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.

Secrets & Lies (Drama) — ORDERED TO SERIESryan_phillippe--300x300
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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135 Comments
  1. bluefairy says:

    It’s no biggie, but you should know the huge CLICK HERE links don’t work ;)

  2. Pickle8182 says:

    For the life of me, I can not figure out why “Two Broke Girls” is still on. CBS disappointing me. Along with the new casting on NCIS! I hope there’s some good ones coming up. There was a time I knew what I’d watch each day of the week. Now, excpet for the ones we all love, I’m searching.

    • Kate says:

      Because “Two Broke Girls” is hilarious. Admittedly stupid humor most of the time, but still hilarious. LIghten up a little.

      • Jake says:

        I second that comment!

      • Willamuhse says:

        The main reason this show is growing stale is the constant explaining of the joke .” I’m talking about my penis.” Yeah we get it.

      • deb jones says:

        I think NCIS made the biggest mistake ever for letting Ziva go. She and Tony finally can to where it took seasons to get to. No different than NCIS LA with LL COOL J AND THE BEAUTIFUL LADY that protrays his wife! GIVE HER ANYTHING AND BRING HER BACK!

        • Nobody says:

          You can’t make someone stay against their will,we had a little argument about that 150 years ago.
          Look it up.
          And the character in NCIS LA means so much to you that you can’t be bothered to find her name.
          OK.

      • missteff says:

        i find the show, sick but really funny. not to many shows hold my interest these days!

    • Alex says:

      I don’t like the show either, but obviously it’s still on because it’s fairly popular and not everyone shares your tastes in programming.

    • I look forward to two broke girls. So don’t mess with them. Really can’t figure out what type of person you are. Probably a republican.

  3. Linda says:

    ABC: There are a couple here that I anticipate and both are un-named. David O. Russell’s ‘upstairs/downstairs’ effort AND brilliant dialogue writer; Richard LaGravenese’s, set in NYC drama. The rest, I will tune in regardless, as they come to air

  4. Soso says:

    Emerald City is ordered to series and is on NBC not on ABC… also why there is not supernatural spin off’s backdoor pilot?

    • Edward says:

      Because a backdoor pilot is just another episode of an existing series that also functions as a pilot. An actual pilot is a separate project not part of a series production schedule. And this list is only talking about actual pilots

      • Alex says:

        Wrong! The CBS section includes a summary of the NCIS backdoor pilot “NCIS: New Orleans.” This contradicts your smug explanation. :D

        • wingsstef says:

          Maybe it was updated recently but I did see a Supernatural spin-off mentioned. They called it a “planned pilot” instead of a “backdoor pilot” however. Or was it “planted” but anyway.

  5. Linda says:

    FOX: There are some seriously sounding good shows here and I’m actually excited, because many are ‘out of the box’ original ideas – just sick and tired of all of the cops/detectives series (drama and comedy). Thank you FOX!

    • jenna says:

      agree! I’m most excited about the 2 tina fey shows (tooken and cabot college) but theres a number of fox shows that sound interesting! Particularly Sober Companion and Mulaney

  6. Kate says:

    What about the Lauren Graham one the CW are thinking of developing?

  7. Linda says:

    NBC: Some potentials here.. Coercion, Ellen-More Or Less, Lifesaver, Mr. Robinson, The Pro, Old Soul and Tooken (did you see her hosting for Ellen last week when Ellen was ill?).She’s adorable, so I’m wishing her luck.

  8. Kris says:

    I have to say that i am disappointed. Is there nothing better to write about than law/crime/politics? And even the ones that do not fall under those categories do not sound that interesting.

    • Natália says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Only a few shows appears with a different proposal.

      • Mary S says:

        INTELLIGENCE had a wonderfully intriguing premise! And they put it in one of the worst timeslots of the week, between Castle and The Blacklist – it couldn’t have found an audience if it had bee Pulitzer-prize material!!! It was not law, crime or medicine-it was spy stuff! I loved it, and they cancelled it.
        But you shouldn’t ask for something outside the norm if you’re not going to watch it: those of us who DID watch it are now losing it. If they ever DO bring in another new idea, watch the darn thing and be glad it’s there. Warehouse 13 was WAY outside the norm, did you watch it? It’s too late now, we are only one episode from the series finale…Person of Interest is outside the norm – do you watch it?? If not, you’re like the person who pores over the menu for 15 minutes, contemplates and discusses every item listed – and then orders the exact same meal every night.

