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2013-2014 Cable Pilots: Your Next Potential Addictions!


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Geek Out is an unscripted project that takes the ultimate super-fan of a specific film, comic book, author, actor, athlete, musician, video game, or television series on an adventure that emotionally connects them to their obsession.

Halt & Catch Fire: Set in the early 1980s, Halt & Catch Fire dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer, and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas's Silicon Prairie. Starring Lee Pace. Officially picked up!

Turn: Based on the book Washington's Spies, written by Alexander Rose, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence. Starring Jamie Bell. Officially picked up!

Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project is a legal thriller with major political, personal, and ethical stakes. It centers on a District Attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case. The series is an exploration of personal morality and how people struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a simple, ordered moral universe. Starring Marin Ireland and Paul Schneider.

Source: AMC press release, Vulture


Broadcast networks don't get to have all the fun! Cable TV has rose in prominence and prestige over the years, thanks to shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Justified... the list goes on and on.

So which shows could join that pantheon? The cable networks are busy grooming the would-be successors — and have even picked some up to series! — so click each network's name to read about their hopefuls for 2013 and beyond.

ABC Family | AMC | FX | MTV | TNT | USA | Showtime


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Trending Down is a dark comedy about a former ad man struggling with obsolescence. Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn; pilot directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Given the green light by Showtime!

Penny Dreadful is a psycho-sexual horror drama starring Josh Hartnett and Eva Green. Directed by John Logan. Given the green light by Showtime!

Source: Deadline, THR

ABC Family

Credit: ABC Family    

Continuing Fred is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about 20-something Winifred "Fred" Harris, a newly-graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school.

Gross Anatomy is a reality series based on the popular feature from The Doctors designed to help teens with what they consider embarrassing medical conditions.

Phys Ed is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about a high school's star jock, Ed,, who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that, even though he's changed, nothing else really has.


Credit: TNT    

The Last Ship, based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, chronicles a global catastrophe nearly obliterates the earth's population, forcing the crew of a naval destroyer to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors. Starring Adam Baldwin, Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Titus Welliver.

Legends centers on a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn't who he thinks he is. Starring Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Amber Valletta, and Tina Majorino.

Murder in the First is a suspenseful and intriguing crime drama will intimately dissect a single murder case over an entire season, from the commitment of the crime through the investigation, arrest and trial. Starring Taye Diggs and Steven Weber.

Nashville Confidential is a new docudrama that will go behind the scenes in the "Country Music Capital of the World." Centering on some of Nashville's most compelling power couples, the show provides an alluring and unprecedented glimpse behind the scenes of one of America's most unique, vibrant and competitive cities. (Picked up to series)

Untitled Bounty Hunter Drama is a dramatic and quirky project which casts Geena Davis as an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. The show is inspired by the real-life story of Mackenzie Green. Also starring Enrico Colantoni, Gloria Reuben, and Scott Bakula. (Not picked up to series.)

Source: TNT press release


Credit: MTV    

Fake It follows two best friends doing whatever they can to be popular in their high school. (Picked up!)

Generation Cyro is a one-hour docu-drama which explores the issues faced by a new generation of kids coming of age who were conceived via anonymous sperm donors and are redefining what it means to be a family. The series will document the journey of Breeanna, a 17-year-old only child, who recently logged onto the Donor Sibling Registry, a website dedicated to connecting sperm donor families, and learned that she has at least 15 half-siblings all fathered by a man none of them know. Now, Bree's on a mission to meet all of her half-brothers and sisters and lead them on a nationwide search to find their biological father.

Happyland revolves around people who live in one of America's most popular theme parks and all its shady dealings. (Picked up!)

The Hook Up is a dating show in which individuals looking for a match will choose from four potential suitors based on their social media history. With the help of their closest friends, the contestants will try to separate the contenders from the pretenders to see if what you see is really what you get.

Nurse Nation is a new docu-series that follows nine twenty-something travel nurses all assigned to work at a new hospital in a brand new city for 13 weeks. Some of them have been doing this for years, while others are on their first tour. Cameras will be there every step of the way as they take on the unique challenges and intense pressures of working in the medical profession as they face life or death decisions every day. But it's not "all work and no play." On days off, they take advantage of all that their host city has to offer, meet new people and potential new loves while often trying to keep previous relationships and friendships alive. It's the ultimate "work-hard/play-hard" lifestyle.

