Erika Rivera Staff Writer
It seems like everyone and their mother has a pilot up for grabs and in need of casting for the upcoming television season. With so many pilots and casting news circulating, it is quite easy to get lost and miss out some interesting shows that might make your TV watching list. Not to worry, PopWrapped has got you covered. From all the networks, here is a breakdown (with help from The Hollywood Reporter) on what you can hopefully expect to make its way to the boob tube sometime this year!
These are just a few highlights of the Pilot Season 2013; check to see what some of your favorite networks are currently bidding on and casting and see if your favorite actors/actresses have landed a role! We’ll point out a few that we think will make it big or are the ones to watch out for.
Bad Management: A slightly self-centered female boss (Pulling’s Sharon Horgan) at a high-end luxury goods department store who finds her ways challenged when the boss’ son comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus.Cast: Sharon Horgan
Divorce: A Love Story: Based on the Israeli format Life Isn’t Everything, the comedy revolves around Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple who were bad together, but discover they’re even worse apart and can’t seem to stay out of one another’s lives.
How the Hell Am I Normal? (previously How the F Am I Normal): A dysfunctional Wonder Years set in the simpler times of the 1980s, inspired by Adam F. Goldberg’s childhood. Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal, Hayley Orrantia, Darien Provost
Keep Calm and Karey On (previously the untitled Andrea Abbat): Karey is the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists — but when her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted African-American son and give them the normal lives they deserve.
Middle Age Rage: About a middle aged mother who is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.
Mixology: A high-concept single-camera comedy from the writers behind The Hangover set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar chronicling the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night. Cast: Kate Simses, Mercedes Masohn, Blake Lee, Andrew Santino, Adam Campbell, Vanessa Lengies (1st position over Fox’s Glee), Craig Frank
** My pick for a hit;
Cheers to a Gleek for landing this**
Pulling: The story of three dysfunctional women in their 30’s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Based on the British series of the same name.Cast: Mandy Moore, June Diane Raphael
**Has potential; Mandy Moore is pretty awesome at these types of roles**
Spy: Based on the British series of the same name, a well-intenent father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, who also happens to be his complete opposite, inadvertently takes a job at the secret service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Cast: Rob Corddry, Paget Brewster, Mason Cook
Super Fun Night(rolled from CBS last year): Revolves around three nerdy female friends, including Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson, on a “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night. Cast: Rebel Wilson, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira
**With Rebel Wilson at the helm, sure-fire winner, no doubt**
Trophy Wife: A reformed party girl named Kate (Malin Akerman) finds herself with an instant family when she falls in love with a man named Brad (Bradley Whitford) who has three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.Cast: Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales, Ryan Scott Lee, Albert Tsai, Gianna LePera
The untitled Cullens project: When Terry Gannon, a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s (Griffin Gluck) underdog little league team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.Cast: James Caan, Maggie Lawson (1st position before USA’s Psych), Griffin Gluck, Ben Koldyke
Untitled John Leguizamo project: Based on John Leguizamo’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality. Cast: John Leguizamo
Betrayal: A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved. Cast: Henry Thomas
Big Thunder: When a brilliant, late-19th-century New York doctor and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon, they quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems. Based on the Disney attraction. Cast: Pierce Gagnon (Looper)
Doubt: A former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer uses his street smarts to work the system for hisclients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife.Cast: Rockmond Dunbar
Gothica: A sexy Gothic soap set in the present day that weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) and Dorian Gray (Chris Egan), among others. Cast: Chris Egan (Kings), Tom Ellis (EastEnders), Raza Jaffrey
**With its mix of fantasy and literary legends, this is one to keep an eye on**
Influence: Provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers (Steve Zahn) who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation. Cast: Steve Zahn
Killer Women: It’s hard to fit in when you’re the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, but that doesn’t stop Molly Parker — our ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas. Cast: Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Marc Blucas (Buffy)
Lucky 7: An adaptation of British drama The Syndicate, the drama revolves around seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot. Cast: Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Murder in Manhattan: An hour long dramedy set in New York City centering on a mother and daughter who team as amateur sleuths. Cast: Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Shirley Rumierk
