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):

Stephen Amell

Arrow (Berlanti Prods and Warner Bros. TV)
W/EP: Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13) and Marc Guggenheim based on a story by Greg Berlanti and Guggenheim
DIR: David Nutter
CAST: Stephen Amell (Hung), Susanna Thompson (Once & Again), Willa Holland (The OC), Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl), Susanna Thompson (Dragonfly), Colin Donnell (Pan Am), Colin Salmon (Todd Margaret), Paul Blackthorne (The River), Jamey Sheridan (Law and Order: Criminal Intent)
A modern retelling of the story of DC Comics character Green Arrow.

Kristin Kreuk

Beauty and the Beast
W/EP: Jennifer Levin (Without A Trace) and Sherri Cooper (Bros & Sis) with creator of the original series Ron Koslow; Paul Junger Witt and C. Anthony Thomas of Witt/Thomas Prods, which co-produced the 1980s series; and Bill Haber.
DIR: Gary Fleder
CAST: Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), Austin Basis (Life Unexpected), Jay Ryan (Terra Nova)
Loosely based on the 1980s CBS series starring Linda Hamilton, Beauty And The Beast is a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.

AnnaSophia Robb

The Carrie Diaries (Fake Empire/Warner Bros. TV)
W/EP: Amy Harris (Gossip Girl)
EP/DIR: Miguel Arteta
EP: Candace Bushnell & Fake Empire (Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein)
CAST: AnnaSophia Robb, Matt Letscher (Eli Stone), Austin Butler (Life Unexpected), Chloe Bridges (90210)
Chronicles Carrie Bradshaw’s coming of age in the 1980s when she asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan.

Alona Tal

EP: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein
W/EP: Rockne O’Bannon (V, Farscape)
CAST: Alona Tal (Supernatural), Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries)
Centers on a series of mysterious disappearances that are linked to a TV series called Cult.

Mamie Gummer

First Cut (CBS TV)
EP/W: Jennie Snyder Urman (90210)
EP: Dan Jinks
CAST: Michael Rady (Melrose Place, Greek), Kelly J. McCreary (White Collar), Mamie Gummer (Off The Map), Justin Hartley (Smallville), Jack Coleman (Heroes)
Centers on a brand new doctor who, glad to leave her nerdy past behind for a fresh start in the adult professional world, discovers that, sadly and comically, life at the hospital where she works is no different than high school.

Craig Horner

Joey Dakota (CBS Television Studios, Harmon/Tannenbaum)
EP: Mark Harmon, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Martha Haight
W: Bert Royal
CAST: Craig Horner (Legend of the Seeker), Amber Stevens (Greek), Scott Wolf (Party of Five)
Based on the Israeli format Danny Hollywood. In this romantic-time-travel-musical, a documentary filmmaker travels back to the 1990s where she meets and falls in love with the rock star subject of her film. When she unexpectedly returns to present day, she must find her way back to the past to reunite with Joey and prevent his untimely death.

Aimee Teegarden

The Selection (Warner Bros. TV)
EP/W: Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain
DIR: Mark Piznarski
CAST: Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Leonor Varela (Blade II), Martin Donovan (Boss), Ethan Peck (10 Things I Hate About You), Sean Patrick Thomas (Ringer)
An epic romance set 300 years in the future which centers on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.

J.J. Abrams

Shelter (Bad Robot, Mastermind Lab, Warner Bros. TV)
EP/W: Mark Schwahn
EP: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
CAST: Elizabeth Henstridge, Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries), Zachary Abel (Make It or Break It), Trent Ford (The Vampire Diaries), Eka Darville, Hannah New
Drama set at an historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own.


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