2014–2015 TV Pilots: The Master List of Hopefuls For Next Season!
While the mercury dips lower than we thought possible, we're keeping ourselves toasty with the following hot prospects for the 2014-2015 television season. Here are the pilots the networks are mulling over — and the shows they've already decided to air! Meet your next potential TV addictions:
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An American Education: A naive British teacher takes a job in the San Diego public school, his unconventional methods clashing with his standardized superiors. Starring Jack Whitehall, Brittany Snow, Rosie Perez, Devin Ratray, Phil Morris, and Dalpre Grayer. Not ordered to series.
Bambi Cottages: A dad desperate for a vacation moves with his family to New Hampshire and opens a group of tourist cottages, but there's nothing relaxing about the resort. Starring Paul F. Thompkins and Molly Shannon. Not ordered to series.
Black-ish: An affluent black man tries ingraining his assimilated children with a sense of cultural identity — while being thwarted by other family members. Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Yara Shahidi. Ordered to series.
Cristela: In this semi-autobiographical comedy from comedy Cristela Alonzo, she plays a Latina law student who straddles two cultures and finds herself estranged from both. Starring Cristela Alonzo, Terri Hoyos, Roxana Ortega, Carlos Ponce, and Andrew Leeds. Ordered to series.
Damaged Goods: A comedy about sexual politics in the post-feminist era. Starring Anna Camp, Ben Lawson, Steve Talley, Justin Hartley, Kyle Jones, and Kellee Stewart. Not ordered to series.
Fresh Off the Boat: A Taiwanese family (including a hip-hop obsessed son) deals with American culture in '90s-era suburban Orlando. Starring Hudson Yang, Randall Park, and Constance Wu. Ordered to series.
Galavant: A fairy-tale musical about a handsome prince plotting against the king who stole his true love. Starring Joshua Sasse, Vinnie Jones, and Luke Youngblood. Ordered to series.
Irreversible: A sitcom — based on hit Israeli comedy Bilti Hafich — about an eccentric and self-absorbed couple and the trouble into which they get. Starring David Schwimmer, Jessica Knappett, and Iris Bahr. Not ordered to series.
Keep It Together: A sitcom about two recent divorcees trying to be friends out of concern for their kids, based on the life and comedy of Kevin Hart. Executive-produced by Kevin Hart. Starring Romany Malco, Amber Stevens, and Bresha Webb. Not ordered to series.
Manhattan Love Story: A sitcom unveiling the unedited inner monologues of a young, new couple. Starring Jake McDorman, Kurt Fuller, Analeigh Tipton, Nicholas Wright, and Chloe Wepper. Ordered to series.
Saint Francis: A 29-year-old woman gets pregnant out of wedlock — rocking the world of her blue-collar brother, a Long Island cop and family man. Starring Michael Imperioli, Spencer Grammer, Sharon Gless, Jeremy Luke, Paget Brewster, and Henry Simmons. Not ordered to series.
Selfie: A 20-something woman's social media obsession backfires when she becomes the target of a viral video — forcing her to enlist a marketing expert to fix her image. Starring Karen Gillan, Natash Henstridge, John Cho, Tim Peper, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, and Allyn Rachel. Ordered to series.
Strange Calls: A Boston cop transferred to a post on a Nantucket Island lighthouse teams up with the lighthouse operator, an expert on the paranormal, to investigate the island's unexplained phenomena. Not ordered to series.
The Winklers: A construction worker is forced to live with his oversharing, over-loving in-laws. Starring Henry Winkler, Judith Light, Eva Amurri Martino, Josh Sussman, and Domenick Lombardozzi. Not ordered to series.
Agatha: A convict-turns-criminologist is assigned to a small-town disappearance case, for which the chief detective is her estranged father. Starring Bojana Novakovic, Aaron Ashmore, Clancy Brown, Erik Palladino, Daniel Henney, and Christian Keyes. Not ordered to series.
American Crime: A racially-charged murder trial in California's Central Valley exposes issues of class and gender politics. Starring Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Benito Martinez, W. Earl Brown, Penelope Ann Miller, and Richard Cabral. Ordered to series.
Astronaut Wives Club: A drama focusing on the spouses of the American heroes in the Space Race era. Starring JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Odette Annable, Desmond Harrington, and Azure Parsons. Ordered for at least 10 episodes to air in 2015.