      • lyn says:

        I have a idea, why dont all you people who are too smart to keep watching the same olo stupid unimaginative cop and robbers type shows get together and write something original and intellectual. Or at least submit an idea, im serious, cause I might have to start reading.

  9. Ellie says:

    To the best of my knowledge, Backstrom has a series order, not a pilot

  10. Jim says:

    Maybe ABC could cast Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the lead in Forever. That way it’ll be exactly like New Amsterdam except that NCW will be a coroner instead of a Detective.

  11. Riana says:

    I doesn’t look like there’s much worth watching right now. Maybe when more casting news comes out but the only ones I might want to see are the Brittany Snow and the Flash

  12. Ally Oop says:

    Usually I am really excited to hear of the networks`development slates but this year I`m too worried about the futures of Revolution, Nashville, Reign and Parenthood to let myself get excited. So far, I`ve been mostly disappointed with the network pilot pick-ups. There are plenty of projects in the development pipeline that caught my interest so hopefully some of them still make it through.
    CW, in particular, as per usual, has the most interesting projects in the pipeline including The Painted Girls, Unfamous, Badlands, Boots, Players, The Noise, Ctross and Red, and untitled projects by Corinne Brinkerhoff, Garcia & Harto, and Rebecca Sinclair. I have zero interest in The Flash or the Supernatural spin-off.
    NBC – NBC has plenty of good development projects as well. If done right, as a more adult, darker drama, Emerald City has the potential to be awesome. Other projects of interest for me are The Gilded Age, Lighthouse, Loteria, Paradise, Park Road, Plymouth and Timeless.
    FOX – Hieroglyph and Empire sound interesting, as do several other projects in their development slate including Atlantis, World War III, Man on Fire, Billy the Kid, Blood Brothers, Broken Girl and Far From the Tree.
    ABC`s The Astronaut`s Wives Club and An American Education interest me. I hope ABC takes a chance on either the Catherine the Great, Esmerelda or Excalibur projects.
    CBS – As usual, it has the least interesting development slate. Some projects like The Cisco Kid, Doc Ford, Generation Next, The Never List, Oasis, Salvation and The Three Behrs, have my keen interest though undoubtedly will be passed by as CBS very rarely lets anything I like through.

    • JimC says:

      “CBS very rarely lets anything I like through”

      They’re the #1 network, so we should be grateful they don’t listen to you.

      • Ray says:

        CBS is #1 only because of the preponderance of baby boomers. When that generation dies out, CBS’ numbers will rapidly fall and they will be scrambling to pander to a new set of viewers.

        • Pat says:

          WOW Ray, I did not realize that we boomers had such power over CBS. Yes, I am one of those boomers who watches CBS also, NBC, ABC, FOX ( only Bones, Sleepy Hollow & Almost Human) plus other cable channels. So for one of the preponderance of Baby Boomers, I hope to live a very long life, just to drive you crazy! PS—I hope that we boomers will also be able to control all of the networks, since we seem to have the power according to you!

        • Angela says:

          I know a lot of people in my age group (late 20s) who watch CBS-there’s a couple things on that network that I watch as well. The idea that it’s simply an “old person’s network” is not true, at least, not where I live.

          • Mary S says:

