Pilot Season 2013: The Buzz


It’s fair to say, the 2012/13 television season didn’t produce any breakout hits.  ‘The New Normal’ and ‘Elementary’ could be classed as hits, but none produced massive numbers in their first season like shows such as Desperate Housewives or Greys Anatomy.  With that said, every TV network is looking for that standout and with almost 100 pilots ordered, it will be interesting to see what makes the cut and what brings the viewers.

Here’s a list of what is ticking my boxes.

ABC comedy:

The Crazy Gene: 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.

Cast: Kelly Preston (Fat Actress), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother), Ella Anderson and Steve Talley

Super Fun Night:  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 and Liza Lapira.

ABC Drama:

Murder in Manhattan: An hour-long dramedy set in New York City centering on a mother and daughter who team as amateur sleuths.

Cast: Annie Potts, Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Enver Gjokaj, Brendan Hines and Shirley Rumierk.

Westside: A soap about the haves and the have-not’s of California’s most seductive region, 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), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Dean Winters (30 Rock), Odette Annable (House), Michael Graziadei (The Young and the Restless) and Lincoln Lewis (Home and Away)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

CBS Comedy:

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, Sara Gilbert and Kristin Davis (Sex and the City).

Friends With Better Lives: A group of thirty-something friends who each think the other has it better.

Cast: Kevin Connolly, James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker (Battleship), Rick Donald, Majandra Delfino and Zoe Lister Jones.

Untitled Rottenberg & Zuritzsky project: A married mom struggles to balance family, life, and work.

Cast: Debra Messing

CBS Drama:

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.

Cast: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Mateus Ward and Quinn Shephard.

NBC Comedy:

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) and Larry Wilmore (Daily Show).

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 and Lindsay Sloane.

NBC Drama:

Untitled Rand Ravich project: When Washington’s most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEO’s to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Max Martini,Rachael Taylor and Stevie Lynn Jones.