is the heart and mouth of the place. She handles PR. His nemesis at The Sunshine Center is Alonzo, who competes with him for Alice’s affection. Alonzo is smooth, attentive, and committed basically everything that Ben isn’t at least not yet. Luckily, Ben also has an unlikely confidant and ally in Crystal’s unmotivated son Roman. Roman’s not much good at work, but he’s a heck of a listener. Each week, despite the unusual demands of the ever-changing touring events, Ben tries to keep it all together. Crystal’s flightiness may drive him crazy and his slacker crew might make him nuts, but Ben is determined to make the Sunshine Center the very best second rate, two-bit stadium in the world. Mr. Sunshine is co-written by Matthew Perry along with Alex Barnow and Marc Firek and executive produced by Jamie Tarses (My Boys) and Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), who also directs this wild new workplace comedy. Mr. Sunshine proves even when you’re out of your element, you can still be in the right arena.

Starring: Matthew Perry

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Nolan Knows Best

When your Dad is a legend in your town, it can be hard to get out from under his shadow. When your Dad moves in to the apartment over your garage… forget about it! All his life, Dana Nolan knew his dad Phil loved his older brother Stan more. No matter what Dana did, he never quite seemed to measure up to his dad’s old-school values. Obviously, he couldn’t be the best son, so instead, Dana decided to be the best husband and dad he could possibly be. Now, Dana has the chance to get a little closer to his dad. After bailing Stan out of yet another jam, Phil is moving in to the spare apartment above Dana’s garage. Just great. You see, to Dana’s adorable daughters, Phil is their lovable grandpa. And at the high school where Dana works as a guidance counselor, Phil is the legendary ‘Coach Phil’ who still shows up every day to give the team a pep-talk. But to the long-suffering Dana… he’s just the same old critical dad he’s always known and grudgingly loves. Luckily, Dana has his wife Julie to keep him grounded, but as a full-time anesthesiologist she’s got her own problems like being judged by other school moms who only work part-time. Dana’s smart enough to know he’s got to make the best of his dad situation, but it’s going to take time… a whole lot of time. Comedian Dana Gould takes a page from his own life and lets us all laugh at the thousand small humiliations he’s suffered from his dad. Nolan Knows Best is a family comedy about trying to get out from under your dad’s shadow, while attempting to live up to his high expectations.

Starring: Dana Gould

Status: PASS

Southern Discomfort

When two grown, liberal kids return home to live with their opinionated, conservative father, the whole family will have to face one heck of a generation gap. A modern day All In The Family, Southern Discomfort invites you to sit back, relax and slip into something a little uncomfortable like someone else’s family. Bob Dobson wants to be a supportive dad, but his kids don’t make it easy. Bob and his wife Mary Lou were looking forward to their golden retirement years together. They’d already bought Rudy, their trophy dog. First, their son Ty came home to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. And now, their perfect Harvard-educated daughter has decided to turn down her dream job in New York to move back home and be with her high school sweetheart. Bob just doesn’t get it. He’s given his kids every advantage, so why can’t they make something out of their lives? Like becoming the people he always dreamed they would be?? As Bob’s wife gently reminds him, part of growing up means allowing kids to make their own decisions. Bob’s trying to accept that, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. From novelist Chad Kultgen, Rob Long (Cheers), and executive producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) comes a hilarious new multi-camera comedy that puts today’s generation gap under a microscope. Sure, Bob is pompous, sexist and narrow-minded, but he also works hard so that his more enlightened children can afford all their high-minded ideals. Since the Dobsons have a little trouble relating to each other, it’s up to the family dog, Rudy, to listen to their troubles and help them figure out how to get along.

Starring: Don Johnson

Status: PASS

Untitled Shana Goldberg-Meehan project Better Together

Starring: ?

Status: SERIES ORDERED

That Couple

Which kind of love is better, the slow and steady kind that grows over time or the truly, madly deeply kind that happens in a flash? Two couples, from two different generations, have very different outlooks on love. But together, they discover that when it comes to relationships, everyone has to find their own way. Ben and Maddie followed every rule, except for getting married. After nine years together, they’re totally committed to each other and they don’t need a stupid piece of paper to prove it, thank you very much. At least until Maddie’s little sister Mia gets engaged. Mia and Casey are completely different from Ben and Maddie. Young and impulsive, Mia and Casey live in the moment which might have something to do with how Mia and Casey ended up both pregnant and engaged after only two months of dating. At first, Ben and Maddie are shocked… and maybe even a little jealous. Should they have gotten married at some point? They’re even more jealous when Maddie and Mia’s notoriously high-maintenance, meddling parents, the Putneys, welcome their new son-in-law with open arms. Maddie and Ben have to ask themselves… is their slow, cautious love as strong as Mia and Casey’s untamed version? As Ben and Maddie welcome Casey into their lives and help guide him through the minefields of Maddie and Mia’s eccentric family little by little both of these couples discover that married or not, it’s the togetherness that counts. From creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Friends, Mad About You) comes a fresh, funny look at couplehood. No two relationships are quite alike. That’s part of what makes them so great.

