Saturday, February 18, 2012

2012 Pilots!

Besides Upfronts...and Award Season...and Sweeps, my favorite part of the year has to be February when the list of next season's pilots begin to pour in. It puts excitement in my heart, trying to imagine which ones will come to fruition on my screen every week - am I experiencing the next Friends, lasting a long ten-season run? Or do we have another Charlie's Angels, being cancelled after only two episodes?

Be aware... this is not a complete list, nor is it a promise that these shows will actually make it past one episode. These are just the pilots that I am interested in giving a chance. As always, most of the ones on my radar are on ABC and The CW.

The CW

The Carrie Diaries
Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, a young Carrie Bradshaw comes of age in the 1980s, asking her first questions about love, sex, friendship, and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan.

From J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn comes a 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

The Selection
Based on the forthcoming series of books by Kiera Cass, The Selection is 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.

Beauty and the Beast
Featuring Kristin Kruek ("Smallville") and loosely based on the CBS Beauty and the Beast series from the 1980's, this is a modern-day romantic love story.

After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, an inquisitive, young female production assistant (Jessica Lucas, "Cloverfield," "Melrose Place") on a wildly popular television show called Cult joins a journalist-blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program, in real life.

First Cut
Glad to leave her nerdy past behind for a fresh start in the adult professional world, a newly minted doctor discovers that, sadly and comically, life at the hospital where she works is no different than high school.

Mockingbird Lane
An imaginative reinvention of The Munsters as a visually spectacular one-hour drama.

Bad Girls
From the producers of Shameless, and adapted from the long-running U.K. hit series of the same name, Bad Girls follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates – some mothers, some friends—who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and the outside.

Downwardly Mobile
Reuniting Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, this multi-cam comedy stars Roseanne as the proprietor of a mobile-home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy.

The New Normal
A heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them start a family. Introducing Andrew Rannells ("The Book of Mormon") and Ellen Barkin ("The Normal Heart")


Baby Big Shot
A working-class woman (Toni Trucks, "Breaking Dawn: Part II") uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a Manhattan law firm.

Untitled Nick Stoller Comedy
Starring Michael Angarano ("Will and Grace," "Sky High") and Adam Scott ("Harper's Island"), the pilot 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.

Untitled Louis CK
An ensemble of young people trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times.

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. Starring Michael Urie (the best part of "Ugly Betty") and Sophia Bush (the best part of "One Tree Hill"), this show already has promise.


Untitled Kevin Williamson Thriller
An edge-of-your-seat thriller about the complex relationship between a diabolical serial killer and the damaged FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who took him down. After the killer escaped, the agent is reactivated and discovers that he is no longer just hunting one man, but a massive cult of serial killers created and manipulated during his time in prison.

El Jefe
Tossed out of his Brentwood home, an affable but lost 30-year-old guy (Ryan Hansen, "Veronica Mars") moves in with his longtime Latin American nanny, goes head-to-head with her strong-willed son, and finds himself in a family and work life very different from the one he grew up in.

The Goodwin Games
Starring Becki Newton ("Ugly Betty"), this new comedy is about a father who leaves his fortune to his 3 children only if they agree to his terms.

Untitled Mindy Kaling Comedy
A young Bridget Jones-type doctor, trying to navigate both her personal and professional lives.


Beauty and the Beast
In the second Beauty and the Beast re-imagining, this fairy tale is set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.

After pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, a female cop discovers a magical world that exists within New York City. A world that goes unseen by normal humans, and takes all of the familiar NYC landmarks and reinvents them in a magical otherworldly manner.

Zero Hour A bizarre twist of fate pulls a man (Scott Michael Foster, "Greek") who's spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.

Devious Maids
From Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry comes this soap that follows four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.

666 Park Ave.
When a young couple accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City, they unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building.

A family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise. One can only hope this turns in to Country Strong: The Series.

Untitled Mandy Moore Comedy Newlyweds Annie (Mandy Moore) and Ben get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in Annie’s hometown bringing her closer to her needy and high maintenance family.

The Smart One
Portia de Rossi stars as a brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister — a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city Mayor. Also features Malin Akerman and Jean Smart.

Counter Culture
Three aging sisters who run their family diner together in West Texas find that sibling dynamics are always getting in the way of getting the job done.

1 comment:

  1. too many good shows, not enough time. ABC wins for me, since i'm only going to try zero hour and the mandy moore comedy (had no idea she was coming to tv!!). i'll also be watching GCB.