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2013-2014 TV Pilots: The Contenders For Next Season!

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2013-2014 TV Pilots: The Contenders For Next Season!
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Blink: In a twist on the typical family drama, a father gets into a car accident that leaves him in a state akin to a coma. He can't speak or move, but he can see and hear everything. Starring Madeline Carroll and John Benjamin Hickey. Not picked up.

Company Town (a.k.a. Norfolk): A sexual assault on a naval base affects the lives of many people in the town, both military and civilian. Starring Arjun Gupta and Dondre Whitfield. Not picked up.

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 recolonizing the planet. Starring Henry Ian Cuisick, Isaiah Washington, Kelly Hu, and Paige Turco. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

The Originals: Klaus returns to his former home, the “supernatural melting pot” of New Orleans’s French Quarter, and is reunited with “his diabolical former protégé Marcel” in this Vampire Diaries spin-off. Starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Claire Holt, and Danielle Campbell. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Oxygen: A human girl and an alien boy strike up an epic romance when he and eight others of his kind — The Orion 9 — are integrated into a suburban high school 10 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. Starring Aimee Teegarden, Greg Finley, Natalie Hall, and Matt Lanter. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Reign:When Mary Queen of Scots arrives in France at age 15 with her three best friends and ladies-in-waiting, she must survive the power plays and sexual intrigue of the French Court. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

The Selection: A common girl is chosen in a lottery to compete against others for the hand of the prince in a dystopian future. Starring Sarah Winter, Peta Sergeant, and Sean Patrick Thomas. Not picked up.

The Tomorrow People: Young people possessing special powers team up to defeat forces of evil. Starring Robbie Amell, Aaron Yoo, and Mark Pellegrino. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

2013-2014 TV Pilots: The Contenders For Next Season!

We're freezing our butts off this winter, but instead of daydreaming about the long, humid days of summer, we've decided to totally bypass the hottest season and fast-forward to next fall. (Who needs that warm weather, anyway?) OK, we’ll cool our jets, but it’s never too early to start looking forward to the new TV shows in development for the 2013-2014 season. Just don’t get too attached — not all of these dramas and comedies will make it to air!

Click each network’s name to read about their hopefuls for the upcoming TV season.

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2013-2014 TV Pilots: The Contenders For Next Season!
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About a Boy: An immature man befriends the loner kid next door in this comedy based on the Hugh Grant movie of the same name. Starring David Walton and Minnie Driver. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Assistance: A good-hearted assistant struggles to maintain a personal life amid her work for an overbearing boss. Starring Krysten Ritter.

Brenda Forever: This comedy tracks the same chracter as a 31-year-old woman and as a 13-year-old girl. Starring Ellie Kemper and David Krumholtz.

Donor Party: A man is forced to finally become an adult when he meets the children his donated sperm produced.

The Family Guide: Divorce is the unlikely catalyst for the repairing of a family in this 1980s-set comedy. Starring Parker Posey, Harold Perrineau, and J.K. Simmons. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

The Gates
: A group of parents get into hijinks in the pick-up/drop-off line at the local school. Starring Ken Marino, Aasif Mandvi, Diana Maria Riva, John Grisetti, Justin Chon, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Christina Kirk, and Kylie Rogers. Not picked up.

Girlfriend in a Coma
: A woman wakes from a coma to find a teenage daughter from a pregnancy she didn’t realize she had. Starring Miranda Cosgrove, Daniel Stern, Ann Cusack. Pushed off-cycle for 2013-2014.

Holding Patterns
: Friends undergo major life changes en route to a destination wedding. Starring Chyler Leigh, Oscar Nunez, and Nelson Franklin. Not picked up.

Joe & Joe & Jane: A confrontation-averse children’s book author is torn between his needy wife and his needy co-author. Starring Sally Pressman and Dave Annable. Not picked up.

The John Mulaney Show: Comedian John Mulaney's life is mirrored in this ensemble comedy. Co-starring Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, and Elliot Gould. Not picked up.

The Michael J. Fox Show: A father of three faces many challenges in his personal and private life, not the least of which is his Parkinson’s disease. Starring Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Katie Finneran, and Wendell Pierce. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Sean Saves the World: A man must simultaneously learn how to be a father to his teenage daughter and an employee of his emotional new boss. Starring Sean Hayes and Lindsay Sloane. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

: A group of “undateable” friends meet a confident character who turns their worlds upside down. Starring Chris D'Elia. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Untitled Craig Robinson Project: An unrefined man starts a new job as a music teacher in a big-city school, dealing with rambunctious students and their (often-single) mothers. Starring Craig Robinson, Amandla Stenberg, Jean Smart, Jane Adams, and Larenz Tate.