            When contemplating Immortals, there can be only one, played by Adrian Paul. As for immortals who were cops (vampires-wanting-to-be-human), there was Forever Knight and Moonlight, both of whom were cops/detectives. I really liked all three shows! I have never heard of New Amsterdam that others have mentioned…
            None of the other shows described really did much for me, but once they are on the air and I see who is in them, maybe I’ll give them a try for at least an episode or two.
            And, for the record, I am a boomer who watches 10 shows on CBS but only 2 or 3 on NBC and I think they are all on the bubble. Fox, the CW, ABC, each show me a couple that I like…but CBS does seem to know how to please me. I gave up trusting NBC when they cancelled so many of the shows I liked; then they bought Syfy and cancelled Warehouse 13 and Alphas. There are only two shows left on Syfy that I like. I have given up trusting anything that NBC does…
            Luckily, there are networks like Cloo, TNT, TNT-W, Bravo, and USA that keep me entertained the rest of the time.
            And, I have suddenly started watching the Food Channel: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is fun, along with a few cooking competitions. I did not find the Food Network until after the others started throwing me away by cancelling the shows I preferred. I am not a cook, but it fascinates me to see what others can do.
            What the Big Four seem to forget is that we are no longer a “captive” audience. When they cancel shows we like and start airing glup that they try to pass off as entertainment, we can go elsewhere! Any cable company we choose has a minimum package of 130 channels and it goes up from there. So, when we start losing the shows we love, there is absolutely nothing to ever make us watch that network ever again.

          • Wayne Adney Capehart says:

            CBS is #1 due to the fact is has some of the best shows still airing on television (mainly NCIS and The Big Bang Theory at the summit). I seem the pilots for NBC and no wonder they cancelled The Michael J. Fox Show so they could cancel some more minus the hopeful in Emerald City. ABC is making a slow comeback (It should had done Wizard of Oz) and CW is Growing plus, FOX seems to be on its game with viewers and especially young audiences, I hope. Well, CBS does seem like it’s gear towards an older audience, with Big Bang Theory being the exception, only because younger adults/ teens do not watch NCIS or as far as the numbers show I believe but I am 29 yrs. old and I watch NCIS since the middle of ten seasons and I love it. Young adults/ teens either have to much ADHD or they just don’t appreciate or give a frack about “real, good, wholesome television” and that is a sad, sad truth.

        • missteff says:

          true to that comment.

          • Mary S says:

            As one of those Baby Boomers I am thrilled that at least one network still gives us programming worth watching! And, my dear, you might as well get used to it: they consider the 15-20 years after the war ended to be the Baby Boom generation! It starts in 1946 and actually covers all the years until we graduated from high school. So, you might as well grow up and learn to enjoy some intelligent comedies NOT based on bathroom humor and sex jokes. Although, I will admit, the really good shows (Surviving jack, for example) do not last long enough to get the audience they deserve. I didn’t even see the first few episodes of SJ; I went to On Demand to see what I had missed. And now it’s already cancelled. Another good comedy is Growing Up Fisher, thankfully renewed…but the humor in those two shows may be over your head.
            That’s really a shame, and it shows the depths to which our country has fallen.

      • Ally Oop says:

        I wasn’t stating anything bad about CBS, just that it’s never been a network that usually has shows that float my boat. Currently only three shows–Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother and Hawaii Five-0–are on my watch-list though none of those are in my top 20. They tend to stay on my pvr a long time before I get around to watching them. I tend to like genre shows and prime time soaps which are rarely shows they air.

        • N tTVf says:

          Of the four shows you mentioned up-thread regarding ‘bubble’ status this May at Upfront, I think two – Nashville/ABC and Parenthood/NBC are in good shape – they’ll be back this fall’14. I look at the ABC drama pilot list – I think ABC will be very careful about canceling existing dramas after the struggles they had this past fall’13 with their new pilots.

          NBC has a pretty good list of dramas pilots, but nothing like Parenthood. The show will be back, but not on Thursday nights again, which is probably a good thing. Regarding Revolution, I think it’s over. It just didn’t work out at the earlier hour of the evening this season, and NBC has so many more similar dramas in the pipeline. Too bad – I just love Elizabeth Mitchell. I’m sure we’ll see her again in winter/spring’15 pilot season.

          The CW’s Reign is a hard call – I have gotten this show wrong from day one – I didn’t understand the show’s concept at this time last year when the pilot was first placed on the pilot list, and I still don’t fully understand it. I missed this one completely; hence, who knows? Maybe CW brings it back next fall for a ‘short-order’ of 13 episodes? Will depend greatly upon how the final CW pilot list looks. If there are many ‘great’ pilots on the list, bubble shows get short-orders at best. If the list is weak, Reign could be in a good position, but probably (certainly?) moved to another night so that the post-TVD slot at 9pm Thursday can be filled with a new show.

