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):

The Asset
EP: Josh Friedman
DIR: Neil Burger
CAST: Ali Larter (Heroes), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II), Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Female-centered action drama centered in the NY office of the CIA.

Ben Fox Is My Manny (Chernin Ent/20th Century Fox)
W: Dana Fox
DIR: Jake Kasdan
CAST: Maggie Jones, Echo Kellum, Nat Faxon
Centers on a single mom (Elliott) whose aimless brother (Faxon) moves in to help her raise her baby.

Ryan Hansen

El Jefe (Sony Pictures TV)
EP: Moses Port and David Guarascio
DIR: Michael Patrick Jann
CAST: Ryan Hansen (Party Down, Veronica Mars)
About an upper-middle class 30-year-old guy who finally gets booted out of his dad and step-mom’s house and moves in with his cleaning woman’s family since he had nowhere else to go.

Becki Newton

The Goodwin Games
W/EP: Carter Bays (HIMYM), Craig Thomas, Chris Harris
CAST: Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Jake Lacy (Better With You), Scott Foley (Felicity)
High-concept family comedy about a father who leaves his fortune to his 3 children only if they agree to his terms.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

W/EP: Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim
CAST: Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Sharon Leal (Hellcats), Eva Amurri Martino (Californication), Julian Harris (Pretty Little Liars)
Centers on a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney (Gooding) who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling and to ultimately exact revenge on the men who set him up.

Zachary Levi

Let It Go (Sony TV)
EP/W: DJ Nash (Traffic Light)
EP: Peter Tolan
CAST: Zachary Levi (Chuck), Kat Foster (‘Til Death)
An ensemble comedy about a married couple, his best friend and her sister as they try to navigate, negotiate, and sometimes manipulate society’s unspoken rules.

Colin Ferguson

Like Father
W/DIR/EP: Bill Lawrence (Scrubs/Cougar Town)
EP: Jeff Ingold
CAST: Colin Ferguson (Eureka), Phill Lewis, Michael Martin, Robbie Amell (How I Met Your Mother), Colin Ferguson (Eureka)
Inspired by Lawrence’s real-life experiences, it centers on a father-son relationship. Single-camera comedy.

John Stamos

Little Brother (20th TV, 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods. and Hat Trick)
EP/DIR: Shawn Levy
CAST: T.J. Miller, John Stamos, Gillian Vigman (The Hangover)
About a man who finds out that he has a half-brother (Miller) he never knew about who also happens to be an ex-con.

Mike Vogel

Living Loaded (FX Productions/RCG)
EP: Rob Rosell (It’s Always Sunny), Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and 3 Arts’ Nick Frenkel and Michael Rotenberg.
W: Rosell, McElhenney and Dunn
CAST: Mike Vogel (Pan Am), Michael Marc Friedman, Donald Sutherland (Dirty Sexy Money), Larry Wilmore
Based on the book of the same name by Dan Dunn, it centers on a loose partying blogger forced to change his career plans when he becomes a radio host.

Must Hire (Sony TV/Fanfare)
W/EP: Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne (Wilfred)
EP: Jamie Tarses, Julia Franz
DIR: Adam Bernstein
Centers on an uptight, young executive who hires his dad for an entry level position and is shocked to discover that his new hire is a disruptive office clown.

Prodigy Bully (Warner Bros. TV/John Wells Prods.)
EP: John Wells, Paris Barclay and Andrew Stearn, Mike O’Malley (W)
CAST: Missi Pyle (The Artist), Mike O’Malley (Glee)
Based on the Prodigy Bully one-minute movies by Hank Perlman, the comedy centers on a young boy genius who uses his brains and brawn to get whatever he wants.

Will Forte

EP: Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Joe Port, Joe Wiseman
DIR: Jason Winer
CAST: Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted), Hayes MacArthur (Perfect Couples), Matt Jones (Breaking Bad)
An uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiance with the help of the idiots on his pick-up basketball team.

Jordana Spiro

Untitled Berman/Wright Medical Drama (Sony Pictures TV)
EP: Josh Berman, Rob Wright
EP/DIR: Michael Dinner
CAST: Jordana Spiro (My Boys), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), James Carpinello (The Good Wife), Jesse Lee Soffer (As The World Turns), Wiliam Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire), Jaime Lee Kirchner (Mercy)
A female doctor working for the mob in Chicago.

Julian McMahon

Untitled Karyn Usher Spy Drama (20th Century Fox TV )
EP: Mary Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements
W/EP: Karyn Usher (The Playboy Club)
EP/DIR: Brett Ratner
CAST: Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Angela Bassett (ER), Saxon Sharbino, Rick Schroder (NYPD Blue)
The orphaned 14-year-old daughter (Saxon Sharbino) of a CIA operative encounters a mysterious rogue agent (McMahon) who serves as her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world.

Kevin Bacon

Untitled Kevin Williamson Drama
EP/W: Kevin Williamson
Director: Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries)
CAST: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy (Rome), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Valorie Curry, Adam Canto, Natalie Zea (Justified), Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz), Maggie Grace (Lost)
An edge-of-the-seat thriller about a diabolical serial killer (Purefoy) who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers, and the FBI agent (Bacon) who finds himself in the middle of it.

Mindy Kaling

Untitled Mindy Kaling Comedy (Universal TV)
EP: Howard Klein
W/EP/CAST: Mindy Kaling (The Office), Chris Messina (Damages), Anna Camp (The Good Wife)
Kailing stars as a young Bridget Jones-type Ob/Gyn doctor balancing personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.

Patton Oswalt

Working Class Hero (20th Century Fox)
W/EP: Mike Barker (American Dad)
W/CO-EP: Brent Woods, Jordan Blum
CAST: Patton Oswalt (P)
The animated comedy is set in a world where superheroing is just another low-paid government job and centers on a dad (Oswalt) whose powers are no match for his misfit superhero co-workers and his demanding family.


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