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A Guide to TV Pilot Season

EW has provided a complete guide to the various pilots that are in the works at the different networks, and by scanning the list it becomes obvious that there are some extremely intriguing concepts in development.


RINGER: (Eric Carmelo and Nicole Snyder). About a troubled young woman on the run who hides out by living the life of her wealthy twin sister, until she learns her sibling’s life has a bounty on it as well. It stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (drama, pilot).

ROOKIES: (Robert DeNiro, Richard Price, Jane Rosenthal) NYPD cops balance their personal lives with learning the mean streets of Manhattan (drama, pilot).

UNTITLED SUSANNAH GRANT PROJECT: Focuses on an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife dies and begins teaching him about life from the hereafter (drama, pilot).

VINCE UNCENSORED:(Phoef Sutton, Conan O’Brien). The show, which is cast-contingent, centers on a man who opts to take a more candid approach to life following a life-changing experience (comedy, pilot).

CAROL MENDELSOHN PROJECT: Based on the Jane Whitefield novels by Thomas Perry about a one-woman witness protection program (drama, script).

JASON ALEXANDER DETECTIVE PROJECT:(Alexander, Simon Davis Barry). A former TV star works for his ex-wife’s detective agency when he’s down and out (drama, script).

DESPERADO: (Kyle Ward, Anthony Zuiker). A modern-day western crime drama set in Texas (drama, script).

SIRINGO: (Trey Callaway). Based on the life of cowboy Charlie Siringo, who caught crooks in the late 1800s (drama, script)

FEMALE POLICE CHIEF DRAMA: (Carl Beverly, Gary Lennon). Chronicles first female Chief of Police in Newark, N.J. (drama, script).

THE WILD WILD WEST:(Ron Moore, Naren Shankar). Update of the old western that aired on CBS (drama, script).

TREADSTONE: (John Glenn, Anthony Zuiker). Based on Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series of novels about a group of spies working for the Treadstone Corp. (drama, script)

REAL ESTATE COMEDY: (Rob Riggle, Robert Smigel). A real estate agent ends up working for the guy he made fun of in his youth (comedy, script).

COLIN COWHERD RADIO COMEDY: (Bill Martin, Mike Schiff, Cowherd). Comedy based on the life of ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd (comedy, script).

DEAR GIRLS ABOVE ME:(Jason Goldberg, Ashton Kutcher). Based on a Twitter feed from a man who recounts what he hears from the girls who live above him (comedy, script).



UNTITLED SHONDA RHIMES PROJECT: (Rhimes, Betsy Beers). Revolves around the life and work of a professional fixer and her dysfunctional staff. The character is based on the career of Judy Smith, a crisis management consultant who has guided corporations, politicians, and public figures over the last 20 years (drama, pilot).

POE:(Chris Hollier). Crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe as the world’s very first detective, using unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston (drama, pilot).

PAN AM:(Jack Orman, Nancy Ganis, Sid Ganis, Tommy Schlamme). A sexy soap set against the jet age, focusing on the stewardesses and pilots and their glamorous world full of adventures (drama, pilot).

CHARLIES ANGELS:(Miles Millar, Al Gough, Leonard Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen). Modern-day version of the classic show that will be set in Miami (drama, pilot).

PARTNERS: (Ed Bernero). Centers on two female police detectives who are fiercely loyal to one another since they’re also secretly sisters (drama, pilot).

GRACE: (Krista Vernoff, Carrie Ann Inaba). Focuses on a dysfunctional family set in the world of professional dance (drama, pilot)

THE LAST DAYS OF MEN (Jack Burditt). Even though the world around him has declared the traditional male an ‘endangered species,’ Tim Fitzgerald is fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women (comedy, pilot).

LOST AND FOUND:(Marisa Coughlan). A narcissistic New York City bartender and party girl has her life turned upside down when the conservative 18-year-old son she gave up for adoption shows up on her doorstep (comedy, pilot).
Work it (Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen). Two out-of-work salesmen realize that it is now a woman’s world and decide that in order to find work and succeed, they are going to have to dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps (comedy, pilot).

MAN UP:(Chris Moynihan, Ron West, Kelly Kulchak). A look at what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through the eyes of three best friends and the women in their lives (comedy, pilot).