  13. kelly says:

    Fox, NBC, and CW have some interesting sounding ideas. I’m just so sick of the boring procedural hope some good out of the box shows make it.

  14. Daniel says:

    Ah, this is always interesting! Thanks for the handy feature! Seems that some networks don’t have a lot of pilots yet (e.g. CW and CBS), but we’ll see what it looks like within a month or so.

  15. Isaac says:

    I was really hoping to see the McCarthy’s this year, but I’m glad its back up for consideration this coming year.
    ABC sounds dull/more of the same of what they already have….
    NBC has a lot in the running. Guess they’ll have to fill a lot of spaces next year?

  16. Ally Oop says:

    Hopefully some good genre shows make it through including historical dramas, dystopic fiction dramas and supernatural dramas. I also like my primetime soaps. Please no more procedurals, including cop and lawyer shows. And a note about the supernatural shows–I think the market is saturated enough with werewolves and vampires so stay away from those. I hope one of NBC`s time traveler dramas makes it through to next season`s schedule. Mixed feelings though as genre shows rarely if ever get good ratings and generally get cancelled quickly.

  17. Tim says:

    Sea of fire!

  18. JimC says:

    If Gotham was on the CW, it would be worth a look but on Fox? Meh, they’ll just screw it up.

  19. n8ball78 says:

    ABC, NBC, and Fox have some interesting looking dramas. I hope they all make it (all the ones that aren’t procedurals) and actually make network television interesting again.

  20. Olivia says:

    I’ve only read the ABC page so far but I’m exhausted of the reading same stuff again and again. Cops shows, law and politics shows, medical shows, alien shows (and I’m a huge sci-fi fan!), rival families shows and now it seems to expand to fairytales since OUAT’s success opened the door. On ABC’s list alone I thought “The Blacklist. OUAT. Haven. Every other sitcom out there. PLL. The Tomorrow People/Alphas/Heroes and every other show where humans develop abilities”.

    There are a couple that caught my eye but nothing has me super excited. I’m gonna read the other pages just in case I need to keep an eye on something that seems interesting but I’m not holding my breath.

    Besides I am tired of Kleenex shows so I tend to wait for at least a potential second season so I spare myself of investing in a show that I will end up liking when it’s doomed. Happened too many times during the past years, from almost all networks. I still hope that I’ll be surprised and that my cynicism will take a blow though.

    • Jax says:

      So let me get this straight….You don’t want shows about Cops, Lawyers, Doctors, Aliens, Families, Politics, Fairy Tales, or Supernatural abilities. I say this with all sincerity…what the h*ll is left?

      • gdv says:

        LOL. I thought the same thing. What’s left? (Though I, too, am rolling my eyes at all of the cop/doctor/lawyer shows. Aren’t there other jobs/workplaces out there?)

        Team TVLine—any chance we can get the listing of cable projects in the works (so we can compare)? Or will that be a separate story?

      • bk says:

        Cable shows

      • Olivia says:

        Lol no, I didn’t say that I didn’t want a possible good show in these categories. Just that it’s the same old stuff and new stuff being cloned (which doesn’t excite me, but it’s JMO). Supernatural stuff is good, I like it, but there are other things besides the “next step in human evolution” ;)
        Cop shows can be interesting as long as it’s something a bit different, the L&O/NCIS/CSI type is overdone. Same for lawyers, I’d rather watch something like Ally McBeal than a serious drama. And I have nothing against families, I just don’t think that the rivalry type is appealing. Again, that is my opinion. And how many times can you rehash the fairytales genre before it gets unbearable? There is nothing new here, and I’d be fine with the usual genre as long as there’s some kind of twist. Chuck managed to make the CIA/NSA stuff fun and compelling. Ally McBeal was basically lawyers on crack. OUAT brought something fresh with a very simple starting point. Same for The Blacklist this season. Fringe was out of the box thinking and not a rehash of every sci-fi show at the time. Dexter, Castle, Life… all “cop shows” with added value.
        Anyway I don’t know if I’m making sense but what I want is to see something new or at least a different spin on something.
        Like I said, I hope to be surprised despite not being excited atm. Sometimes there’s a giant gap between a three lines synopsis and an actual show. I’m underwhelmed and a bit wary, not closed to discovering new shows at all. Otherwise I would be watching pretty much nothing these days lol.