Clementine: Zealots pursue a criminal they believe to have supernatural abilities she could one day use for epic good or equally epic evil. Starring David Strathairn, Sarah Snook, Edwin Hodge, Kevin Alejandro, Kathleen Munroe, Nick Gehlfuss, and Mykelti Williamson. Not ordered to series.
The Club:An upstairs-downstairs soap set at a private country club. Starring Betsy Brandt, Boris Kodjoe, Chris Conroy, and Callie Hernandez. Ordered for at least 13 episodes.
Dangerous Liaisons: Two New York City socialites seduce and attract one another by playing others like pawns. Starring Rufus Sewell, Melissa George, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Elliot Knight, and Oded Fehr. Not ordered to series.
Exposed: An investigative journalist does whatever it takes to root out the truth — even if it means making unsavory alliances. Starring Ben Barnes, Fran Kranz, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sandrine Holt, Pedro Pascal, Brian F. O'Byrne, and Peter De Jersey. Not ordered to series.
Forever: New York City's best medical examiner has a hidden advantage: he's immortal. Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Joel David Moore, Judd Hirsch, Barbara Eve Harris, Alana de la Garza, and Donnie Keshawarz. Ordered to series.
How to Get Away With Murder: Ambitious law students and their enigmatic professor get ensnared in a murder plot on campus. Starring Viola Davis, Matt McGorry, Tom Verica, Liza Weil, Aja Naomi King, Charlie Weber, Katie Findlay, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, and Karla Souza. Executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes. Ordered to series.
Marvel's Agent Carter: It's 1946, Peggy Carter must balance her administrative day job with her covert missions for the Strategic Scientific Reserve in this Captain America: The First Avenger spin-off. Starring Hayley Atwell. Ordered to series.
Sea of Fire: The discovery of a pornographic film starring three teenage girls ravages a small town, causing a rash of violent crimes and revelations. Starring Jennifer Carpenter, Michael Trucco, Keir Gilchrist, Amanda Detmer, Christina Chang, Jeffrey Nordling, Lilli Birdsell, and Jack Davenport. Not ordered to series.
Secrets & Lies: When a patriarch finds the body of a young boy, he becomes the prime suspect in the murder case. Starring Ryan Phillippe, KaDee Strickland, Charles Dutton, Clifton Collins Jr., Kate Ashfield, Steven Brand, Indiana Evans, Natalie Martinez, and Juliette Lewis. Ordered for at least 10 episodes.
Warriors: Doctors at the cutting-edge Walter Reed Military Medical Center save lies and advance science. Starring Eloise Mumford, Morena Baccarin, Greg Grunberg, Don Hany, Steve Kazee, Justina Machado, Hampton Fluker, Abbie Cobb, Brianna Brown, and Courtney B. Vance. Not ordered to series.
The Whispers: An unseen alien enemy seeks to destroy the world by hijacking humanity's most precious resource. Starring Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, and Derek Webster. Ordered to series.
Cuz-Bros: A scatter-brained dude crashes with and disrupts the life of his cousin, a successful ladies man. Starring Geoff Stults. Not ordered to series.
Good Session: A therapist helps a happy couple realize that the question of having a baby or not might be just the beginning of their issues. Starring James Roday, Rich Sommer, and Tracey Ullman. Not ordered to series.
How I Met Your Dad: A spin-off of How I Met Your Mother that introduces new characters and a new, female voice. Starring Greta Gerwig, Nick D'Agosto, Andrew Santino, Krysta Rodriguez, and Drew Tarver. Fate undecided.
The McCarthys: A family sitcom focusing on a loud-mouthed family obsessed with Boston sports. Starring Jack McGee, Joey McIntyre, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn, and Kevin Coleman. Ordered to series.
The Mistake: A couple has a surprise pregnancy fairly late in life, after they had raised their kids. Starring Julianna Guill. Not ordered to series.
More Time With Family: A family man switches up his career to spend more time at home. Starring Tom Papa, Nancy Lenehan, Alyson Hannigan, and Joe Pantoliano. Not ordered to series.
The Odd Couple: Two mismatched roommates are the focus of this remake of the classic comedy. Starring Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Lindsay Sloane, Georgia King, Wendell Pierce, and Sarah Baker. Executive-produced by Matthew Perry. Ordered to series.
Save the Date: A 35-year-old single woman mistakenly books a wedding venue while drunk and scrambles to find a potential husband. Starring Maggie Lawson, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jay R. Ferguson, Julie White, Tom Bennett, and Brian Howe. Not ordered to series.