SMOTHERED: (Andrew Rech, Ted Cohen). A young couple finds themselves smothered by their two very different sets of parents (comedy, pilot).

DON'T TRUST THE BITCH IN APARTMENT 23: (Nahnatchka Khan, David Hemingson). The story is about a naive young woman who comes to New York City and ends up with a trouble-making party-girl roommate (comedy, pilot).

SUBURGATORY: (Emily Kapnek). In this satirical look at life in the suburbs, a quintessentially New York City girl moves to a cookie-cutter community only to discover that life in the ‘burbs is more frightening than any horror movie that she’s ever seen. Tonally, this is a heightened view of suburbia with a cinematic quality that evokes the scope and horror of perfection (comedy, pilot).

ROMEO & JULIET:(Andrea Berloff). A look at the love story of Romeo and Juliet, as well as the events occurring during the Renaissance (drama, script).

BEING ERICA: (Maggie Friedman). An adaptation of the Canadian series with the same name (drama, script).

TRUE LIES: (René Echevarria). Based on the 1994 feature film, True Lies, directed by James Cameron (drama, script).

LONG GRAY LINE: (Gideon Yago). Drama set in the world of West Point (drama, script).

BAKER STREET LETTERS:(Nicholas Wootton). Two brothers rent Sherlock Holmes’ old office space and respond to letters that still come to the dead sleuth (drama, script).

NANNYLAND: (Ann Blanchard, Alexa Junge, Jennifer Lopez). Three nannies working for three different branches of a Los Angeles family (dramedy, script).

AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS: (Mike Bender, Doug Chernack). Based on book and website featuring really awkward but hilarious old photos (comedy, script).

CARLOS MANCIA PROJECT: (Mitchel Katlin, Nat Bernstein). Show based on Mencia’s large immigrant family (comedy, script).

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER PROJECT:(Al Higgins, Devon Shepherd). A retired baseball player gets a job as a radio host (comedy, script).

GYNECOLOGY PROJECT: (Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Marc Cherry). Two brothers, one gay and one straight, open up a practice for women (comedy, script).

SUPERMOM COMEDY: (Laura House, Stu Bloomberg, Barry Sonnenfeld). A frazzled mom finds a suit that gives her superpowers (comedy, script).

DAMON WAYONS PROJECT:(Don Reo). A model father on TV is very different at home (comedy, script).

ALAN MENKEN/MARCO PENNETTE/DAVID ZIPPEL PROJECT: Young musicians live with one another while trying to start their careers (musical comedy, script).



ALCATRAZ: (J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Liz Sarnoff). Revolves around Alcatraz Island and notorious criminals housed there (drama, pilot).

TOUCH: (Tim Kring, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope). A man discovers his mute, autistic son can predict the future (drama, pilot).

I HATE MY TEENAGER DAUGHTER:(Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer). Two women who were tormented by mean girls when they were younger, and are now appalled to realize their daughters are turning into the same type of girls they never liked (comedy, pilot)

TAGGED: (David Guarascio, Moses Port). A workplace ensemble set at the Baltimore County coroner’s office (comedy, pilot).

ICELAND: (Andrew Bobrow). Centers around a group of friends who are reunited and nurture each other after the death of one of their own (comedy, pilot).

FAMILY ALBUM: Told in the vein of 24, A family takes an extended vacation (comedy, pilot).

LITTLE IN COMMON:(Rob Thomas). About three families united through their kids little league sports (comedy, pilot).

THE COUNCIL OF DADS: Based on the memoir about a man with cancer who lures a group of friends to supervise his daughters if he dies (comedy, pilot).

NO STRINGS ATTACHED:(Liz Meriwether, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope). Focuses on sexual politics of men and women (comedy, pilot).

WILL SMITH CRIME DRAMA:(James Lassiter, Will Smith, Eva Jin). A female college student fights crimes in China (drama, script).

FULL NELSON:(Jeffrey Lieber). Focuses on a woman’s rise in the music industry in the 1980s (drama, script).

