Pilots: ABC Orders College Conspiracy, Modern Oil Boom Dramas, Others

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ABC on Friday night ordered four more drama pilots, revolving around a healthcare advocate, a secret college society, a modern-day oil boom and a family of lawyers.

The projects are as follows:

Kingmakers | When his sister is found dead during her freshman year at an Ivy League university, a young man adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society — populated by privileged students, ambitious faculty, and high-profile alums — to investigate. Written by Sallie Patrick (Revenge).

The Advocate | Penned by Sheldon Turner (Straight Outta Compton ), this follows a type-A businesswoman who experiences firsthand the hazards of our healthcare system, after going through a medical scare/misdiagnosis. Shocking friends and family, she leaves her career behind to become an advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic, ever-changing maze that is modern medicine.

Boom | Penned by Josh Pate (Legends) and Rodes Fishburne, this spins a modern-day story about the biggest oil discovery in American history, one which triggers an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 Gold Rush. The series tracks the pilgrimage of a young, ambitious couple as they brave a modern “Wild West,” negotiating an ensemble of roughnecks, grifters, oil barons, criminals and fellow prospectors.

The Adversaries | Written by David Zabel (ER, Betrayal), this finds the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty embroiled in a trial of his own, forcing his federal prosecutor daughter to decide which side she will fight on.

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  1. Missy Kelly says:

    They all look like t he continuing saga that defines the All Bubble Company dedicated to making primetime soap operas after they’ve cancelled all the actual soap operas. Don’t get me wrong, they have good programs and I watch some of them. It just occurs to me that every primetime drama show they have is a soap opera. Castle can run as stand alone hours but there’s always an undercurrent of continuing saga

  2. Cody says:

    So, Kingmakers is just Deception: University #missthatshow
    WIll hold back judgments till the cast is introduced.

  3. Boiler says:

    These look awful

  4. David4 says:

    Really? A modern oil boom? That’s laughable being Dallas got canceled and the price of oil is off 70% in 5 months.

  5. Babygate says:

    The only one that sounds somewhat interesting is Kingmakers. The Advocate is plain laughable. Boom is just a different spin on Dallas and The Adversaries sounds tired and clichéd. Seriously, what is wrong with ABC? They can’t do better than that? Just let Shonda run the network for a year on a trial basis. She can’t do worse than this.

  6. Stacy says:

    As with all shows, the promos will give a much better insight than just a tagline. (And then a season to flesh things out…) Based strictly on the taglines, Kingmakers seems like the best of the four. I like the idea of The Advocate (in my mind it’s like Judging Amy: healthcare queen), but it could just as easily bomb. The other two seem a bit tired of premises. Then again, the tagline for The Good Wife wasn’t that impressive.

  7. SJ says:

    Kingmakers sounds like Revenge. If picked up, it will have one good season and then just crash, both creatively and in the ratings.
    The Advocate just seems like it would attract a whole lot of controversy from the conservatives. It’s not worth picking it up.
    Boom looks interesting, but it seems more like a movie premise. I can see Kingmakers having 13-22 episodes worth of story. I don’t imagine Boom doing more than 6 before veering off course.
    The Adversaries looks the most promising. It’s a procedural, which ABC desperately needs and aside from The Good Wife, which wraps up next year, I don’t think there are any legal dramas currently on the air, so it could fill that hole in the market. But then again, ABC hasn’t been able to launch a successful procedural since Castle…

    • johnhelvete says:

      The writers could have learned from Revenge though and instead of trying to drag out the mystery of who killed the sister for the entire run of the show, that mystery could be resolved at the end of season 1, with a new mystery for season 2.

  8. Ally Oop says:

    Finally some dramas that interest me. I like the sounds of both Kingmakers and Boom.

  9. Spence says:

    I’m looking forward to Kingsmakers, at least for the first season, seeing as how after season 1 they will bring in a secret world Initiative of bad guys who perform terrorist attacks and the show will just go down hill from there…

  10. Ray says:

    Kingmaker sounds like Revenge 2.0 with a male lead. I hope the pilot is strong enough that ABC orders it to series.

  11. Temperance says:

    Kingmakers sounds like one of the better pilot ideas out of all the networks. The others might be OK depending on the writing and casting.

  12. Jerry says:

    Why is it so awful for networks to order one-and-done shows? Why not just have one good drama which run for a single season, let it end, and then find new shows the next season?

  13. Citygirl says:

    Considering what is happening on college campuses today, they could have a show called “College SVU”.

  14. Mandy says:

    Would love to see the second season of ABC’s Betrayal