Untitled Jim Gaffigan comedy: A semi-autobiographical comedy about comedian Jim Gaffigan as a loving but overworked father of five. Starring Jim Gaffigan, Adam Goldberg, and Ashley Williams. Not ordered to series.
Battle Creek: Two detectives in Battle Creek, Michigan, have polar-opposite views on how to purge the town of its crime: one believes in deception and cynicism, the other banks on trust and faith in humanity. Starring Dean Winters, Josh Duhamel, Kal Penn, Janet McTeer, Damon Herriman, Aubrey Dollar, and Edward Fordham Jr. Written by and executive-produced by Vince Gilligan. Ordered to series.
CSI: Cyber: A drama centering around Avery Ryan, the head of the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, Virginia. Starring Patricia Arquette. Ordered to series.
Madam Secretary: A female Secretary of State battles politicians, diplomats, and family members alike. Starring Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Geoffrey Arend, and Patina Miller. Ordered to series.
NCIS: New Orleans: A spin-off of the NCIS franchise featuring cases in the Southeast. Starring Scott Bakula, CCH Pounder, Zoe McLellan, and Lucas Black. Ordered to series.
Only Human: Medical soap focusing on the lives of quadruplets — three male, one female — who grew up in front of millions of viewers of their reality show. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Ashton Holmes. Not ordered to series.
Red Zone: After an attack in D.C., a former CIA agent has to swing back into action to infiltrate a terrorist breeding ground. Starring Anthony LaPaglia, Kim Dickens, Graham Rodgers, David Castro, Aimee Garcia, and Shanley Caswell. Not ordered to series.
Scorpion: An eccentric genius and his international network of tech-savvy fellow geniuses ward use their skills to ward off global threats. Starring Elyes Gabel, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Robert Patrickm and Jadyn Wong. Ordered to series.
Stalker: Two detectives take point on stalking cases for the Los Angeles Police Department's Threat Management Unit. Starring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q. Ordered to series.
Untitled Taylor Elmore/Ben Cavell drama: A drama centering on the finance world and the swirling power and money therein. Starring David Morse, Sophie Okonedo, Charlie Cox, and Joseph Lyle Taylor. Not ordered to series.
Bordertown: An animated comedy about two families in a tiny town on the U.S.-Mexico border — one led by an industrious Mexican immigrant and one by a border patrol agent. Executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane. Ordered to series.
Cabot College: A hitherto-women's college welcomes men for the first time. Starring Bonnie Dennison, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Brandon Jones, Margaret Cho, Ely Henry, and Asif Ali. Executive-produced by Tina Fey. Not ordered to series.
Dead Boss: An overachieving woman relies on her messed-up sister to prove her innocence when she's convicting of murdering her boss. Starring Jane Krakowski, David Cross, Rachel Dratch, Cedric Yarborough, Justine Lupe, and Ravi Patel. Not ordered to series.
Fatrick: In this time-hopping comedy, Patrick must come to terms with the fact that his life is not what he imagined — and face down his bullied past as "Fatrick." Starring Zach Cregger, Marcia Cross, Ray Ford, and Dante Hoagland. Not ordered to series.
Last Man on Earth: A comedy... about... the last man on earth. Starring Will Forte. Ordered to series.
Mulaney: A semi-autobiographical comedy about aspiring comedian John Mulaney and his boss, roommates, and neighbors. Starring John Mulaney, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Elliott Gould, Seaton Smith, and Zack Pearlman. Ordered for at least 16 episodes.
No Place Like Home: A longtime-single mom moves her new husband and three teenage kids in with her thirtysomething son. Starring Jane Kaczmarek, David James Elliot, Jon Heder, Peter DaCunha, Brendan Meyer, and Natasha Bassett. Not ordered to series.
Sober Companion: An unorthodox sober companion upends the life of a personable-yet-hard-living attorney. Starring Justin Long and Ally Maki. Not ordered to series.
Weird Loners: Four determinedly-single people find themselves thrown together in a Queens townhouse. Starring Zachary Knighton, Becki Newton, and Nate Torrence. Ordered for at least six episodes.
Backstrom: An abrasive detective can't control his self-destructive behavior as he and his Serious Crimes Unit tackle sensitive cases in Portland. Starring Rainn Wilson, Krostoffer Polaha, Dennis Haysbert, Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, Thomas Dekker, and Genevieve Angelson. Ordered for at least 13 episodes.
