Pilot Season 2014: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible) New Shows and Who's Starring In Them


MINI-ABC-logoOur running update of pilots ordered for the 2013-14 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

Agatha (Drama)
EPs | Tom Donaghy (Without a Trace), Mark Gordon and Michael McDonald
CAST | Erik Palladino (NCIS:LA), Christian Keyes (Beauty and the Beast), Bojana Novakovic (Rake), Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), Daniel Henney (Revolution)
In this character-driven procedural, a former convict turned big city criminologist is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. The chief detective she’s been hired to help is her father – and they haven’t talked in fifteen years.

Felicity HuffmanAmerican Crime(Drama)
EPs | John Ridley (The Wanda Sykes Show, Third Watch), Michael McDonald
CAST | Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Benito Martinez (Sons of Anarchy), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses), Richard Cabral
Set in California’s Central Valley, it centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. The case takes on greater meaning in the community, bringing to the forefront America’s hardened views on race, class and gender politics.

An American Education (Comedy)Brittany Snow An American Education
EPs | Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory, Jack Whitehall, Ben Cavey
CAST | Jack Whitehall (Bad Education), Brittany Snow (Harry’s Law), Rosie Perez (Lipstick Jungle), Devin Ratray, Phil Morris, Dalpre Grayer
Based on a UK series, it follows Alfie Wickers, an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system who is a British transplant. Alfie loves his students, but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. He juggles his time between mentoring his students, bucking the system and pursuing the attractive new chemistry teacher.

120910593JN023_Monique_LhuiThe Astronaut Wives Club (Drama) — ORDERED TO SERIES
EP | Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl)
DIRECTOR | Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook)
CAST | JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time, Better With You, Gossip Girl), Odette Annable (House), Azure Parsons (True Detective), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl), Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood & Sand), Dominique McElligott (Hell on Wheels), Bret Harrison (Orange County), Aaron McCusker (Shameless, Dexter), Joel Johnstone (The Newsroom), Kenneth Mitchell (Switched at Birth, Jericho)

Black-ish (Comedy)Anthony Anderson Black-ish
EPs | Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Larry Wilmore, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Tom Russo, Peter Principato, Paul Young, Brian Dobbins
CAST | Anthony Anderson (Guys With Kids), Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends), Yara Shahidi (Scandal), recurring star Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal)
An upper-middle class black man struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, color-blind kids.

Clementine (Drama)
EPs | Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate), Ilene Staple, Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy), Nick Pepper
CAST | David Strathairn (Alphas), Sarah Snook, Edwin Hodge (Cougar Town), Kevin Alejandro (Arrow, True Blood), Kathleen Munroe (Alphas), Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless), Mykelti Williamson (Justified)
A habitual criminal digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil.

The Club (Drama) — ORDERED TO SERIES
EPs | David O. Russell (American Hustle), Susannah Grant (A Gifted Man), Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly
CAST | Betsy Brandt (The Michael J. Fox Show), Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers), Callie Hernandez, Chris Conroy
An upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club.

Justin HartleyDamaged Goods (Comedy)
EP | Lauren Iungerich (Awkward)
CAST | Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood, The Good Wife), Steve Talley (Pretty Little Liars), Justin Hartley (Revenge), Kellee Stewart (My Boys), Ben Lawson (Neighbours), Jennifer Aspen (GCB), Kyle Jones
A look at the sexual politics that have changed between men and women in this post-feminist era.

Exposed (Drama)
EPs | Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Jenny Gilbertsson, Berna Levin
CAST | Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise),Sandrine Holt (House of Cards, Hostages), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Brian F. O’Byrne (Prime Suspect, FlashForward), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), Peter De Jersey
Adapted from Liza Marklund’s best-selling novels, it centers on an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, including making questionable alliances.

Far East Orlando (Comedy)
EPs | Nahnatchka Kahn (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), Jake Kasdan, and Melvin Mar
CAST | Constance Wu, Hudson Yang
It’s the 90’s and hip hop loving Eddie is growing up in suburban Orlando, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who is often bewildered by white culture. With his father owning and operating an All-American Steakhouse chain, this loving family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) Taiwanese Americans try to live the American dream while still maintaining their cultural identity and sense of family.

Forever (Drama)
EPs | Matt Miller (Chuck), Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz
CAST | Ioan Gruffudd (Ringer), Judd Hirsch (Damages, Numb3rs), Alana de la Garza (Law & Order), Joel David Moore (Bones), Barbara Eve Harris, Donnie Keshawarz
Dr. Henry Morgan is New York City’s star medical examiner, but what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason: He is immortal. With the help of detective Jo Martinez, the show peels back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life through their cases.

Galavant (Comedy)
EPs | Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors)
CAST| Joshua Sasse (Rogue), Vinnie Jones (Elementary), Karen David, Mallory Jansen, Luke Youngblood (Community), guest star Timothy Omundson (Psych)
A musical fairy tale that centers on handsome Prince Galavant and his quest for revenge over the king who stole his one true love.

