Pilot Season Lingo Guide (Including the 'Scary' Second Position), Plus a List of Picked-Up Pilots


Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2012-13 TV season, going network by network (EP = executive producer, W = writer, DIR = the pilot’s director):

Terry O'Quinn

666 Park Ave (Warner Bros/Alloy)
W/EP: David Wilcox (Fringe)
EP: Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo
DIR: Alex Graves
CAST: Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives), Mercedes Masohn (The Finder), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy),
Based on Alloy’s book series by Gabriella Pierce, the show is set up at a historic apartment buildings in New York City and centers on a young couple who become its managers. They unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the residence.

Anthony LaPaglia, Emilie De Ravin

Americana (ABC Studios/Mark Gordon)
W/EP: Michael Seitzman (North Country)
EP: Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper
DIR: Phillip Noyce
CAST: Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace), Christine Adams (Terra Nova), David Alpay (The Borgias), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Annabeth Gish (Pretty Little Liars/The West Wing), Tiffany Hines (Nikita)
A soap set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business.

Awesometown (20th Century Fox)
EP: Adam Sztykiel, Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone
CAST: Ben Rappaport (Outsourced), Nick Kocher (I Just Want My Pants Back), James Earl III (Glee), Dennis Miller (SNL)
Based on Sztykiel’s own experiences in a long-distance relationship, the show follows a group of 24-year-old guys who move to a new city, one of them choosing to stay in relationship even though his girlfriend is now 2,000 miles away.

Judy Greer

American Judy (ABC Studios)
W/EP: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
EP: David Gardner, Peter Principato and Paul Young
CAST: Judy Greer (Producer), Ken Marino (Party Down), Mimi Kennedy (Dharma & Greg), Elaine Hendrix (Joan of Arcadia), Eric Ash
It centers on a cosmopolitan woman (Greer) who gets married and becomes a fish out of water in the suburbs having to juggle step-kids, her mother-in-law, and the ex-wife of her husband who also happens to be the town sheriff. The show is based on Judy’s personal life.


Darius Campbell

Beauty and the Beast (ABC Studios)
W/EP: Jonathan E. Steinberg (Jericho)
EP: Gery Fleder, Mary Beth Basile
P: Gary Fleder
DIR: Yves Simoneau (V)
CAST: Ruth Bradley, Darius Campbell (as the Beast), Chris Egan (Kings), F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Wendy Crewson (ReGenesis, 24)
A period/fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.

Counter Culture (Sony and ABC Studios)
W/EP: Stephnie Weir
EP: Claudia Lonow
CAST: Margo Martindale (A Gifted Man), Luis Guzman, Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Ken Howard (30 Rock)
The show revolves around three aging sisters running their family diner together in West Texas who find that sibling dynamics are always getting in the way of getting the job done.

Roselyn Sanchez

Devious Maids (ABC Studios)
W/EP: Marc Cherry
EP: Paul Presburger, Sabrina Wind, Televisa’s Michael Garcia and John Mass, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, Eva Longoria
DIR: Paul McGuigan
CAST: Dania Ramirez (Heroes), Judy Reyes (Scrubs), Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Rebecca Wisocky (American Horror Story), Roselyn Sanchez (Without A Trace), Brianna Brown (General Hospital), Susan Lucci (All My Children), Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars), Brett Cullen (Damages), Grant Show (Swingtown), Mariana Klaveno (True Blood)
Based on the Mexican format, this soap follows four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.

Blythe Danner

Gilded Lillys (ABC Studios)
W/EP: KJ Steinberg
EP: Shondaland (Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers)
CAST: Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) and Madeline Zima (Californication), Brian F. O’Byrne (Prime Suspect), John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights), Matt Long (Mad Men), Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives), Maury Sterling (Homeland)
Set in 1895, this epic love story follows the opening of the first grand luxury hotel in NY, against a backdrop of vicious family rivalries, scandalous secrets, and conflict and comingling of classes.

Lennie James

Gotham (20th Century TV)
EP: Michael Green, Erwin Stoff
DIR: Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend)
CAST: Megan Ketch, Lennie James (Jericho)
Centers on a female cop (Ketch) who, after pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, discovers a magical world that exists within New York City.

Sarah Chalke

How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (20th/Imagine TV)
EP: Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose)
CAST: Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Jon Dore, Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Rebecca Delgado Smith
An outrageous multi-camera comedy centering on Polly, a recently divorced, single mom, who moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max (Garrett), a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries.

Andre Braugher

Last Resort (Sony Pictures TV)
EP/W: Shawn Ryan (The Shield)
W: Karl Gajdusek (The Shield)
DIR: Martin Campbell (Casino Royale)
CAST: Daniel Lissing, Andre Braugher (Homicide), Autumn Reeser (No Ordinary Family), Daisy Betts (Harry’s Law), Scott Speedman (Felicity), Camille de Pazzis, Jessy Schram (Once Upon a Time), Max Adler (Glee), Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse), Bruce Davison (Covert Affairs)
A thriller set in the near future when the country is very fractured and revolves around the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who become hunted fugitives after ignoring an order to fire nuclear missiles.