Empire: The travails of a family-run hip-hop empire. Starring Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Jussi Smollet. Ordered to series.
Gotham:An origin story for Batman's Gotham City that focuses on Commissioner James Gordon and his adversaries, the metropolis's famed villains. Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Zabryna Guevara, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, and Drew Powell. Ordered to series.
Hieroglyphic: In ancient Egypt, a legendary thief is sprung from prison to assist the Pharaoh in the palace — entering a world of deception, sex, and sorcery. Starring John Rhys-Davies, Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Kelsey Chow, Condola Rashad, Caroline Ford, and Antony Bunsee. Ordered for at least 13 episodes.
Home: A soapy drama about the secrets of a suburban family. Not ordered to series.
The Middle Man: A rule-bending FBI agent and an Irish-American gangster informant team up to take down the Italian-American mafia in 1960s-era Boston but, in so doing, accidentally let the Irish-American mob take power. Executive-produced by Ben Affleck. Fate undecided.
Red Band Society: Teenagers in the children's wing of a hospital band together as friends and allies. Starring Octavia Spencer, Griffin Gluck, Charlie Rowe, Rebecca Rittenhouse, and Zoe Levin. Ordered to series.
A to Z: A comedy exploring the "A to Zs" of a relationship in the online dating world. Starring Cristin Milioti, Ben Feldman, Leonora Crichlow, Christina Kirk, and Henry Zebrowski. Executive-produced by Rashida Jones. Ordered to series.
Bad Judge: A law-breaking, sexually-adventurous, hard-partying woman is actually a San Bernardino Criminal Court judge. Starring Kate Walsh, Miguel Sandoval, Chad Kultgen, John Ducey, Mather Zickel, Arden Myrin, and Tone Bell. Produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Anne Heche. Ordered to series.
Ellen More or Less: A woman reinvents her entire life after losing 100 pounds. Starring Stacey McGunnigle, Jama Williamson, and Michael Liu. Not ordered to series.
Feed Me: A dysfunctional family somehow keeps it together just enough to run a restaurant. Starring Mary-Louise Parker, Debra Monk, Ethan Peck, Ed Quinn, and Hart Bochner. Not ordered to series.
Fifth Wheel: A young woman realizes she's the last one of her group of friends who isn't engaged. Not ordered to series.
Lifesaver: A comedy that explores what happens when the world's most annoying person turns out to be your kidney donor. Starring Christian Borle, Lindsay Price, and Jonathan Ryland. Not ordered to series.
Love Is Relative: A recent divorcé moves in with his sister and her husband and causes them to reconsider their marriage. Starring Leslie Bibb, Jason Jones, Barry Rothbart, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Not ordered to series.
Marry Me: A young couple realizes that being engaged is not as easy as it seems. Starring Casey Wilson, Ken Marino, John Gemberling, Tim Meadows, and Tymberlee Hill. Ordered to series.
Mason Twins: Two fraternal twins reunite after being estranged for 15 years, only to realize that neither has gotten her life together. Starring June Diane Raphael, Errin Hayes, Windell Middlebrooks, Bret Ernst, and Todd Grinnell. Not ordered to series.
Mission Control: Tensions flare when a macho astronaut clashes with a strong woman during the race to the moon in this period sitcom. Starring Krysten Ritter, Malcolm Barrett, Leah Renee, Jonathan Slavin, Michael Rosenbaum, Tommy Dewey, and Julie Meyer. Executive-produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Ordered to series.
The Money Pit: Newlyweds try to keep it together while the house around them falls apart in this comedy based on the 1986 Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie. Not ordered to series.
Mr. Robinson: An itinerant musician lands a job as a middle school music teacher and, through questionable means, shows the kids the whole world of music. Starring Craig Robinson, Larenz Tate, Amanda Lund, Ben Koldyke, and Jean Smart. Ordered for at least six episodes.
Mystery Island: Cruise ship passengers get stranded on a desert island in this animated comedy. Starring Ed Helms. Not ordered to series.
Old Soul: A young woman struggles on the path to self-discovery while assisting a group of headstrong elderly people. Starring Natasha Lyonne, Ellen Burstyn, Rita Moreno, Fred Willard, Greta Lee, and Nick Thune. Not ordered to series.
One Big Happy: Two longtime besties and roommates — a straight man and a gay woman — finally get pregnant via artificial insemination just as the former meets and marries the love of his life. Starring Elisha Cuthbert, Nick Zano, and Rebecca Corry. Ordered to series.
