Pilot Season 2013: Get Scoop on This Fall's (Possible) Newcomers, and Who's In Them
Bad Management (Comedy)
EPs | Sharon Horgan (the UK’s Pulling), Holly Walsh, Aaron Kaplan
DIRECTOR | Ben Taylor (Kuckoo)
CAST | Sharon Horgan, David Spade (Rules of Engagement), Rachael Harris (Notes From the Underbelly), Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), Greta Lee, E.J. Bonilla, Bradley Dodds
A slightly self-centered female boss at a high end luxury goods department store finds her ways challenged when the boss’s son comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus in this single-cam comedy.
EP | David Zabel (ER)
DIRECTOR | Patty Jenkins (The Killing)
CAST | James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum), Henry Thomas (E.T.), Hannah Ware (Boss), Stuart Townsend (Night Stalker), Chris Johnson (The Vampire Diaries), Wendy Moniz (Damages), Elizabeth McLaughlin, Braeden Lamasters
A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.
Big Thunder (Drama)
EPs | Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift), Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious), Melissa Rosenberg (Red Widow, Twilight)
DIRECTOR | Rob Bowman (Castle)
CAST | Ed MacLiam (EastEnders), Pierce Gagnon (One Tree Hill), Ana De La Reguera (Eastbound & Down), Zahn McClarnon, Alex Hassell, Alex Meraz, Ruth Bradley, Spencer Locke
A late 19th century New York doctor and his family relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon. Unfortunately, they quickly realize that not everything in the titular city is as it seems. (Inspired by the Disney Parks ride Thunder Mountain Railroad.)
Divorce: A Love Story (Comedy)
EPs | Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin (Rules of Engagement)
DIRECTOR | Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother)
CAST | Andrea Anders (Mr. Sunshine, Better Off Ted), Jason Jones (Daily Show), Adam Goldberg (NYC 22), Regina King (Southland)
Based on the Israeli format, the multi-cam comedy centers on Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple, who were bad together but discover they’re even worse apart and can’t seem to stay out of each others’ lives.
EP | David Shore (House)
DIRECTOR | Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing, Pan Am)
CAST | Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder), Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy), Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias), Carla Gugino (Political Animals), John Pankow (Mad About You, Episodes), Kacey Rohl (Hannibal), Mercedes Ruehl
A legal drama focused on on a former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife.
EPs | Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy), Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Reaper)
DIRECTOR | Anand Tucker (Leap Year)
CAST | Raza Jaffrey (Smash), Chris Egan (Kings), Tom Ellis (Merlin), Janet Montgomery (Jersey Girl), Tracie Thoms (Cold Case), Emma Booth (Underbelly), Seth Gabel (Fringe), Melissa George (Hunted, Alias)
A modern-day Gothic soap that weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others.
How the Hell Am I Normal (Comedy)
EPs | Adam Goldberg
CAST | Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Darien Provost (Tooth Fairy), George Segal (Retired at 35), Troy Gentile (Hotel For Dogs)
The ’80s-set potential series revolves around an overbearing, hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth. Nonetheless, she’s a very dedicated mom.
EP | Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star)
CAST | Steve Zahn (Treme), Megalyn Echikunwoke (Made in Jersey), Cedric Sanders, Gregory Marcel, Wynn Everett (The Newsroom)
A workplace ensemble centered on the relationship between two brothers — a bipolar genius in human psychology and a slick ex-con — who head a unique agency designed to solve problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.
Keep Calm and Karey On (Comedy)
EPs | Andrea Abbate (Accidentally On Purpose), Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements
CAST | Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother), Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords), Steve Talley (Pretty Little Liars), Haley Lu Richardson
The single-cam comedy centers on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists.
Killer Women (Drama)
EPs | Hannah Shakespeare (The Playboy Club), Ben Silverman, Sofia Vergara, Luis Balaguer, Martin Campbell
DIRECTOR | Lawrence Trilling (Parenthood, Alias)
CAST | Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Marc Blucas (Necessary Roughness), Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), Alex Fernandez (Commander in Chief), Marta Milans
Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, it centers on the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers — a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
Lucky 7 (Drama)
EP | David Zabel (ER), Jason Richman
CAST | Matt Long (Jack & Bobby), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (The Wire), Stephen Louis Grush, Summer Bishil (Towelhead), Anastasia Phillips (Skins), Christine Evangelista, Lorraine Bruce, Luis Antonio Ramos
A show about seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot.
Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. (Drama)
EPs | Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse)
CAST | Ming-Na (ER), Clark Gregg (reprising his Avengers role), Elizabeth Henstridge (Hollyoaks), Iain De Caestecker (Coronation Street), Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln), Chloe Bennet (Nashville)
The adventures of the agents of a covert, quasi-military peace-keeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. (or the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), which was featured in last summer’s Avengers movie.