Source: MTV press release, TheWrap


Credit: FX    

Bronx Warrants is a comedy revolving around a group of errant warrant detectives in the Bronx assigned to arrest individuals with outstanding warrants. With bonuses paid out for each "body" they bring in, the detectives are out to get rich rather than dole out justice.

Chozen is an animated comedy about a white rapper, recently out of prison, who uses his new survival skills in his quest for redemption. Starring Danny McBride, Katheryn Hahn, Michael Pena, and Bobby Moynihan.

The Comedians is a comedy in which a superstar veteran is paired with a younger, edgier comic on a late-night sketch show. Starring Billy Crystal.

Death Pact: Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) stars as a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach, who returns to his hometown as a decorated war hero. He runs across three down-on-their-luck friends and former students and sucks them into his new radical self-help philosophy, which involves harsh consequences for failure.

How and Why tells the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.

Saint George is multi-camera ensemble comedy that revolves around the chaotic life of a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur. In the sitcom, George Lopez will portray a man who struggles to balance his demanding ex-wife, his 11-year-old son, his overbearing mother who just moved in, and his uncle, as well as his new role as a philanthropist "giving back" by teaching history once a week at a night school. (Picked up to series)

The Strain creates a world of vampires unlike any ever depicted in television or film. These bloodsuckers are not the romanticized version of vampires that have become such a cliché — but a terrifyingly original new vision.

Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

Untitled Andrew Gurland Project is a comedy about a married man who is given permission by his wife to get a mistress in order to save their marriage.

Untitled Robert Horn and Bob Boyett Project will be a comedy featuring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence as Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who develop a partnership after they unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives.

You're the Worst is a "comedic love story about what happens when two toxic, self-destructive people fall in love despite themselves and attempt the impossible — a relationship." The show is created and written by Weeds showrunner Stephen Falk!

Source: FX, The Wrap


Credit: USA    

All In centers on Brandon Lang, one of the country's winningest handicappers and luckiest men. In the pilot, Lang will knock on the door of an unsuspecting American family with a suitcase full of cash and an opportunity of a lifetime: an ultimate gaming adventure with the chance to hopefully boom, not bust. With real money at stake, he will put his handicapping expertise and luck to the test as he and the family embark on a series of high stakes games to build their bank, one bet at a time.

Bride or Best Man: A "bromantic comedy" with a twist, Bride or Best Man highlights a trip down the aisle that goes completely wrong when the groom and his best man are left in charge of planning the "big day."

Cowboy Way is a docu-series following the lives of the men and women who work on a lone Texas cattle ranch. Faced with the worst single-year drought and wildfires that have claimed more than 4 million acres, the ranchers have begun to sell off their herds in numbers not seen since the Dust Bowl days. As they battle the elements, these ranchers struggle to keep the "cowboy way" alive. It's the only way they've ever known.

Horizon: Set during the height of World War II, Horizon centers on a secretary at the FBI who discovers that her husband might have been killed in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific. Obsessed with learning the truth, she becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion.

Paging Dr. Freed is a comedy about two gynecologist brothers who inherit their father's thriving medical practice after he suffers a heart attack during an attempt at "playing" doctor with his young secretary. Along with taking over the family business, these brothers also must deal with something else their father left behind — their overbearing, neurotic mother. Trusted and beloved by their patients, these guys are professionals when it comes to women but only from the neck down. Starring Joel David Moore, Annie Potts, Kyle Howard, and Leslie Grossman.

Romancing the Globe: A new spin on the relationship format, Romancing the Globe takes participants on a globe-trotting search for love that leads to the potential of ultimate betrayal.

Sirens follows three of Chicago's best EMTs whose sometimes self-loathing, other times narcissistic, and always downright self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships, and most occupations. They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone unlucky enough to wind up in their ambulance. Starring Isaiah Mustafa.

Untitled Parham & St. Clair Project is a single-camera comedy about what happens when single parent Maggie calls on her best friend, Emma, single and career-focused, to help her raise her new baby. Starring Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair, Keegan Michael Key, and Zach woods.

When the Women Come Out to Dance is a drama about a Colombian mail-order bride who finds herself working as a fixer in South Miami as she struggles to escape her troubled past. Starring Aisha Hinds, Bryan Greenberg, Cotter Smith, Stephanie Sigman, and Stephen Root.

Source: USA press release

Dancing on the Edge is only sort of a pilot pickup, in that Starz will air the 5-part miniseries that originally aired on BBC. (Picked up!)

07.27.2013 / 03:28 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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