Untitled Jessica Simpson Project: A comedy loosely based on Jessica Simpson's life, starring Jessica Simpson.

Untitled Robert Padnick and Greg Daniels Project: Four urbanites traverse the “endless minefield of their romantic entanglements. Starring Adhir Kaylan.

Welcome to the Family (a.k.a. Chuey & Dan): Members of a white family and a Latino family clash when their children fall in love and encounter an unexpected pregnancy. Starring Mike O'Malley, Richard Chavira, and Mary McCormack.


The Night Shift: Previously called After Hours. A group of army doctors reunites in the night shift at a San Antonio hospital. Starring Freddy Rodriguez, Jill Flint, and Ken Leung. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Believe: An escaped prisoner protects a gifted young girl from the evil forces after her power. Starring Sienna Guillory, Kyle McLachlan, Jamie Chung, Delroy Lindo, Jake McLaughlin. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

The Blacklist: An international criminal surrenders and begins naming names, helping the feds track down his former accomplices. Starring Ryan Eggold and James Spader. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Bloodline: A young woman orphaned at birth “by an ancient line of mercenaries, brigands and killers ” must reign supreme over her own mother “at armed combat.” Starring Jonathan Banks, Chris Zylka, and KaDee Strickland. Not picked up.

Chicago PD: Detective Antonio Dawson and his Chicago Police Department cronies are at the heart of this Chicago Fire spin-off, set to be tested in a backdoor pilot. Starring Jon Seda and Tania Raymonde. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Crisis: A Secret Service agent begins his first day at work only to find out that he is in the middle of an international crisis. Starring Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Lance Gross, Halston Sage, and Rachael Taylor. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

I Am Victor: A powerful divorce attorney has a unique perspective when it comes to love. Possibly starring John Stamos and Matthew Lillard.

Ironside: A remake of the 1960s drama about a tough detective relegated to but not limited by a wheelchair. Starring Blair Underwood and Spencer Grammer. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Secret Lives of Husband and Wives: A murder in suburban California unveils a web of lies. Starring James Tupper, Jesse L. Martin, and Perrey Reeves. Not picked up.

The Sixth Gun: A woman in the Old West comes into possession of the most powerful of six legendary pistols and teams up with a weathered gunfighter to battle villains assumed dead. Starring Laura Ramsey and Aldis Hodge. Not picked up.

Untitled Hatfields & McCoys Project: A startling death in present-day Pittsburgh reignites the feud between these two legendary families. Starring Sophia Bush, James Remar, and Annie Ilonzeh. Charlize Theron will executive produce. Not picked up.

Wonderland: In this proposed sequel to Alice and Wonderland, a character named Clara must face down Wonderland's evil new queen, "the woman we once knew as Alice."


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Back in the Game: A mother and recent divorcee moves in with her distant father, a drunkard and former baseballer. Starring James Caan. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Bad Managemen
: A self-centered manager at a high-end luxury goods department store finds her ways challenged when the boss's son comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus. Starring David Spade, Alan Thicke Sharon Horgan, and Rachael Harris.

The Goldbergs: A former couple finds that they're even worse at divorce as they were at marriage. Starring Andrea Anders, Regina King, Adam Goldberg, and Jason Jones. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

How The Hell Am I Normal?
: Members of a 1980s family love each other despite their dysfunction. Starring Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Keep Calm and Karey On: A woman, "the clean-nosed black sheep" in a family of criminals, raises her incarcerated brother's children in addition to her adopted son. Starring Kelly Preston and Jane Seymour.

Middle Age Rage: A middle-aged mother who is fed up with feeling invisible begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she's earned. Starring Annie Mumolo.

Mixology: Five guys and five girls try to find their matches in a New York City hotspot over the course of one night. Starring Sarah Bolger and Vanessa Lengies. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Pulling: Three single women move in together after one breaks off her engagement the night before her wedding. Starring Jenny Slate.

See You Next Tuesday: Employees bond under the strife of working for the horrible-est of bosses.

She's Got Balls: Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father, a former baseball player, and starts coaching her son's Little League team. James Caan is set to star.

Spy: A father accidentally takes a job with the Secret Service to impress his extremely intelligent son. Starring Nat Faxon, Rob Corddry, Paget Brewster, and Ken Jeong.

Super Fun Night: Three nerdy friends endeavor to have “super fun” every Friday night. Starring Rebel Wilson. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Trophy Wife: A former party girl falls for a guy who happens to have three conniving kids and two mean ex-wives. Starring Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, and Marcia Gay Harden. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.


The Assets: A limited series based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, who hunted down the CIA agent/Soviet mole. Picked up for 2014.

Betrayal: An unhappy wife begins an affair with a wealthy family’s lawyer. Starring Stuart Townshend and James Cromwell.