HITCH: (Pete Chiarelli). Adaptation of the feature film that starred Will Smith (drama, script)

SMOKERS: (Brian Vaughan). A documentary crew follows a group of heroes who eliminate alien threats in space (drama, script).

TINY MONSTERS: (Alexandra Rushfield) An animated show about a group of mean girls in junior high (comedy, script).



17TH PRECINCT: (Ron Moore). World ruled by magic, not science (drama, pilot).

PLAYBOY: (Chad Hodge). Set in the 1960s, the drama takes a look at the lives of Playboy bunnies (drama, pilot).

SMASH: (Steven Spielberg, Neil Meron, Craig Zadan, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Theresa Rebeck). Follows a cross section of characters who come together for the exhilarating ride of putting on a Broadway musical (drama, pilot).

WONDER WOMAN: (David E. Kelley). A reboot of the superhero tale that’s a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character (drama, pilot).

SPECIAL INVITATIONS L.A.:(Stephen Gaghan, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope). In the style of Traffic, the drama is set in the world of crime, law enforcement, and politics in modern-day L.A. (drama, pilot).

I HATE THAT I LOVE YOU:(Jhoni Marchinko). Focuses on a straight couple that introduces two of its lesbian friends to one another – which results in instant attraction and a pregnancy (comedy, pilot).

ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA:(Chelsea Handler, Tom Werner, Dottie Dartland Zicklin, Julie Larsen). Based on Handler’s best-selling memoir (comedy, pilot).

GHOST ANGELES: (Henry Alonzo Myers, Josh Schwartz) A young woman speaks to dead people who help her (comedy, pilot).

ECHELON: (Michael Gordon). About a team called GHOST (Global Hierarchical Observation Strategy Taskforce) that investigates the paranormal (drama, script).

THE MUNSTERS: (Bryan Fuller). A modern-day take on the old CBS comedy (dramedy, script).

REST: (Philip Levens). Based on the comic book series Rest by Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff about a workaholic who enrolls in a drug trial which eliminates the need for sleep (drama, script).

S.A.N.D.: (Craig Titley). A squad called the Sleep and Nightmare division enter peoples’ dreams to tackle their nightmares (drama, script).

A LOT LIKE US:(Scot Armstrong, Ravi Nandan, Liz Feldman). A lesbian couple expecting a baby lives with the donor (comedy, script).

EMERALD CITY: (Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins). Re-imagining of the The Wizard of Oz, set in Gotham (comedy, script).

GUARDIANS: (Carlos Jacott, Ajay Sahgal) Guardian angels disguised as Starbucks baristas help customers (comedy, script).

MY LIFE AS AN EXPERIMENT: (A.J. Jacobs). Comedy based on A. J. Jacobs’ self improvement projects (comedy, script).



ACTING OUT: (Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Todd Graff). Musical and dancing dramedy explores relationships of counselors and staff of a down-on-its-luck summer camp (dramedy, script).

HAWKSHAW: (David Loughery, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Tracey). Sexy, mysterious 20-something doesn’t know his true identity but believes he is a detective and possible descendant of Sherlock Holmes who starts solving crimes (drama, script).

THE PRICKLY SPHERES:(Rich Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz, Matt Goldman). Extremely talented teen forgoes classical music scholarship to Julliard and joins a new indie alternative rock band in Minneapolis (drama, script).

RAVEN: (Diego Gutierrez). Based upon the DC Comics character, the daughter of a human and a devil with abilities to read emotions and divine secrets, Raven fights crime — as well as the darkness in her own soul (drama, script).

Which of these concepts sound most appealing to you? Sound off below.
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EdGross
1/26/2011

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2 Comments

It seems like the nineteenth century is riding high this year. A handful of Westerns, and Poe as a detective. It will be interesting to see what sticks. But, success on TV is a mixture of concept, quality execution, scheduling, and just weird luck. Remember, "According to Jim" maintained a spot on the schedule WAY past its expiration date.
kerry67 - 1/26/2011, 1:15 PM
Both Jim and the Drew Carey Show -- to the point where it was, like, "That thing is still on?" As to the pilots, there are some really interesting concepts there -- some that are really out there. I'm really curious to see how it all shakes out.
EdGross - 1/26/2011, 5:33 PM

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