How to Get Away (Drama)
EPs | Peter Nowalk (Grey’s Anatomy), Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers
CAST | Viola Davis, Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black), Liza Weil (Scandal, Gilmore Girls), Aja Naomi King (The Black Box), Charlie Weber (90210), Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries), Billy Brown (Hostages), Tom Verica (American Dreams), Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza
A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot that will rock the entire university and change the course of their lives.

David Schwimmer ABC PilotIrreversible (Comedy)
EPs | Segahl Avin (Bilti Hafich), Peter Tolan (Rescue Me), Michael Wimer, Reshet TV
CAST | David Schwimmer (Friends), Jessica Knappett, Iris Bahr
Based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich, it centers on Andy and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves.

Keep It Together (Comedy)
EPs | Kevin Hart, Dave Becky, Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan (Community)
CAST | Romany Malco (Weeds), Ryan Michelle Bathe (Army Wives), Jayson Blair (The New Normal), Bresha Webb, Jeff Ross, recurring guest star Kevin Hart
Based on Kevin Hart’s life and stand-up, it takes a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite differences.

Manhattan Love Story (Comedy)
EPs | Jeff Lowell (Two and a Half Men), Peter Traugott
CAST | Jake McDorman (Shameless), Nicolas Wright (Accidentally on Purpose), Chloe Wepper, Analeigh Tipton, Jade Catta-Preta, Kurt Fuller
A romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship.

Saint Francis (comedy)
EPs | Chris Moynihan, Ron West and Kelly Kulchak
CAST | Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue), Spencer Grammer (Ironside, Greek), Jeremy Luke (Mob City), Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
A blue-collar, no-nonsense, Long Island Cop and family man butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock.

Sea of Fire (Drama)Jennifer Carpenter Sea of Fire
EPs | Jenna Bans (Scandal), Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks, Robert Kievit, Frank Ketelaar
CAST | Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Jack Davenport (Smash), Michael Trucco (BSG, Killer Women), Lilli Birdsell (The Walking Dead), Christina Chang (Nashville), Jeffrey Nordling (24, Killer Women), Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Amanda Detmer (Necessary Roughness), Morgan Taylor Campbell (The Killing)
When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface in a small town. Based on the Dutch series Vuurzee.

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EPs | Barbie Kligman, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
CAST | Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez (Under The Dome), Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland (Private Practice), Indiana Evans (Lifetime’s Blue Lagoon reboot), recurring players Charles Dutton, Steven Brand (Magic City) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead)
A family man finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. He has no choice but to try to find the real killer as his marriage, his kids, his reputation, and his sanity are all at stake.

Selfie (Comedy)
EP | Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory)
CAST | Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), John Cho (Sleepy Hollow), David Harewood (Homeland), Tim Peper, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Allyn Rachel
A self-obsessed twentysomething woman is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media “followers” than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.

Strange Calls (Comedy)
EPs | Donick Cary (New Girl), Ruben Fleischer, Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
Good-hearted, bumbling Boston cop Toby Banks is exiled to night duty on Nantucket island, where strange, unexplainable occurrences become the norm nine months out of the year. Working out of a creaky lighthouse on the outskirts of town, he is teamed with Gregor, the eccentric lighthouse keeper and local paranormal authority. The two make an unlikely crimefighting duo dealing with the “strange calls” that come into the station at night. Based on an Australian series.

Untitled Brian Gallivan Project (Comedy)
EPs | Brian Gallivan, Will Gluck, Richie Schwartz
CAST | Molly Shannon (Enlightened, SNL), Paul F. Tompkins, Tessa Albertson
Centers on an overworked father dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages but rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation.

Katie HolmesUntitled Richard LaGravenese Project (Drama)
EPs | LaGravenese (The Fisher King), Erwin Stoff, Ilene Staple and Wren Arthur
CAST | Katie Holmes, Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour), Melissa George (The Good Wife, Alias), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Smash), Oded Fehr (Covert Affairs), Britne Oldford (Ravenswood)
Set in New York City, it revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others.

Warriors Eloise MumfordWarriors (Drama)
EPs | Chris Keyser (Party of Five)
CAST | Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Eloise Mumford (The River), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Don Hany (Australia’s Serangoon Road), Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Steve Kazee (Elementary), Justina Machado (Private Practice), Hampton Fluker (The Blind Side), Abbie Cobb (Suburgatory)
The series will follow the best and brightest of active duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan, on military families and veterans, as well as administering to Washington’s government elite.

The Whispers (Drama)
EPs | Dawn Olmstead, Soo Hugh (Under the Dome), Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Steven Spielberg
DIRECTOR | Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, Locke & Key)
CAST | Barry Sloane (Revenge), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Derek Webster (Revolution), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Brianna Brown (Devious Maids, Homeland)
Based on a Ray Bradbury short story, it chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us.

The Winklers (Comedy)
EPs | Max Winkler, Rob Reinis and Jake Johnson, The Walcott Company
CAST | Judith Light (Dallas), Eva Amurri Martino (Californication), Josh Sussman (Glee), Joseph A. Nunez (NCIS), Domenick Lombardozzi
Based on the Winklers lives, this multi-cam comedy (which may star Henry Winkler) centers on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his oversharing in-laws.

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