Big Thunder Mountain: In this drama based on the Disneyland roller coaster, a 19th-century New York doctor moves westward with his family to a mining settlement run by a powerful and enigmatic tycoon.

Doubt: A cop becomes a charismatic, "low-rent" lawyer while also fighting himself and fighting for his ex. Starring Steve Coogan, Carla Gugino, and Greg Grunberg.

Gothica: This soapy, modern-day drama intertwines the lives of early horror legends like Dracula, Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, and Jekyll & Hyde. Starring Melissa George, Chris Egan, Tracie Thoms, Seth Gabel, and Janet Montgomery. Not picked up.

Mind Games: A "bipolar genius" and a "slick ex-con" team up to form a problem-solving agency. Oh, and they're brothers. Previously called Influence. Starring Christian Slater and Steve Zahn. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Killer Women: "Ballsy, beautiful, badass" Molly Parker is the only female member of the Texas Rangers. Starring Michael Trucco, Tricia Helfer, and Marc Blucas. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Lucky 7: Seven Queens service station workers' lives are forever changed when they hit the jackpot. Starring Matt Long.

Murder in Manhattan: A mother-daughter team solves crimes as amateur detectives in New York City. Starring Enver Gjokaj and Brendan Hines. Not picked up by ABC, but may be picked up by a cable network.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Alice is a woman "who has a generous heart but carries the scars of a long hard life" in this Once Upon a Time spin-off set in pre-curse Wonderland. Starring Sophie Lowe, Paul Reubens, and Emma Rigby. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Reckless: A professional problem-solver steps into a snake pit of conspiracies and shady alliances when his wife is abducted overseas. Starring Ashton Holmes, Naveen Andrews, Patrick Fugit, Parminder Nagra, Stephen Lang, and Lou Taylor Pucci.

The Returned: Deceased loved ones across the world inexplicably re-appear exactly as they were before they died. Starring Frances Fisher, Omar Epps, Kurtwood Smith, and Samaire Armstrong.

SHIELD: The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division conducts their superhero-heavy covert operations in this Avengers spin-off. Starring Ming-Na.

Venice: A modern-day Romeo and Juliet living in Venice, California, find love even though their families are at war. Starring Jennifer Beals, Odette Annable, Dean Winters, Jessica Lu, and Bruce Greenwood.


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Bad Teacher
: An innappropriate partygirl becomes a teacher for the wrong reasons in this adaptation of the 2011 Cameron Diaz movie. Starring Ari Graynor, Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier, Sara Gilbert, and Ryan Hansen. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

The Crazy Ones: A father/daughter workplace comedy set in the world of advertising. Starring Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton, and James Wolk. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Friends With Better Lives: Four 35-year-old guys all think they have it worse than the other three. Starring James Van Der Beek, Majandra Delfino, Kevin Connolly, and Brooklyn Decker. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Jacked Up: A recently retired baseball player finds out that adjusting to retirement isn't as easy as he thought it would be. Starring Patrick Warburton, Tyne Daly, and Missi Pyle.

The McCarthys: A young gay man tries (and fails) to distance himself from his Irish-Catholic, sports-obsessed family. Starring Joey McIntyre.

Mom: A newly-single woman rebuilds her life in Napa Valley, California. Co-starring Anna Faris, French Stewart, and Allison Janney. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Mother's Day: A 40-year-old "constantly lies into and out of situations" in all spheres of her life. Starring Debra Messing and Paul Adelstein.

Super Clyde: A meek, unassuming fast-food worker decides to become a super hero. Starring Rupert Grint, Stephen Fry, and Tyler Labine.

The Millers: A man not only has to deal with his recent divorce but also with the sudden invasion of his parents. Starring Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, J.B. Smoove, Michael Rapaport, and Margo Martindale. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Untitled Jim Gaffigan Project: A couple lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City with their three young children. Starring Jim Gaffigan and Mira Sorvino.

Untitled Tad Quill Project: A recently widowed father raises his 12-year-old son while jumping back into the dating pool. Starring Matthew Broderick and Kristen Chenoweth.

We Are Men: Previously called Ex-Men. A group of friends rally around a newly-single guy. Starring Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, and Tony Shalhoub. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.


The Advocates
: A female lawyer and a male ex-con join forces to fight for the underdog. Starring Mandy Moore, Ben McKenzie, Brit Morgan, CCH Pounder, and Esai Morales. Not picked up by CBS, but will be shopped elsewhere.

The Anatomy of Violence: A criminal psychologist who specializes in sociopaths partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past. Starring Amber Tamblyn and Skeet Ulrich.