The Pro: A former tennis champion whose career took a nosedive uses his charisma to get back into the 1% while working as a pro at a tennis and golf club. Starring Rob Lowe, Rob Riggle, Colton Dunn, Rosa Salazar, and Andrea Savage. Executive-produced by Robe Lowe. Not ordered to series.
Two to Go: Two best friends stumble their way though the dating world while everyone around them try to show that they actually belong together. Starring Christine Woods and Michael Stahl-David. Not ordered to series.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:A woman starts a new life in New York City after breaking free of a doomsday cult. Starring Ellie Kemper, Sara Chase, Lauren Adams, and Robert Carlock. Written and executive-produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Ordered to series.
Allegiance: A war hero and CIA agent doesn't realize that his parents and sister are part of a recently-reactivated Russian sleeper cell. Starring Hope Davis, Margarita Levieva, Annie Ilonzeh, and Kenneth Choi. Ordered to series.
Aquarius: In 1960s-era Los Angeles, a police sergeant goes undercover to chase down real-life cult leader and serial killer Charles Manson. Starring David Duchovny. Ordered to series.
Babylon Fields: Babylon Fields, New York, is rocked when the town's dead rise from the grave and seem to evolve faster than their never-died brethren. Starring Meagan Good, Skeet Ulrich, and Kyle Schmid. Not ordered to series.
Constantine: An ex-con becomes a supernatural detective who battles dark forces from another plane of existence. Starring Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, and Harold Perrineau. Ordered to series.
Emerald City: Dorothy Gale is swept into a battle for Oz in this gritty and modern remake of The Wizard of Oz. Ordered to series.
The Mysteries of Laura: Based on a Spanish series, a homicide detective is ruthlessly efficient at her job but can't seem to deal with her awful twins. Starring Debra Messing, Josh Lucas, and Laz Alonso. Ordered to series.
Odyssey: An international military conspiracy affects not only three distressed individuals — a female soldier, a corporate attorney, and a political activist — but their families, as well. Starring Nate Mooney, Anna Friel, Jake Robinson, Daniella Pineda, Adewale Akkinouye-Agbaje, Peter Facinelli, and Treat Williams. Ordered to series.
Salvation: A recent widow fiercely protects her family and her faith while getting to the bottom of her husband's mysterious death. Starring Ashley Judd, Danny Huston, Stark Sands, Rob Brown, Meg Steedle, Emma Dumont, and Jake Picking. Not ordered to series.
The Slap: One man slapping another father's child sets off a whirlwind of family drama and legal proceedings. Ordered to series.
State of Affairs: A CIA attaché struggles to balance her personal life with her professional one — which involves briefing the President on international incidents. Starring Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Leslie Odom Jr., Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, and Cliff Chamberlain. Ordered to series.
Tin Man: A young attorney is forced to defend a fugitive robot accused of first-degree murder, who happens to be vital to human evolution. Starring Patrick Heusinger and Vondie Curtish-Hall. Not ordered to series.
The Flash: A spin-off of Arrow, serving as the origin story of Barry Allen, aka The Flash. Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, John Wesley Shipp, and Carlos Valdes. Ordered to series.
Identity: A woman is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate the powerful (and possibly terrorist) family of the man who generously donated an organ to her. Starring Ahna O'Reilly, Patricia Wettig, Manish Dayal, Matt Bar, and Stephen Hagan. Not ordered to series.
iZombie: A med student become a zombie and works in a coroner's office to feed off dead brains, only to discover she can inherit memories and solve the murder cases for each corpse. Starring David Anders, Ruhul Kohlie, Malcolm Goodwin, Nora Dunn, and Alexandra Krosney. Produced by Rob Thomas. Ordered to series.
Jane the Virgin: A hard-working and deeply religious young Latina woman becomes artificially inseminated in a bizarre accident. Starring Gina Rodriguez and Justin Baldoni. Ordered to series.
The Messengers: A group of strangers die when an unknown object crashes to earth, but they are then somehow resurrected... and blamed for the ensuing doomsday. Starring Sofia Black-D'Elia, Joel Courtney, and Diogo Morgado. Ordered to series.
Supernatural: Bloodlines: Hunters and monsters clash in Chicago in this Supernatural spin-off. Starring Nathaniel Buzolic, Lucien Laviscount, Sean Faris, Danielle Savre, and Stephen Martines. Not ordered to series.