As promised last week, I have written up a rather in depth list of all the pilots being ordered. I have split them up by network. None of these have been picked up for full season runs unless noted in the individual breakdowns. Today’s edition features the shows from CBS and ABC. I’ll do the other three networks tomorrow.

 

ABC

How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life  (Comedy)- This is a comedy shot with multiple cameras, no studio audience, and features more scenes than normal sitcoms.  How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, and most Fox comedies are  shot like this.  The show centers on Polly, a recently divorced, single mom, who moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max, a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries.  As of now, on actors are attached.

The untitled Adam Sztykiel project (Comedy)– This  has received a showrunner-contingent order, meaning that it only gets made if they can find a suitable show runner for it. It’s based on Adam Sztykiel’s own experiences in a long-distance relationship, The show follows a group of 24-year-old guys who move to a new city, one of them choosing to stay in relationship even though his girlfriend is now 2,000 miles away.

And Only Fools And Horses (Comedy) – Another show we have stolen from the English… It follows the misadventures of two streetwise brothers who scrape by selling unreliable goods believing that at any moment they could become millionaires.

Beauty and the Beast (Drama) – I have a love/hate relationship with this project. It’s written and Executive-Produced by Jon Steinberg who created two shows I loved… Human Target and Jericho. On ther one hand, it has an awesome writer, but there’s also a B and B on CW, and there’s no way it could beat out the Ron Pearlman/ Linda Hamilton one from the 90s… That being said… It looks different from the CW’s version, and it definitely looks to have more promise with the success of ABC’s Once Upon A Time.  This is supposed to be more of a fantastical re imagining of the classic  tale, set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast. Different from the CW version which is loosely based on before said awesomeness of the 90’s show.  I hope if ONE of these shows makes it to season order it’s this one, though like the article suggests, it would be fun to see both shows going against each other… And imagine on the same night? That’d be epic.

Americana (Drama) -Michael Seitzman who wrote the movie North Country wrote this, and it’s ANOTHER prime time soap, revolving around a legendary fashion designer and his family business.

Nashville (Drama/Musical)– This one is created by Thelma & Louise writer Callie Khouri. She will exec produce alongside RJ Cutler, who will direct. ABC must want to get in on the Glee and Smash sensation with a musical of their own, as this is being called a  soap, set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene and revolves around one star at her peak and another on the rise.  A sarcastic yay is all that can be mustered about this.

666 Park Ave. (Drama) – The peeps of Teenage fair  The Vampie Diaries, The Secret Circle, and Gossip Girl, bring this hour of unwatchable TV.  It’s based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce. The drama centers on an innocent couple from the Midwest that moves to New York and gets hired to be resident managers of a building on the Upper East Side. There, unbeknownst to the couple, the residents have all unwittingly made deals with the Devil to have their deepest needs, ambitions and desires fulfilled. Harlan Roulette anyone?

Last Resort (Drama)–  Finally one I think could be tolerable. It’s a thriller set in the near future when the country is very fractured and revolves around the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who become hunted fugitives after ignoring an order to fire nuclear missiles. They escape to a NATO listening outpost where they publicly declare themselves to be the world’s smallest nuclear nation with 24 nuclear warheads. This has 24 potential here. I’m going to keep taps on this project. I hope it gets picked up for a series.

 

CBS

Partners (Comedy)- This is a sitcom from the guys who created  from Will & Grace. It’s about the  personal story of two lifelong friends and business partners. Architects Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage. This sounds like it COULD be good… I can see it… Cast John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor and you got a hit… Oh wait… They already did this… It was called Twenty Good Years. Lasted two seasons.

Friend Me (Comedy)–   Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal are the writers, and it centers on twenty-something best friends, Evan and Rob, who move from their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. This sounds like a fox sitcom, but it’s CBS so it will probably be good.

Untitled Malins/Berlanti project (Comedy) This centers on Nick who has a health scare and realizes Wendy, his best friend and business partner of 15 years, is ‘the one’. Now he has to figure out how to break it to her. Really? That is the premise of the series? Maybe the pilot episode but really? The series? I say it will last as long as Work it.

Super Fun Night (Comedy)– This one has an actress attached. Comedic Actress, Rebel Wilson. It’s also produced by Conan O’Brien. Wilson will also write and co-executive produce the project. It follows three nerdy female friends on their ‘funcomfortable’ quest to have SUPER FUN every Friday night. COULD be good with O’Brien involved.

Applebaum (Drama) – Based on Ayelet Waldman’s Mommy Track Mysteries series of books. It centers on a former public defender who becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom. Fun for the whole mom!

Untitled Ralph Lamb project (Drama)– From Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi . this show is set in the 1960s and is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb – rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas. (This one has potential. There are a lot of period dramas coming out though, so it may have some stiff competition.

Quean– ANOTHER boring procedural, centering on an edgy and independent Millennial hacker girl who teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes. I still don’t understand how people can watch procedurals. It’s pretty much the same story every week… And there’s hundreds of these shows… Do they need to make more?

Widow Detective  (Drama)– Revolves around a decorated police officer who, after losing three partners in the line of duty, becomes a surrogate husband, lover and father to their families. Yawn.

 


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