Reckless: When his wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resourceful problem solver David desperately pursues every legal option to secure her release. But when he’s stymied by the U.S. government in the name of diplomacy, David is forced to consider less-than-legal options — entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes. Cast: Ernie Hudson, Eloise Mumford, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ashton Holmes
**From one of the creative minds behind Mad Men, this one looks like it would entice those fans to watch**
The Returned: What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return. Based on a novel by Jason Mott. Cast: Matt Craven
S.H.I.E.L.D.:Based on Marvel Comics’ secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency’s moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics. Cast: Ming-Na, Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet
**Seriously, it’s Joss Whedon and Marvel! No brainer here, this one is going to be the one to beat and the best pilot option so far for ABC**
Venice: A soap about the haves and the have-not’s of California’s most seductive city, Venice. The drama will focus on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice.Cast: Jennifer Beals (The L Word)
Bad Teacher: Based on the film, a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee becomes a teacher to find her next husband. Cast: Ari Graynor (Fringe), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), David Alan Grier
Crazy Ones: A father-daughter workplace comedy set in the world of advertising. Cast: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk
**Looks like one to watch from the casting of it so far**
Ex-Men: A young guy (Chris Smith) who finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex. Cast: Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell, Tony Shalhoub, Rebecca Breeds
Friends With Better Lives: A group of thirty-something friends who each think the other has it better. Cast: James Van Der Beek
Jacked Up: Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement) stars as a beloved, recently retired baseball player finds that adjusting to retirement isn’t as easy as he thought it’d be. Cast: Patrick Warburton
Mom* (from speculation): Revolves around a newly sober single mom (Scary Movie’s Anna Faris) who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley. Cast: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), Spencer Daniels, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Sadie Calvano, French Stewart
**Looks very promising since it’s from the mastermind behind Big Bang Theory and has some actors with serious comedic chops on board**
The McCarthys: A family comedy about a loud, sports-crazed Boston clan. Cast: Jacki Weaver, Jack McGee, Jake Lacy, Joey McIntyre, Jessica Chaffin
Super Clyde: Centers on a meek, unassuming fast food worker (Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint) who decides to become a super hero. Cast: Rupert Grint
**Pretty excited about this one since it has my favorite Weasley and Potter BFF**
Unauthorized Greg Garcia project: A recently divorced man’s life is complicated when his parents decide to move in with him. Cast: Will Arnett (2nd position to NBC’s Up All Night), Margo Martindale (Justified)
Untitled Jim Gaffigan comedy: The semi-autobiographical comedy revolves around Gaffigan as a happily married and harried New York City father of five — as he is in real life. Oscar winner Mira Sorvino will portray his wife. Cast: Jim Gaffigan, Mira Sorvino, Christian Barillas
Untitled Rottenberg & Zuritzsky project: Based on an Israeli format, a married mom struggles to balance family, life, and work.
Untitled Tad Quill project: A recently widowed father raises his 12-year old son while jumping back into the dating pool.
The Advocates:A female lawyer and a male ex-con team as “victim advocates,” going to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog.Cast: CCH Pounder,
Anatomy of Violence: A criminal psychologist with an expertise in sociopaths partners with a young, female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past. Cast: David Harewood (Homeland)
Backstrom: Based on the Swedish book series about an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior.
Beverly Hills Cop: Continuation of the movie franchise, centered around Axel Foley’s police officer son, who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.Cast: Brandon T. Jackson, Eddie Murphy, David Denman, Kevin Pollak, Sheila Vand (Argo)
**Looks really good at first glance; hopefully it can pull off the hype that is sure to follow**
Hostages: Follows Ellen (Toni Collette), a Washington, D.C., surgeon who is thrown into a political conspiracy after being chosen to operate on the president of the United States. Her family is taken hostage, and it’s her responsibility to save their lives. It is based on an Israeli format by Alon Aranya, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir that was never produced.Cast: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan (second position to NBC’s Deception), Rhys Coiro, Sandrine Holt, Mateus Ward, Quinn Shephard
**Very excited about this one; it has some great actors in it and the premise is original**
Intelligence: Centers on U.S. Cyber Command, a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift: a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Cast: Josh Holloway (Lost), Michael Rady
NCIS: Red(back-door pilot to air in the spring as an episode of NCIS: LA): The back-door pilot will air as part of NCIS: L.A. and follow a mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes. Cast: Kim Raver, John Corbett, Miguel Ferrer, Scott Grimes, Edwin Hodge, Gillian Alexy
**Not crazy about spin-offs, but this one looks like a win**
The Ordained: The son of a Kennedy-esque family leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated. Cast: Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), Nestor Cerano
Reckless: A sultry legal show set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern city attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.
