The weather is warming up which means we are already less than six months away from the fall television season. As this year’s lot winds down, we are finding out which new shows are surviving. Somehow ‘Rob’ has aired for more than three episodes making you wonder why Carlos Mencia hasn’t tried to piggy back on the shows borderline offensive stereotypes. But I digress…

We’re also already beginning to see which shows should be coming to a small screen near you next season and some are pretty exciting. Several great shows have ended over the past two seasons (some voluntarily, others not so much) which means there are some talented people out there looking to get their next project going. So, in honor of today’s Final Four, here are four exceptional pilots for GuysNation to get excited about.

J.J. Abrams isn't just banking on the Mayan apocalypse, he's creating who's behind it! Photo courtesy TGDaily.com

Revolution (NBC)

Hot off his success with Alcatraz, Lost and Star Trek mastermind J.J. Abrams has a new project and it’s going to the fourth-place network. Only a few details have been released about Revolution so far, and all we really know is that the cast of characters will struggle “to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.”

Huh? Will gasoline not combust? Coal not burn? Will car batteries not work? I guess I won’t have to replace my cell phone charger after all. Abrams is the master of sci-fi mystery and seems that he has concocted another winner here with Revolution.

And that’s another thing: the title. Revolution. Doesn’t that imply there’s also some sort of plot? It sounds like Mr. Abrams is hot off his cool, new Alcatraz. But it’s not just Abrams behind this one. He will be executive producing it with Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. If you don’t know his resume, it’s a long one that includes Fringe, Person of Interest, the latest Mission: Impossible, Super 8, Lost, and Star Trek. Can you see where this show will be headed?

But it doesn’t stop there. The show was created by Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and recently Iron Man director Jon Favreau has been lured in to direct here, as well. We don’t know anything about the cast yet, but if it’s anything like the brand names behind the curtains it’s definitely going to be a whopper.

The last time Scott Speedman played a federal employee, he was helping Ice Cube stop Willem Dafoe. Oh, how far we've come. Photo courtesy Shawn Ryan

Last Resort (ABC)

I’m just going to say it: I LOVE Shawn Ryan. Not the man, necessarily (okay, that’s a lie), but his work. The Shield remains my all-time favorite show and Terriers and The Chicago Code (even though I was skeptical at first) came to premature ends for the quality of programming they put out. I mean, FX couldn’t pick up the Donal Logue drama somewhere in between endless repeats of B- action movies?

Last Resort is Ryan’s next endeavor and it smells like a winner. After Desperate Housewives and a mind-numbing amount of show like it, ABC might’ve been longing to pull in some more male viewers and this is one heck of a way to do it.

Last Resort follows the crew of a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine. After they fail to follow orders and fire their missiles, they become fugitives of the state. Eventually, the vessel commandeers a small NATO outpost on a forgotten island in the South Pacific and declare themselves the world’s smallest nuclear nation. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Luxembourg!

Starring in the show will be Scott Speedman (of ‘Underworld’ fame), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Unit), Max Adler (Glee), and the lovely Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse). As you can see, Shawn Ryan has already tweeted screen-grabs for the show and I, for one, can’t wait for it to be fall already.

House's Jesse Spencer will be saving victims all over the windy city. No word yet on which ones have Lupus. Photo courtesy NBC ChicagoChicago Fire (NBC)

This one isn’t getting as much attention as some other pilots out there, but maybe it should. Chicago Fire which — yup, you guessed it — follows the lives and hardships of Chicago Firefighters may be picked up by NBC for the Fall. Why would NBC pick it up? Because it’s being produced by Dick Wolfe.

In case you don’t recognize the name, Dick Wolfe produced anything and everything Law and Order and I think that show did okay. The question now is can Dick Wolfe do for firefighters what he did for cops and attorneys. I would say the smart money is on him delivering.

Not too much else is known about the actual plot, but the show has picked up House’s Jesse Spencer for one of the leads. And, if you’re thinking this show might sound a lot like NBC’s Trauma from a couple seasons ago, Taylor Kinney, who played Paramedic Glenn Morrison, is in this one, too. Representing the ladies in the cast will be Lauren German who most recently had an extended role as a detective on Hawaii Five-O.

Special Guest Bonus: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel reportedly plays himself in one episode!

Frank Darabont sets up the classic struggle in L.A., and it's not whether or not Carl stays in the house. Photo courtesy Screenrant.com

L.A. Noire (TNT)

‘Walking Dead’ fans beware: Shane lives! He (being actor Jon Bernthal) will be the star of yet another literature-to-small screen adaptation by Frank Darabont who, suffice it to say, did an excellent job with The Walking Dead.

Though it won’t be on AMC, Darabont looks now to take John Buntin’s non-fiction book “LA Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City” and turn it into a classic 1940’s cops-versus-mobsters drama. At the head of the classic struggle will be LAPD Police Chief William Parker (for whom the famous ‘Parker Center’ is named for) and mobster Mickey Cohen. And need I remind you, TNT already has huge success with LAPD action-dramas (cough-cough Southland cough-cough).

On the IMDB page right now, Bernthal is the only actor officially “cast” (and he will play a man named Joe Teague), but Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Neal McDonough (Captain America, Band of Brothers), and Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans, Defiance) are all tied to the project.

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