Reba McEntire

Malibu Country (ABC Studios)
EP: Reba McEntire, Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel, Pam Williams, Dave Stewart and Narvel Blackstock
W: Kevin Abbott
CAST: Reba McEntire, Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect), Lily Tomlin
A recent divorcee moves her kids and mom from Nashville to Malibu, where she tries to reignite her singing career while keeping herself and her family kids from being corrupted by their materialistic new environs.

Jonathan Jackson

Nashville
W/EP: Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise)
DIR/EP: RJ Cutler (The September Issue)
CAST: Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Eric Close (Without A Trace), Powers Boothe (Deadwood), Robert Wisdom (The Wire)
A family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise.

Only Fools And Horses (ABC Studios)
W: Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley
CAST: Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!). John Leguizamo, Dustin Ybarra, Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future)
Based on the British format. It follows the misadventures of two streetwise brothers who scrape by selling unreliable goods believing that at any moment they could become millionaires.

Lee Tergesen

Penoza (ABC Studios, Endemol Studios)
EP: Melissa Rosenberg, Alon Aranya and Howard Klein
CAST: Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill), Lee Tergesen (Oz)
Based on the Dutch format. It centers on the widow (Mitchell) of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family.

Kal Penn

Prairie Dogs (ABC Studios)
W/EP: That ’70s Show‘s Jackie and Jeff Filgo
CAST: Kal Penn (House), Michaela Watkins (SNL), Nick Zano (2 Broke Girls), Cary Elwes (Saw)
When an uncool cubicle worker is the victim of identity theft, he discovers the thief created a much more fulfilling life with his identity than he ever did — and thus  he engages the conman to help him change his life.

Natalie Portman

Scruples (Flame Ventures, WBTV)
W/EP: Bob Brush, Mel Harris
EP: Tony Krantz, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch
DIR: Michael Sucsy (The Vow)
CAST: Claire Forlani (CSI: NY), Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers), Jessica McNamee, Karine Vanasse (Pan Am), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill)
Based on the Judith Krantz novel, this sexy soap set in the late 1970s follows a socialite who, following the death of her husband, seeks to open a fashion forward boutique in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Portia de Rossi

The Smart One
W/EP: Donald Todd (Samantha Who?)
EP: Ellen DeGeneres and Lauren Corrao (The Job)
CAST: Portia de Rossi, Malin Akerman, Jean Smart, David Arquette
A brilliant and successful woman begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister — a former beauty queen and weather girl who is now a big-city mayor.


Jami Gertz

Untitled Dan Fogelman Comedy
W/EP: Dan Fogelman
EP: Chris Koch and Aaron Kapan
DIR: Chris Koch
CAST: Jami Gertz (Still Standing), Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Tim Jo, Lenny Venito
Single-camera comedy pilot centered on a family who moves to an upscale New Jersey community only to discover their neighbors are actually aliens.

Mandy Moore

Untitled Mandy Moore Comedy (20th Century)
EP/DIR: Shawn Levy
EP: Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements
P: John Leshay
CAST: Mandy Moore, Majandra Delfino (Roswell), Stockard Channing (The West Wing), Kurt Fuller (Better With You), Eva La Rue (CSI: Miami), Nelson Franklin (Traffic Light), Erinn Hayes (Worst Week)
Centers on newlyweds who get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in the wife’s hometown, bringing her closer to her needy and high maintenance family.

Untitled Presidential Drama (Mark Gordon Co./ABC Studios)
EP: Mark Gordon
DIR: Roland Emmerich
W: Emmerich and Harald Kloser
CAST: Max Thieriot, Gabriella Wilde, Yaya DaCosta (Ugly Betty), Linus Roache (Law & Order), Martin Landau
The project is set in New York City against the backdrop of the Presidential race of 2012. It centers on a young astrophysics student who learns his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between Heaven and Hell.

JK Simmons

White Van Man (ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Co.)
W: Bobby Bowman (My Name is Earl), Mark Gordon, Andrea Shay
DIR: Michael Fresco
CAST: JK Simmons, Danielle Nicolet (The Starter Wife), Kyle Bornheimer (Perfect Couples), Leah Remini (King of Queens), Edi Gathegi (House), Jonny Pemberton (Aim High)
Blue collar ensemble based on British series of the same name.

Scott Michael Foster

Zero Hour (ABC Studios)
EP: Paul Scheuring (Prison Break), Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott.
CAST: Scott Michael Foster (Greek), Carmen Ejogo (Kidnapped), Anthony Edwards (ER), Michael Nyqvist (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Jacinda Barrett, Carmen Ejogo
Centers on a man who, in a bizarre twist of fate, is pulled into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history after spending 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine.

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