Second Sight: Based on the U.K. series of the same name by Paula Milne, the Gothic psychological thriller revolves around a detective who is suddenly afflicted with an autoimmune virus that causes hallucinations reflective of his subconscious. He discovers that catching the killer depends as much on insight as eyesight. Cast: Jason Lee, Kim Dickens (Treme)
The Surgeon General: A medical show centered on America’s doctor: the surgeon general of the United States. Cast: Jason Isaacs
**Quite partial to Jason’s work so hopefully this one takes off**
Blink: A warm, quirky, humorous drama about a family whose lives are forever changed, for better and worse, when the patriarch has a car crash resulting in a coma-like syndrome where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all. His narration and fantasy sequences emanating from his mind provide context and a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of the family and his own situation. Cast: Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Michael Weston (House)
Company Town: A scandal at a Naval base in Virginia touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area, launching the drama into a multi-generational, mult-iclass, family and relationship series centered around two early twenty-something women who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the townie/military divide. Cast: Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Maya Kazan
The Hundred: Ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Based on the forthcoming The Hundred book series (initial two-book order), written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown. Cast: Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Eli Goree, Bob Morley
The Originals(back-door pilot airing April 25): A spin-off of the CW’s The Vampire Diaries revolving around the Original family in New Orleans. In the episode, Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago, and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). Elijah, intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. Cast: Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Charles Michael Davis, Danielle Campbell, Danielle Campbell, Leah Pipes
**TVD family for the win! Definitely a sure-fire hit for the CW; who doesn’t love the Mikaelsons?**
Oxygen: Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl (Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden) and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Malese Jow, Titus Mankin Jr.
**Another Keeper for the CW; a very promising cast and plot**
Reign: The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue.Cast: Adelaide Kane
The Selection: Set 300 years in the future, the drama is an epic romance centering on a working-class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love and the kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown. Based book by Kiera Cass.Cast: Sean Patrick Thomas, Peta Sergeant
**Very curious about this one; I like the Hunger Games type of twist to it. Hopefully others will be curious and tune in**
The Tomorrow People: Based on the U.K. series created by Roger Price, the drama tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.Cast: Robbie Amell, Peyton List (Mad Men), Luke Mitchell
Dads(six-episode straight to series order): Centers on two successful guys in their 30’s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. Cast: Tommy Dewey (The Mindy Project), Brenda Song, Peter Riegert
Enlisted: Based on Kevin Biegel’s relationship with his siblings, the comedy follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida. Cast: Geoff Stults, Angelique Cabral, Keith David
Friends and Family: Based on the BBC series Gavin & Stacey, friends and family are the best support and the worst nightmare when two very different lovers meet and try to make a long-distance relationship work.Cast: Jason Ritter
The Gabriels(formerly House Rules): Centers on a neurotic family with contempt for all things normal that tries their best to fit into their small Midwest town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns. Cast: Rob Riggle, Tim Meadows, River Alexander, Brooke Sorenson, Sara Sevigny
I Suck at Girls: Based on Justin Halpern’s book I Suck at Girls, it’s a story about a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google.
To My Future Assistant:Based on the blog and upcoming book To My Assistant, by Lydia Whitlock, the comedy revolves around assistants at a big New York law firm who band together as a family to help each other cope with the obnoxious overbearing bosses who challenge their sanity on a daily basis. Cast: Catherine O’Hara, Joe Egender
**With a hint of Horrible Bosses, this one sounds like it will be a riot to watch**
Two Wrongs: Two star-crossed lovers, Nick and Jenny, must contend with Nick’s family’s strong dislike of Jenny, which is not helped by the fact that Jenny left Nick at the altar seven years ago.