Starring: Jennifer Finnigan

Status: PASS

Who Gets the Parents?

When most couples get divorced, the big question is who gets custody of the kids. When a couple with three adult children gets divorced, the question is who gets stuck with the parents? After 30 years of marriage, Gene and Phyllis Fiddleman have decided to call it quits. There was just something missing. Fiery Phyllis didn’t exactly choose this, but now that she has the freedom and excitement of being single, she’s embracing it. All her anti-social husband Gene wants is someone to help him operate the dishwasher. Their three adult children are startled by the divorce. Well, most of them, at least. Their 26-year old totally co-dependent youngest son Mitch has to confess that he suspected something. After all, he still lives at home. Their momma’s boy 28-year old middle son Neil is happily married to Brenda, but secretly wishes he still lived at home. Meanwhile, their well-adjusted, independent 30-year old daughter Cass is quite happy to live as far from her parents as she can get. So imagine how she feels when mom moves into the apartment next door. Everyone wants his or her family to be close, but there’s got to be a limit, right?? Executive produced by Peter Traugott (Samantha Who?) and created by Just Shoot Me’s Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, this family comedy is an irreverent look at how grown children deal with their parents’ second adolescence. Ask not what your parents have done for you, but Who Gets The Parents?

Starring: Jane Kaczmarek

Status: PASS

Wright vs. Wrong

The problem with being a public figure is that it can be pretty hard to have a good private life. Especially when you’re Evelyn Wright, a conservative pundit who happens to be one of the most polarizing figures in America. Wright is a rising star in the right-wing political arena. She’s intelligent, confident, beautiful, and of course, Christian. That’s all great, but her personal life leaves something to be desired. Evelyn has Baker, her amazing fianc, but she realizes she doesn’t have any close female friends to be her bridesmaids. Oh sure, there’s Crystal, her personal assistant who doubles as Evelyn’s punching bag. Or maybe Joan, Evelyn’s no-nonsense manager who’s busy pushing Evelyn’s new book, Democrap. She does have Adrian, her liberal-minded ghostwriter, but he’s a guy and everyone knows he’s just killing time until he can score a job at The Daily Show. Pretty much the only people who hang out with Evelyn, besides her fianc, are the ones who are paid to be there. Sadly, the only woman she really relates to is Keri Daly, her liberal counterpart and sparring partner. Everyone knows Evelyn’s a brilliant strategist, but can Wright ever get her personal life right? Written by Stephanie Weir (Mad TV), Andy Fickman directs and is one of the executive producers of this single camera comedy along with Debra Messing, Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development), and Betsy Thomas (My Boys). Wright Vs. Wrong is the workplace comedy that shows that even the toughest and most opinionated public figures are privately just as insecure as the rest of us.

Starring: Debra Messing

Status: ?

Commentary: First of all, I’d like to note how many of these pilots star women. It’s really refreshing to see a network do that once in a while. Now, Steve McPherson (pres of ABC) says that he’s looking for shows that are “on-brand” (which is “alternate programming”, whatever that means) as well as repeatable. Also, don’t expect more than one comedy night out of ABC.

In terms of dramas, no surprise that ABC ordered only one sci-fi shows. They’ve tried to pickup the Lost audience and failed miserably every time. Will No Ordinary Family get picked up? It sounds a bit… dumb, but it stars Buffy and Angel alum Julia Benz, so I’m obviously rooting for it. Same with True Blue.

I’ve heard that ABC doesn’t really like many of its comedy pilots. That’s ok, they get to be picky with such as strong line-up. I have heard, however, that Wright vs. Wrong is supposed to be awesome. Expect that to join Wendesdays, probably in a later timeslot.

NBC:

Drama:

The Cape

A former cop is set up as a criminal and becomes a masked hero to clear his name.

Starring: David Lyons

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Chase

“Chase” is a new action-procedural drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the “CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “The Pirates of the Caribbean” feature films). “Chase,” based on a real-life group and set in the American Southwest, follows a crucial fugitive apprehension team comprised of U.S. Marshals that tracks down the nation’s most notorious criminals. Tension builds as the cat-and-mouse game of the ultimate search escalates in each episode. The series is from Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Joining Bruckheimer as executive producers are Jennifer Johnson (“Cold Case”) and Jonathan Littman (“CSI,” “Cold Case”).

Starring: Cole Hauser

Status: SERIES ORDERED

The Event

“The Event” is a thriller with a unique storytelling device that features multiple points of view concerning a decent, regular fellow who battles against mysterious circumstances that envelope a larger conspiracy. Universal Media Studios produces the pilot that includes Steve Stark (“Medium”) as the executive producer; Nick Wauters (“The 4400”) is the co-executive producer/writer. Casting will be announced later.

