Jan 312013

/last update January 31, 2013/

Click here for complete list of this season TV pilots, pitches and new shows in development.

The following shows were put in development in January 2013.


LIFETIME “Witches of East End” (formerly “Witches of East Road”)  Based on a book by Melissa de la Cruz about two sisters discovering special powers. Cast: Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Mädchen Amick, Patrick Heusinger. Put to series at the end of January 2013.

TNT “King & Maxwell” Originally pitched to CBS drama about two former secret service agents in PI business. Based on David Baldacci characters of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Cast: Rebecca Romijn, Jon Tenney, Ryan Hurst, Chris Butler. Picked to series in mid January 2013. 10 episodes order.

Showtime “Penny Dreadful”  vampire hunter project set in 19th century London and involving cast of off the shelf characters such as as Van Helsing, Dorian Gray and Doctor Frankenstein chasing vampires. Project is led by John Logan and Sam Mendes. In early January 2013 project has received a series commitment, with production to begin in London in the second half of 2013.

NBC “Camp” dramedy about summer camp. Straight to series pick up, 13 episodes in pipeline. Summer premiere. Greenlit in early January 2013.



[Amazon] “Betas” comedy  about young Silicon Valley entrepreneur trying to raise cash for his big idea.

CBS “The Gabriels” comedy with Robin Williams starring as advertising exec. David E. Kelley to produce. Project pitched at the end of August 2012. Director assigned to pilot at the end of January 2013. Cast: Robin Williams, Rob Riggle

NBC “Hatfields & McCoys” modern day take on family rivalry. Charlize Theron to produce. Director assigned to pilot at the end of January 2013.

ABC “Lucky 7” comedy about lives of seven employees of a service station in Queens after they win lottery with syndicated ticket. Based on British format “The Syndicate”.

ABC “Middle Age Rage” comedy about wife and mother amidst mid life crisis.

ABC “Crazy Gene” Comedy about woman who takes care of two teenage kids who’s parents are in prison. Based on real life story by Andrea Abbate.

ABC “Bad Management” comedy about staff of a high end department store facing new, younger management.

FOX “Gang Related” drama about member of crime syndicate infiltrating ranks of San Francisco PD but finding himself torn between loyalty to his old gang and new friends in line of duty.

FOX “Wild Blue” military drama following staff onboard nuclear aircraft carrier. This project was pitched for last season, but was shelved. Project is independent from the untitled Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner project of similar premise selected by Fox earlier this year.

NBC “Brenda Forever” comedy set in two time lines and following the same woman as teenager and thirty something woman. Ellie Kemper informally set as a lead.

NBC “Wonderland” drama set in the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. CSI creator involved. The CW purchased similar project earlier on this year.

ABC “Gothica” gothic soap incorporating mashup of storylines from fin de siecle mythology – Dracula, Dorian Gray, Jekyll and Hyde etc.

ABC “Reckless” court room drama about two Charlestone lawyers battle in a police sex scandal case.

ABC “Big Thunder” drama about brilliant 19th century NY doctor relocating to small mining town. Based on Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain roller-coaster ride

CBS “The Surgeon General” drama project about Surgeon General battling politics and business to ensure health of the nation. From creator of “Lie To Me”.

CBS “Bad Teacher” comedy series adaptation of 2011 movie by the same title about rude and crude materialistic trophy wife turned high school teacher. Cast: Ari Graynor, David Alan Grier

The CW “Blink” drama about family whose father suffers from coma like symptoms after car accident.

The CW “Tomorrow People” sci fi show about international group of advanced evolution people with special powers fighting evil. Remake of 1970ies British show of the same title. Project surfaced in mid November 2012. Pilot now green lit.

CBS “Mom” comedy about single mom who tries to find sobriety and new life in Napa Valley. Chuck Lorre to produce. Cast: Anna Faris, Allison Janney

ABC “Doubt” procedural about a former cop turned lawyer who uses his street smarts to help his clients. From David Shore. Pilot production commitment announced after short bidding war with CBS in mid September 2012.

The CW “Reign” fantastical reimagining of the story around teenage Mary The Queen of Scots. Project sold in late October 2012.

ABC “Killer Women” procedural drama about beautiful but brave female member of predominantly male based Texas Rangers. Based on the Argentine series “Mujeres Asesinas”.

The CW “The Hundred” post apocalyptic drama set hundred years after destruction of earth where now orbit based humankind survivors attempt Earth re-colonization by releasing hundred youngsters to the surface of the planet.

ABC “Influence” Drama about two brothers – bipolar psychological mastermind and clever conman — solving client’s problems in unique and manipulative ways. Project from Lone Star and Awake creator Kyle Killen. Put pilot commitment announced in early September 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013.

The CW “Oxygen” alien drama following near future high school program attempting to integrate a group of stranded and segregated by force humanoid aliens with general teenage population.