Middle Age Rage (Comedy)
EPs | Cheryl Holliday (Mike & Molly), Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacy Traub (Glee)
CAST | Annie Mumolo, Melanie Leishman, Will Sasso (MADtv), Wyatt Oleff, Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine)
In the single-cam sitcom, a middle aged mother who is fed up with feeling invisible begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.
EPs | Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, The Change-Up)
DIRECTOR | Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
CAST | Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time), Kate Simses (What’s Your Number), Blake Lee (Parks & Recreation), Andrew Santino (Punk’d), Vanessa Lengies (Glee), Adam Campbell (Harper’s Island), Craig Frank, Alexis Carra, Ginger Gonzaga (Ted)
Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept single-cam comedy chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night.
Murder in Manhattan (Drama)
EP | Maria Maggenti (Without a Trace)
CAST | Annie Potts (GCB), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse), Brendan Hines (Lie To Me)
A New York-based mother and daughter team up as amateur sleuths.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Drama)
EPs | Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Jane Espenson and Zack Estrin (Prison Break)
CAST | Sophie Lowe, Peter Gadiot, Michael Socha (the UK’s Being Human), Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks)
The presentation/potential spin-off features Wonderland both post- and pre-curse.
EPs | Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office)
DIRECTOR | Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect)
CAST | Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live), June Diane Raphael (New Girl), Kristen Schaal (30 Rock), Matt Oberg
Centers on three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.
EP | Chris Black (Mad Men), Martin Campbell (Last Resort)
CAST | Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Ashton Holmes (Revenge), Ernie Hudson (Last Resort), Eloise Mumford (The River), Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker), Parminder Nagra (ER), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Lyndon Smith (90210), Bess Armstrong (House of Lies), Stephen Lang (Terra Nova)
Features a resourceful problem solver doing all he can to free his wife, who has been unjustly imprisoned overseas during a political uprising. However, when stymied by the US government in the name of diplomacy, he’s forced to consider less-than-legal options to secure her release.
The Returned (Drama)
EPs | Aaron Zelman (The Killing), JoAnn Alfano (30 Rock), Jon Liebman (Ringer), Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
CAST | Omar Epps (House), Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show), Devin Kelley (Covert Affairs), Frances Fisher, Samaire Armstrong (The Mentalist), Sam Hazeldine, Nicholas Gonzalez (Off the Map, Melrose Place), Mark Hildreth, Landon Gimenez
The potential series asks the provocative question, “What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.”
She’s Got Balls (Comedy)
EPs | Mark and Robb Cullen (Las Vegas), Aaron Kaplan, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
DIRECTORS | John Requa and Glenn Ficarra
CAST | James Caan (Las Vegas), Ben Koldyke (How I Met Your Mother, Big Love), Maggie Lawson (Psych), Griffin Gluck (Private Practice), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human)
When Terry Gannon, a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. Single-camera.
EPs | Simeon Goulden (creator of the British series of the same name), Jimmy Mulville, Helen Williams, Simeon Goulden
DIRECTOR | Alex Hardcastle
CAST | Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital, The Daily Show), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate), Mason Cook (Mockingbird Lane), Ken Jeong (Community), Camille Guaty (Cupid), Moshe Kasher
Based on the UK satire, a well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy dad.
Super Fun Night (Comedy)
EPs | Rebel Wilson, Conan O’Brien, John Riggi
CAST | Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect), Lauren Ash (Lost Girl), Liza Lapira (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom)
Three nerdy female friends embark on a quest to have super fun every Friday night in the single-cam project (which was originally developed as a multi-cam comedy last spring at CBS).
Untitled John Leguizamo Project (Comedy)
EP | John Leguizamo, Jeff Astrof (Grounded For Life)
CAST | John Leguizamo (ER, My Name Is Earl), Luke Ganalon (Don’t Trust the B—- In Apartment 23), Andrea Savage, Elizabeth Pena (Off the Map), Troy Garity (Boss)
Based on the actor-comedian’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the Upper West Side of New York. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality. Multi-cam.
EP | Byron Balasco (Without a Trace), Ilene Chaiken (The L Word)
DIRECTOR | McG (Chuck, Charlie’s Angels)
CAST | Jennifer Beals (The L Word), Odette Annable (House), Luke Bracey (Home and Away), Bruce Greenwood (The River), Michael Graziadei (The Young and the Restless), Lincoln Lewis (Home and Away), Dean Winters (30 Rock), Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital), Brooklyn Sudano (My Wife and Kids), guest star Jessica Lu (Awkward)
The Romeo and Juliet-esque soap focuses on two rival families living in “California’s most seductive ‘city,’” and the forbidden and dangerous romance that emerges between them.