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Pilot Season 2014: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible) New Shows and Who's Starring In Them

MINI-FOX-logoBackstrom (Drama) — ORDERED TO SERIESRainn Wilson Stars In Backstrom Pilot
EPs | Hart Hanson (Bones), Leif G.W. Persson, Niclas Salomonsson, Rainn Wilson, Josh Levy
CAST | Rainn Wilson (The Office), Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer), Dennis Haysbert (24), Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen (Blue Mountain State), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Genevieve Angelson (House of Lies)
Offensive, irascible Detective Everett Backstrom tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior while leading his team, the Serious Crimes Unit, as they navigate Portland’s most sensitive cases.

Cabot College (Comedy)
EPs | Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Pam Fryman, David Miner
DIRECTOR | Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother)
CAST | Bonnie Dennison (Third Watch), Jack Cutmore-Scott, Brandon Jones, Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), Ely Henry, Asif Ali
A women’s college begins accepting men for the first time in its history.

Dead Boss (Comedy)
EPs | Patricia Breen (Suburgatory), Sharon Horgan, Aaron Kaplan
CAST | Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy), Rachel Dratch (SNL), Cedric Yarborough (Reno 911), Justine Lupe (Harry’s Law), Ravi Patel (Super Fun Night), guest star David Cross (Arrested Development)
Based on the British series, it’s a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence.

Empire(Drama)
EPs | Danny Strong (The Butler), Lee Daniels (The Butler), Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo
DIRECTOR | Lee Daniels (The Butler)
CAST | Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest), Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Malik Yoba (Revolution, Alphas), Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, recurring player Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story: Coven)
A unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire.

Marcia Cross Fatrick MotherFatrick (Comedy)
EPs | Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23), Corey Nickerson, Jeff Morton
DIRECTORS | Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Way Way Back)
CAST | Zach Cregger (Guys With Kids), Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Ray Ford, Dante Hoagland
Realizing that his life isn’t quite where it should be, a thirtysomething moving man and formerly fat kid is forced to face the damage caused by years of being Fatrick: a chubby little kid just trying to survive.

Ben Mckenzie GothamGotham (Drama) — ORDERED TO SERIES
EPs | Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Danny Cannon (The Tomorrow People, Nikita)
DIRECTOR | Danny Cannon (The Tomorrow People, Nikita)
CAST | Ben McKenzie (Southland), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), Jada Pinkett Smith (Hawthorne), Robin Lord Taylor (Accepted, The Walking Dead), Sean Pertwee (Camelot), Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Erin Richards (Breaking In), David Mazouz (Touch), Camren Bicondova, Drew Powell, Cory Michael Smith
Explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon from the Batman comics and films — who is still a detective and has yet to meet Batman — and the villains who made Gotham City famous.

Hieroglyph (Drama) — ORDERED TO SERIES
EPs | Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim), Anna Fricke (Being Human), Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Miguel Sapochnik
CAST | John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), Max Brown (Beauty and the Beast), Reece Ritchie, Kelsey Chow, Condola Rashad, Caroline Ford, Antony Bunsee
A notorious thief is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers.

Home (Drama)
EPs | Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Aron Eli Coleite, KristieAnne Reed
A family thriller/soap that delves into the secrets lingering behind the facade of a suburban family.

Last Man on Earth (Comedy) — ORDERED TO SERIES
EPs | Will Forte, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street)
CAST | Will Forte
The single-camera sitcom finds the comic actor playing the last man on Earth.

The Middle Man (Drama)
EPs | Ben Affleck, Glenn Gordon Caron (Medium, Moonlighting), Chay Carter
DIRECTOR | Ben Affleck
Set in 1960s Boston, it follows the story of Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent charged with taking down the Italian Mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood. MacAteer’s efforts inadvertently give rise to the Irish mob, as he finds himself bending the laws he is governed by.

Mulaney (Comedy) — ORDERED TO SERIESJohn Mulaney
EPs | John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live), Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live), Andrew Singer, Andy Ackerman, Dave Becky, David Miner
CAST | John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live), Martin Short (How I Met Your Mother), Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan), Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live), Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman
Follows an aspiring comedian coming of age in NYC under the influence of his over-the-top boss – who was a major stand-up comedian in the 1980’s and ’90s and now hosts a game show — his roommates and his neighbors.

No Place Like Home (Comedy)JKaczmarek
EPs | Ricky Blitt, Johnny Galecki, Stephen McPherson
CAST | Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), David James Elliott (JAG), Jon Heder, Peter DaCunha (Reign), Brendan Meyer (the Canadian Mr. Young), Natasha Bassett
A stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom finds his perfectly organized world upended when his mother/roommate gets married, and her new husband moves in along with his three teenage children.

Red Band Society (Drama)
EPs | Margaret Nagle, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Sergio Aguero
CAST | Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Griffin Gluck (Back in the Game), Charlie Rowe, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo, Nolan Sotillociara
A group of teenagers meet as patients in the children’s wing of a hospital and become unlikely allies and friends.

Sober Companion (Comedy)
EPs | David S. Rosenthal (The Middle, 90210), Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens, 90210)
CAST | Justin Long (New Girl), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz), Dorian Brown (Wilfred), Mouzam Makkar (Communicators), Ally Maki, Mallory Mahoney
A charming but self-destructive attorney finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed, and highly unconventional, sober companion takes control of his life.

Weird Loners (Comedy)weird loners zachary knighton
EP | Michael Weithorn (King of Queens)
CAST | Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Nate Torrence (Mr. Sunshine), Meera Rohit Kumbhani
Centers on four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY.

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