A House-like homicide detective is the focus of this literary adaptation. Starring Rainn Wilson, Thomas Dekker, Camryn Manhim, Dennis Haysbert, and Kristoffer Polaha.

Beverly Hills Cop: A small-screen adaptation of the big-screen comedy franchise. Starring Brandon T. Jackson, Christine Lahti, and David Denman. Not picked up.

Hostages: A family is stuck in the middle of a political conspiracy. Starring Toni Collette, Rhys Coiro, James Naughton, and Dylan McDermott. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Intelligence: A unit that has been created at US Cyber Command around one agent with a very special gift — the ability to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum, thanks to a microchip that has been implanted in his brain. Starring Josh Holloway, Michael Rady, Meghan Ory, and Marg Helgenberger. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

NCIS: Red: A mobile unit of crime solvers not only works together but lives together. Starring Scott Grimes and Gillian Alexy.

The Ordained: A priest and member of a Kennedy-like family becomes a lawyer to foil an assassination plot against his politician sister. Starring Charlie Cox, Audra McDonald, Sam Neill, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Hope Davis, and Jorge Garcia. Not picked up.

Reckless: A Yankee litigator and a Southern city attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing amid a police sex scandal. Starring Cam Gigandet, Adam Rodriguez, Shawn Hatosy, and Michael Gladis. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Second Sight: A gothic psychological thriller about a detective who has hallucinations caused by an autoimmune virus. Starring Jason Lee, Jill Scott, and Derek Luke.

The Surgeon General: A medical drama about the surgeon general of the United States. Starring Jason Isaacs, Sean Astin, Paul McCrane, Anna Deavere Smith, Miguel Sandoval, and Kathryn Morris.


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2 Wrongs: A couple must brave family and friends who believe that the pairing is all wrong.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A ragtag group of detectives work at a precinct at the far extremes of New York City. Starring Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio, and Terry Crews. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

: Two successful thirty-something guys brace for impact when their dads move in. Starring Seth Green and Vanessa Lachey. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Enlisted: A comedy from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel about three brothers who work at an Army base in Florida. Starring Keith David and Parker Young. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

The Gabriels: A quirky, high-strung family moves into a traditional, tightly-knit Midwestern town. Starring Angela Kinsey. Not picked up.

Lifestyle Lemonaid: A woman is married to a top-tier talent agent in this comedy based on the blog by the same name. Starring Erin Richards and Chris Klein.

Surviving Jack: A boy becomes a man and a man becomes a father in a time before coming of age was something you could Google. Starring Christopher Meloni. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

To My Assistant
: Assistants at a prestigious law firm unite to endure their horrible bosses. Starring Brittany Snow, Catherine O'Hara, and Stephen Root. Not picked up.

Two Wrongs: A comedy about a couple whose friends and family think they are totally wrong for each other. Starring Kelli Garner. Not picked up.

Us & Them: Two lovers don’t have a problem with their in-laws so much as their in-laws have problems with themselves. Starring Jason Ritter, Alexis Bledel, and Jane Kaczmarek. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Untitled 50 Cent Project: A "mischievous but well-meaning boy" is at the heart of this comedy loosely based on 50's life.


Almost Human: Produced by J.J. Abrams, J.H. Wyman, and Fringe's Bryan Burk. A buddy cop drama set in the near future when LAPD officers are all partnered up with human-like androids. Starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly, Michael Irby, Mackenzie Crook, and Mekia Cox. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

: A family of assassins works for the federal government. Starring Felicity Huffman and Anthonly LaPaglia. Not picked up.

: To save society, authorities demand that teenagers be cured of love. Starring Emma Roberts, Daren Kagasoff, Jeanine Mason, and Billy Campbell. Not picked up.

Gang Related: A rookie cop rises in the ranks of the San Francisco Department, but — twist! — he's actually a gang member going undercover. Starring Jay Hernandez, Terry O'Quinn, and RZA. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: In the Alan Moore/Kevin O'Neill comic book series on which this pilot is based, a quasi-Justice League of Victorian England unites legendary characters from famous literary works.

The List: A U.S. Marshal tracks a serial killer systematically killing people living undercover in the Federal Witness Security Program. Starring Richard T. Jones, Hilarie Burton, Michael Peña, Gary Cole, and Jessica Szohr. Not picked up.

Rake: A criminal defense lawyer is brilliant in spite of — or perhaps because of — his unfiltered mouth and self-destructive personality. Starring Greg Kinnear. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Sleepy Hollow: A modern-day Ichabod Crane helps Sleepy Hollow’s sheriff fight evil in their small town. Starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Wild Blue: A drama about a handful of the 6,000 men and women working aboard a massive aircraft carrier. Starring Mykelti Williamson.

07.24.2013 / 02:13 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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