        • N tTVf says:

          Psst – don’t let the other guys here know, but I’m with you on this one.

          You look at the cable series – they continue to push boundaries, trying new things once in a while. I know the broadcast networks have their hands tied (due to broadcast/air wave content standards), but shows like ‘Blacklist’ prove that a drama that isn’t about doctors/lawyers/police can do well. So, there is hope. Supernatural shows [like NBC's Heroes] would benefit greatly (are you listening CW!!?) if all the cast didn’t look like super models and ‘central-casting’ plants. ;) [although, I am a big Peyton List fan, so I watch TTP, models and all]

  21. Ray says:

    Only 2 projects in development at the CW??

    • Scott says:

      The CW doesn’t have a lot of room on its schedule for new shows. Unless they cancel a whole lot, including two that haven’t even aired yet.

    • Alex says:

      They’ll order at least several more pilots and choose a few from that lot to air next season. It’s only January; not everything that’s forthcoming is known of yet.

  22. Aimee says:

    I thought I read something on Deadline a few days ago that said The Middle Man is on hold because Affleck is too busy.

  23. Caroline says:

    “Forever” on ABC looks interesting but nothing else ABC is considering does. None of CBS’s prospective shows look good. The CW doesn’t have much to offer. “Cabot College” on FOX looks promising but I’ll pass on everything else. NBC’s “Ellen More or Less” and “A to Z” both look intriguing but that’s about it. All in all, I think we have a shocking lack of originaltiy pending for next season! We lost “SMASH”, “Body of Proof” and “Studio Sixty on the Sunset Strip” for this? Sad. Very, very sad!

  24. calob says:

    I’m still hoping NBC the Inn, Fox Everest, and CW The Messengers and Colony get pilot orders.

  25. sarah says:

    the cw and cbs don’t have many shows so i’m guessing there planning on keeping most of what they have got
    nbc looks like it might be having a major make over and some of the shows sound okay as do fox’s

  26. Anna says:

    Will there be more shows announced for ABC? I saw this in the fall – Mark Gordon and Jason Isaacs are teaming for a private eye drama at ABC. The drama project is being developed for Isaacs, a Golden Globe nominee, with Stephen Chin on board to write it.

  27. Kaycee says:

    Doesn’t Mamie Gummer have a big role in Backstrom? she’s a decent name who isn’t listed in the cast

  28. Kaycee says:

    These need serious updates, a lot of the pilots have added casting and some have even been taken off pilot schedule (Affleck’s the Middle Man). Kristen Connolly has been added to Tin Man amongst other castings.

  29. Douglas from Brazil says:

    Is Nasim Pedram leaving SNL by the end os this season?

  30. Chablis says:

    I thought agatha was not green lighted?

  31. Stephen Lane says:

    Oh I think it’s a pretty safe bet that The Flash will not only be picked up, but will very likely be given at least a 12 episode order. If the CW has any brains it’ll schedule it right after Arrow next season

    • Zach says:

      I think schedule The Flash the same way they did with The Originals this season. It’s guaranteed to be a success so they don’t know Arrow as a lead in every week. It will be successful starting off it’s own night.

  32. kate'shomesick says:

    What happened to “the night shift” – I was really looking forward to Brendan Fehr being a regular on Tv again…???

    • Ally Oop says:

      It’s TBA (to be announced). I have a feeling it will debut on Thursdays in March. I wouldn’t be shocked if NBC cuts their comedy block from 2 hours to only one. However, I also doubt they’d put a medical drama against Grey’s so I wouldn’t be shocked if Parenthood moves to 9pm and The Night Shift goes on at 10pm. Of course I could be completely wrong…

  33. Alan Martins Rodrigues says:

    I’m so glad only one ABC show interests me as of now, since I try to steer away from that channel as much as I can. No trust left on them.

    • zacqua10 says:

      Only way ABC will regain my trust is if Paul Lee finally gets canned. I’m surprised he lasted this long but it’s pretty obvious every decision he makes is wrong.

