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):

Rachelle Lefevre

Applebaum (CBS Television Studios)
EP/W: Ayelet Waldman (based on her series – Mommy Track Mysteries), Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper
EP: Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan
CAST: Rachelle Lefevre (A Gifted Man), Rhys Coiro (Entourage)
Centers on a former public defender who becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom.

Baby Big Shot (Sony Pictures TV, Fanfare, CBS Television Studios)
EP: Kevin Falls, Tarses, Julia Franz
W/EP: Dana Calvo (Franklin & Bash), co-exec prod
CAST: Toni Trucks (Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Janet Montgomery (Entourage), Felix Solis (The Good Wife), Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood and Sand)
Centers on a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a tony Manhattan law firm.

Jonny Lee Miller

Elementary (CBS Television Studios, Timberman/Beverly Prods.)
DIR/EP: Michael Cuesta (Homeland)
EP/W: Rob Doherty (Medium)
EP: Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly
CAST: Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) as Sherlock, Lucy Liu as Watson, Aidan Quinn (Prime Suspect),
Created by: Arthur Conan Doyle
Modern take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye with Sherlock now living in NYC.

Friend Me (CBS Television Studios and Tannebaum Co.)
EP: Alan Kirschenbaum, Ajay Sahgal,Kim and Eric Tannenbaum.
DIR: Pamela Fryman
Centers on twenty-something best friends, Evan and Rob, who move from their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon.

Kevn Alejandro

Golden Boy (Warner Bros. TV)
EP/ Writer: Nicholas Wootton
EP: Greg Berlanti
EP/DIR: Richard Shepard
CAST: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood), Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies), Stella Maeve (The Runaways), Theo James (Downton Abbey), Bonnie Somerville (Cashmere Mafia)
Show about the making of a man – tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner.

Michael Urie

W/EP: Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick
DIR: James Burrows
CAST: David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Brandon Routh (Chuck), Elizabeth Regen, Lucy Davis (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip)
Architects Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage. When Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend, Louis’ neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in the breakup of his own relationship.

Quean (Warner Bros. TV)
EP: Ilene Chaiken and Joel Silver
Centers on an edgy and independent Millennial hacker girl who teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes.

Rebel Wilson

Super Fun Night (Warner Bros. TV/Conaco)
W/Co-EP: Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids)
EP: Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger
CAST: Wilson, Kevin Bishop
Follows three nerdy female friends on their ”funcomfortable” quest to have super fun every Friday night.

Mira Sorvino

Trooper (Jerry Bruckheimer TV/Warner Bros. TV)
W/EP: Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes)
EP/DIR: Craig Gillespie (Fright Night)
EP: Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed co-exec prod
CAST: Mira Sorvino, Jay Hernandez (Six Degrees)
A character-based procedural drama centered on a common-sense mother-turned-New York state trooper.

Dan Byrd

Untitled Louis CK Comedy (BermanBraun/Universal TV/CBS Television Studios)
W/EP: Louis CK and Spike Ferestem
EP: Gene Stein, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun
CAST: Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical)
Resurrected 13-year-old project (Boomtown). Multi-camera comedy featuring an ensemble of young people trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times.

JoAnna Garcia

Untitled Malins/Berlanti Comedy
W/EP: Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti
DIR: James Burrows
CAST: JoAnna Garcia (Reba), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Bryan Greenberg (How to Make it in America), Ryan Gaul
Centers on Nick who has a health scare and realizes Wendy, his best friend and business partner of 15 years, is ‘the one’.

Untitled Martin Lawrence Comedy (CBS)
EP/W: Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger
EP: Michael Green, Sam Maydew
CAST: Martin Lawrence
Stars Lawrence as a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46.

Untitled Melissa McCarthy Comedy (Warner Bros. TV)
W/EP: McCarthy and Ben Falcone
A woman in her mid-40s has a spectacular midlife crisis.

Ben Falcone

Untitled Melissa McCarthy Comedy (Warner Bros. TV)
EP/W: McCarthy will serve as co-executive producer, with Ben Falcone and Larry Dorf serving as supervising producers.
CAST: Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Rachael Harris (The Hangover), Emily Ruthefurd (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Judd Hirsch (Numb3rs), Andrea Martin (SCTV)
A single 37-year-old man loses everything he has in the real estate collapse and finds himself back home in the house he grew up in….with his parents.

Untitled Nick Stoller Comedy (20th Century/Chernin Entertainment)
W/DIR/EP: Nick Stoller (The Muppets)
EP: Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin
CAST: Brie Larson (United States Of Tara), Michael Angarano, Chris Smith, Randall Park, Adam Campbell, Amanda Lund
Single-camera comedy loosely based on Stoller’s real-life experiences. It is a twentysomething ensemble comedy about a guy who gets his heart broken by his girlfriend and now has to work one cubicle away from her at an ad agency.

Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis

Untitled Ralph Lamb Project (CBS Television Studios)
W/EP: Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas) and Greg Walker (Without a Trace)
DIR/EP: James Mangold (Walk the Line)
EP: Cathy Konrad and Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour).
CAST: Carrie-Anne Moss, Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis (The Shield)
Set in the 1960s and is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb – rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas.

Widow Detective (CBS Television Studios/Mendelsohn)
W: David Hubbard
EP: Carol Mendelsohn (CSI), David Hubbard, Julie Weitz
CAST: John Corbett (United States of Tara), Jennifer Beals (The L Word), Paula Marshall (Gary Unmarried), Conor Leslie, Natalie Martinez
Centers on a decorated police detective who, after losing three partners in the line of duty, becomes surrogate husband, lover and father to their families.


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