Untitled Dan Goor/Mike Schur comedy: Revolves around a diverse group of detectives at a New York precinct. Cast: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti
**Andy Samberg? I’ll tune in to see if everyone else can keep up with him***
Boomerang: Focuses on the usual, everyday drama surrounding a family business — except this family is in the business of executing hits as assassins for the U.S. government. Cast: Felicity Huffman
Delirium: Based on best-selling trilogy about a world where love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable: she falls in love. Cast: Emma Roberts, Billy Campbell (The Killing), Gregg Sulkin, Corey Reynolds
**With its futuristic feel and the casting of Emma Roberts, this one has potential**
Gang Related: A gang member (Ramon Rodriguez) sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” — the SFPD’s Gang Task Force. Cast: Ramon Rodriguez (Charlie’s Angels), Sung Kang (Fast and Furious)
The List: When members of the Federal Witness Security Program start getting killed, U.S. Marshal Dan Shaker leads the hunt for the person who stole “the list” – a file with the identities of every member of the program.Cast: Michael Pena (End of Watch), Richard T. Jones, Charity Wakefield
Rake: Greg Kinnear stars as a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer named Keegan Joye in a drama based on the Australian series of the same name.Cast: Greg Kinnear, Miranda Otto, John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan, Bojana Novakovic
Sleepy Hollow: A modern-day supernatural thriller based on the legend of Sleepy Hollow. Cast: Nicole Beharie (Shame), Orlando Jones, Katia Winter
Untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman project: An action-packed buddy cop drama, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
The Wild Blue: ER, The West Wing and Top Gun collide in this young ensemble about the working men and women on board a U.S. aircraft carrier. Equipped with a 500-foot landing strip, a nuclear reactor and 6000 souls on board, the drama is an upstairs/downstairs look at pressure-cooker lives of the U.S. Navy.
About a Boy: An adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel and the 2002 Hugh Grant feature film, it follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child (Bent’s David Walton) and the young boy who moves in next door with his crazy, single mother. Cast: David Walton, Minnie Driver
**Big fan of the movie so this one is on the must check out list**
Assistance: Based on Leslye Headland’s play of the same name, the female-fronted comedy revolves around Nora, an idealistic assistant who attempts to find balance in her life while juggling the demands of a larger-than-life boss. The project is described as a fast-moving comedy centered on an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague (“work husband”) and her real life fiancé while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss.Cast: Krysten Ritter (Apartment 23), Peter Cambor
Brenda Forever: Stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.Cast: Ellie Kemper
The Donor Party: Comedy centering on a man trying to move to the next stage in life only to discover he’s already there — since he’s got children from early life sperm donations. The kids belong to a widow trying to get life together and her lesbian neighbors.
Gates: Based on the British comedy of the same name, Gates revolves around the parents and staff who navigate the twice-daily social landmine that exists at the school drop-off gates of an elementary school.Cast: Ken Marino, Aasif Mandvi, Greg Germann, Diana Maria Riva, Josh Grisetti, Justin Chon, Echo Kellum (guest star), Kathleen Rose Perkins, Christina Kirk, Kylie Rogers, Gunnar Sizemore, Diana Maria Riva, Stephen Guarino
Girlfriend in a Coma: After almost two decades, a 34-year-old woman wakes up from a coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold. Based on a book by Douglas Coupland. Cast: Christina Ricci, Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Daniel Stern
**Wednesday Adams and iCarly as mother and daughter? I’m sold**
Holding Patterns: Ensemble comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash.
Joe, Joe and Jane*: The semi-autobiographical project centers on a conflict-avoidant children’s book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife (Army Wives’ Sally Pressman) and his co-author/best friend (Dave Annable); it’s not about a couple, it’s about a “trouple.” Cast: Dave Annable, Will Greenberg, Sally Pressman (Army Wives), Larry Wilmore (Daily Show), McKenna Grace, Lauren Lapkus, Asif Ali
Undateable: A young ensemble centering on a group of friends dubbed the “Undateables” whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world. Cast: Brent Morin, Rick Glassman
Untitled DJ Nash: A son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s (Parker Posey) new-found adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce. Loosely based on Nash’s life. Cast: Parker Posey, J.K. Simmons
Untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick comedy :Revolves around the trials and tribulations of dating in your 20’s as told through a group of friends. Bright-eyed and vulnerable Matthew Hirsch is ready to find love, but needs the help of his three best friends to survive the labyrinth of mind games and human suffering that is dating in your early 20’s.