  34. Chris says:

    I think the flash the supernatural spinoff how I met your dad Ncis New Orleans all will get picked up

  35. JC says:

    Well, the only ones that interest me right now is NCIS New Orleans and Flash. That may change though with casting. There’s been more than one show I tried out just because an actor or actress I liked was in it. I have to ask though – where is Agent Carter on the ABC page? That’s one I’m definitely interested in.

  36. Linderella says:

    The Amy Poehler comedy, Old Souls, sounds promising as do the Ben Affleck and David O. Russell dramas. I’m liking the premise of Forever and look forward to seeing Katherine Heigl and Kate Walsh back on weekly TV. Many of premises sound less than exciting but perhaps that will change when casting is announced. I’ve become so accustomed to watching PBS, BBC America, and FX for quality programming, it really doesn’t matter what the “big” networks put on.

  37. Maria says:

    Is Man/Child with Damon Wayans going ahead? Or has that been shelved?

  38. Jake says:

    YAWN..None of these sound interesting..NCIS New Orleans..Really? Just make one called NCIS USA and be done with it. Not impressed at all by these.

  39. Sam says:

    “How I Met Your Dad” Now THAT Is original. I wonder how it ends up…

    • Ally Oop says:

      I like How I Met Your Mother but have no interest in this unrelated spinoff.

    • Television Scout says:

      …. I think the show ends up with the central character having fell victim to Barney’s Play Book play – ‘The Honey Bear’ (my personal favorite). Barney dresses up like Winnie the Pooh, and before you know it, he’s got his head stuck in her honey pot.

      All kidding aside, I think HIMYD has a good chance of getting the ‘go’ for either fall’14 or winter’15. The pilot list of CBS comedies does not look all that deep. CBS is going to need (I would think) at least 2-3 [4?] pilot comedies for next season – one for 8:30 Monday [or potentially 8:00 if 2Broke cannot hold down the lead-off spot on Mondays), and another for somewhere on the Thursday night lineup – 9:30pm… 2.5 Men will be moved somewhere else on the schedule.

      Then CBS will need at least one pilot for winter, if not two – the final perhaps for March/April time frame to finish off the season. The wildcard is ‘Friends with Better Lives’. If it is ‘hit’ material in April, then CBS can get by with 2-3 comedy pilots for fall’14. If it fails, they’ll need 3-4, and HIMYD should be one of those 3-4.

  40. AnnieM says:

    Time for a live-action show with a talking animal sidekick again.

  41. lostie48 says:

    What happened to the show Paradise that NBC ordered last year? It sounded really interesting and I was hoping it would get ordered to series this year!

  42. The Carpooler says:

    You people and your crazy desire to spread hatred through anonymous commentary. Have some Cheerios, they are delicious.

  43. Sarah Stroud says:

    Hmmmm, I wonder if the musical fairy tale ordered by ABC has any connection to Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis. That’d be really cool. If so, if he’s going to be available for it, I’d love to see Colin O’Donoghue in it. I’d still rather see him as Hook, though. I stopped watching Once Upon A Time before he came along. I would be so heartbroken if they killed off Hook. I couldn’t bear to watch it without him there. That said, it’d be a tragedy for that beautiful singing voice of his to go to waste. Wonder if he could do both shows. Hmmmm…… ;o)

  44. Izzie Duquette says:

    In my mind, the Socialite pilot by LaGravenese is a cool, grown-up version of Gossip Girl centered on the relationship that was most interesting on GG anyway- that between Blair and Serena.

  45. Am I the only one still combing through any and all pilot announcements looking for the answer to the Blind Item? http://tvline.com/2013/10/17/blind-item-ausiello-series-kill-off-star/

  46. Ram510 says:

    Sea of Fire and Salvation sound like interesting shows but better suited for cable

  47. Debby Van Sant says:

    out of all that two things I might watch The Flash and emerald city, rest is yuck

  48. Philipp says:

    No word on the Meg Ryan vehicle on NBC?

  49. Chris says:

    I hope billy miller from y& r gets cast in a pilot this year

  50. Rosa says:

    where’s Bill Cosby’s show on this list?
    whatever happened with the Bad Teacher show?