Starring: Jason Ritter

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Kindreds Harry’s Law

“Kindreds,” created by Emmy Award winner David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice,” “L.A. Law”), follows a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer and his group of misfit associates as their lives come together to form an unconventional kind of law practice. The series is from Warner Bros. Television and David E. Kelley Productions. Kelley is the writer and executive producer.

Starring: Ben Chaplin

Law & Order: Los Angeles

Starring: ?

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Love Bites

Loosely connected stories of love, sex and marriage revolving around two characters.

Starring: Becki Newton

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Prime Suspect

“Prime Suspect” is based on the award-winning BBC series centering on a courageous female detective who investigates complex mysteries in a politically explosive big city. Casting will be announced later. The pilot is produced by Universal Media Studios and ITV. Hank Steinberg (“Without a Trace”) and Erwin Stoff (“The Blind Side”) are the executive producers.

Starring: ?

Status: PASS

Rex is Not Your Lawyer

A brilliant attorney begins coaching people who represent themselves.

Starring: David Tennant

Status: PASS

The Rockford Files

“The Rockford Files,” the successful NBC drama from the 1970s is re-imagined by executive producers David Shore (“House”) and Steve Carell (NBC’s “The Office”). The title character, Jim Rockford, remains a roguish private eye who tackles the dangerous, quirky and unpredictable cases that no other detective wants to handle. The pilot is from Universal Media Studios and Carousel Productions.

Starring: Dermont Mulroney

Status: PASS

Rough Justice Garza Outlaw

Drama which follows an ex-Supreme Court justice who quits the court to start his own legal practice.

Starring: Jimmy Smits

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Undercovers

“Undercovers,” a domesticated husband and wife return from years in retirement and are re-activated as CIA agents. As they work together for the first time on new cases, they discover new aspects from their past – even as they re-ignite their passion for each other. J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the 2009 feature film “Star Trek”), Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) and Josh Reims (“Dirty Sexy Money”) are the executive producers; Abrams and Reims are the writers. The pilot is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions.

Starring: Boris Kodjoe

Status: SERIES ORDER

Comedy:

The Adam Carolla Show

Among the comedies is the Adam Carolla comedy project that features the humorous radio and TV personality Carolla (“The Man Show,” “The Hammer”) as a contractor who sets out to re-build his life following a divorce. The pilot is produced by Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun. The executive producers are Carolla, Kevin Hench (The Hammer”), Jon Pollack (NBC’s “30 Rock”), Jimmy Kimmel (“The Jimmy Kimmel Show”), Gail Berman (NBC’s “Mercy”), Lloyd Braun (NBC’s “Mercy”), Daniel Kellison (“The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “The Man Show”) and James Dixon (“Ace in the Hole”).

Starring: Adam Carolla

Status: PASS

Beach Lane

A celebrity author is hired by an irresponsible millionaire heir to run his struggling small-town newspaper.

Starring: Matthew Broderick

Status: PASS

Friends with Benefits

Romance through the eyes of five friends.

Starring: Fran Kranz

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Nature vs. Nurture

A heart surgeon reunites with his birth father and underachieving brothers.

Starring: Jay Harrington

Status: PASS

Next

Paul Reiser tries to balance life as husband, father and friend.

Starring: Paul Reiser

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Our Show

Friends begin making episodes of their favorite sci-fi show after it ends

Starring: Jonathan Sadowski

Status: PASS

Outsourced

A demoted manager is shipped to India to oversee customer-service reps.

Starring: Ben Rappaport

Status: SERIES ORDERED

Perfect Couples

Comedy about three couples at various stages of their relationships.

Starring: Olivia Munn

Status: SERIES ORDERED

The Pink House

Two men move to Los Angeles to begin the next chapter in their post-college lives.

Starring: Michael Cassidy

Status: PASS

The Strip

A former child star becomes owner of a Hooters-style bar outside Las Vegas.

Starring: Tom Lennon

Status: PASS

This Little Piggy

An underemployed woman and her materialistic brother move in with their older sibling.

Starring: Ben Koldyke

Status: PASS

Commentary: Ohhhh, NBC. First of all, there are in a huge pickle for next year. After getting rid of Leno at 10, they now need to fill the 10pm slot every night. That’s 5 hours right there, plus other slots they have to fill. They easily ordered the most pilots out of any other network. They say that they’re looking to pick up 5-6 dramas and 4-5 comedies.

In terms of drama, The Cape, Chase, and Undercovers will most likely get picked up. The other 2-3 are up in the air and depend on the quality of the pilot plus what they want to pair it with. For comedies, NBC says they might even start another night of comedy if they pick up enough. I’ve heard nothing about them, but I hope Friends with Benefits gets picked up. It’s be nice to have Fran Kranz back on my TV.

Either way, good year to make an NBC pilot – there’s a good chance you’ll end up on screen.

That’s all folks! Questions? Comments? I’ll try to update this as soon as I hear stuff to let you know. Comment away!

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