Untitled John Mulaney/Lorne Michaels comedy: An ensemble comedy that is created, written by and starring stand-up comedian John Mulaney based loosely on his life. Cast: John Mulaney
Untitled Michael J. Fox comedy — ordered straight to series: Inspired by the former Family Ties actor’s life, Fox stars as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career and challenges — including Parkinson’s disease — as he goes back to work as a news anchor. Cast: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Katie Finneran (Wonderfalls), Wendell Pierce (Treme), Ana Nogueira, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore
**Michael J has always had a special place in my heart so this one makes the list to tune into as it touches somewhat on his life**
Untitled Owen Ellickson & Craig Robinson comedy: Centers on a talented musician (The Office’s Craig Robinson) who adjusts to his new life as a middle school music teacher, where he maneuvers precocious kids, teacher politics and the temptations of single moms.Cast: Craig Robinson, Amanda Lund
Untitled Victor Fresco/Sean Hayes project: Centers on Sean (Hayes), a guy who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter — who just moved in — while juggling a temperamental new boss at work. Cast: Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, Echo Kellum, Linda Lavin
Welcome to the Family: Cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. Cast: Mike O’Malley
**Glee’s favorite dad on the planet! SOLD**
After Hours: An ensemble medical show following Army doctors working the late shift at a San Antonio Hospital. Cast: Brigid Brannagh, Eoin Macken, Freddy Rodriguez, Jeananne Goossen, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Robert Bailey Jr., Brendan Fehr, J.R. Lemon
Believe: An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo with a gift and a man named Tate (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.Cast: Jake McLaughlin (Savages)
The Blacklist: The world’s most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection.
Bloodline: A contemporary pulp thriller that revolves around an orphaned young girl named Bird Benson (Skyler Samuels), who because of an accident of birth is caught in the struggle between two warring families of mercenaries and killers. Mentored by a Chinese man, Bird has to accept the quest to find and defeat her mother in mortal combat if she is to ever lead a normal life. Cast: KaDee Strickland (Private Practice), Tom Everett Scott, Skyler Samuels (The Nine Lives of Chloe King), Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Hatfields & McCoys: Set in present-day Pittsburgh, a startling death reignites the feud between these two legendary families. Unleashing decades of resentment, the blue-collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city. Cast: Virgina Madsen, Jesse Lee Soffer
**This one can go either way as far as its potential for America really loves everything about this infamous feud; the modern twist might throw people off but I think it’s a must watch**
I Am Victor: Based on author Jo Nesbo’s upcoming book, the drama is described as House revolving around a high-powered divorce attorney named Victor Port with a unique view of relationships. Cast: John Stamos
**With Stamos as its potential lead, if he does take it, people will tune in though I will miss him on the New Normal**
Ironside: A remake of the 1960’s series that starred Raymond Burr. The reboot stars Blair Underwood as a tough, sexy but acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who, hardly limited by his disability, he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city. Cast: Blair Underwood
The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives: A drama about a murder in suburban California and the secrets exposed in its aftermath.Cast: James Tupper, Jesse L. Martin, Laura Allen, Martin Henderson, Nicole Ari Parker, Olivia Luccardi, Perry Reeves, Jake Miller
The Sixth Gun:Based on the best-selling Oni Press graphic novel, this supernatural Western follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers.
Untitled Rand Ravich project: When Washington’s most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear. Forced together by dire circumstances these power brokers, the FBI and a rookie secret.
Wonderland: The modern-set follow-up to Lewis Carroll’s Alice revolves around Clara, whose life took an unexplained turn for the worse seven years ago. A mysterious stranger tells her there may be an explanation after all … that lies in the fantastical world of Wonderland. Determined to revive her dreams and get her life back on track, Clara agrees to wage war against the reigning but malevolent Queen, the woman we once knew as Alice. **
This is one, if it lives up to its premise, will be a hit for who doesn’t love Alice in Wonderland?**
There you have it, all the pilots up in the air for the upcoming season. A common theme with most of the shows is that a lot are shaping up to be American versions of British hits (guess the Brits are doing something right) but that hasn’t been working well over here so far (Skins anyone? Being Human?)
Which shows are you curious about? Any of these jump out at you as must watch? Will you be checking of these out or will you be sticking to your current favorites? Sound off!