ABC “She’s Got Balls” (formerly “Safe At Home”) comedy about driven, divorced, single mother who has to move back with her father. Pilot production commitment issued in early September 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013. James Caan to star.

ABC “Spy” Adaptation of UK series of the same title about single father who quits his lame job just to be accidentally recruited by intelligence  agency. Put pilot commitment issues mid August 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013.

FX Untitled comedy about couple who decide to invite mistress to their marriage to save their relationship.

NBC Untitled comedy project focusing on young musician who becomes music teacher at school.

FOX “Boomerang” drama about family who serve as assassins for government.

NBC Untitled comedy loosely based on life of SNL scribe John Mulaney.

FOX Untitled Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot-produced J.J. Abrams sci fi procedural set in not too distant future where LAPD cops are partnered with human resembling androids. Pilot production commitment announced in early September 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013.

NBC “Undateable” comedy about two polar opposite men brought together by their inability to pick up women. Script commitment with penalty received in mid October 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013

CBS “The Advocates” Drama about lawyer and ex-con who team up to defend victims and “right wrongs”. From creator of “The Mentalist”. Director assigned to pilot in late January 2013.

FOX “Two wrongs” comedy about couple who’s friends think they’re wrong for each other. Michele Morgan to write. Project was purchased in late August 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013.

FOX “Enlisted” comedy about three brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida. From co-creator of “Cougar Town” co-creator Kevin Biegel . Project got deal with penalty at the beginning of September 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013.

HBO “Togetherness” comedy about two couples living under the same roof. Written by Duplass brothers.

ABC “The Returned” drama based around worldwide event in which loved ones are returned to their families. Based on upcoming novel by Jason Mott.

ABC Untitled modern Romeo and Juliet style drama setup in Venice, California. From producer of “The O.C.” McG. Put pilot commitment announced on August 6, 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013

ABC “Betrayal” drama about unhappily married woman who starts affair with a lawyer defending case against her prosecutor husband in a murder trial. Based on the 2011 Dutch series Overspel. Put in development at the end of August 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013

ABC “Pulling” comedy about three single women in mid thirties moving in together after one of them breaks off engagement. Based on 2006 British series of the same title. Script commitment with penalty announced in mid September 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013

CBS “Friends With Better Lives” comedy about group of friends in their mid thirties envious about each others lives.

FOX “Delirium” futuristic drama set in a world where love is illegal and can be eradicated by special procedure. Usher production. Based on books by Lauren Oliver

CBS “Backstrom” Detective drama based on books by Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson. From creator of Bones. Pilot commitment reported 30 June 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013.

FOX “The List” procedural drama focusing on US Marshall leading investigation around murders of people from witness protection list.

CBS “Beverly Hills Cop” based on movies of the same title. Project from Eddie Murphy and “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan announced end of August 2012. CBS signed pilot production commitment at the start of September. Pilot ordered in late January 2013. Cast: Brandon T. Jackson Continue reading »TV pilots, pre-orders, pitches and new series… «

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Jan 292013

February 4, 2013  Monday

TNT  10:00/9:00c “Monday Mornings” Created by David E. Kelley and neurosurgeon/CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D comes a drama about pros and cons of being a brain surgeon.
Cast: Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina
Preview: Teasers and trailers here
Forecast: Kelley does not miss when it comes to dramas. This will succeed.
Competes in schedule with: Castle, Hawai Five-O, Deception

February 14, 2013  Thursday

ABC 8:00/7:00c “Zero Hour” [CANCELLEDMagazine editor becomes involved in one the most elaborate conspiracies in human history after his wife is kidnapped.
Cast: Anthony Edwards. Michael Nyqvist, Scott Michael Foster, Carmen Ejogo and Jacinda Barrett
Preview: Several trailers and previews here
Forecast: One for early cancellation. Anthony Edwards is unlikely to carry conspiracy drama on his ex-surgeon shoulders, but good script could add enough momentum for a season or two. Note: on March 1, 2013 – the script turned out s&%t and the show was cancelled after just three episodes.
Competes in schedule with:

Big Bang Theory, Vampire Diaries

February 19, 2013  Tuesday

The CW 9:00/8:00c “CultReporter and production assistant investigate cult following of a charismatic leader. A russian nesting doll of a show – what we are watching is effectively show about making a show about a series.
Cast: Matt Davis, Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal, Robert Knepper
Preview: Territory locked trailers on broadcasters site
Forecast: Unlikely to succeed. The non linear narrative of investigative reportage mixed with mockumentary show footage (within show) and behind the scenes of the mockumentary is very unclear. Execution and handling of it by the show runners and crew is too messy. “The River” as an example of recent “show about show” novelty format, was much clearer and had much more linear plot, and yet it failed. I’d be surprised if “Cult” survived
Competes in schedule with: Comedy block on all main channels – Go On, New Girl, Happy Endings

Note: On April 10, 2013 network pulled the show off the schedule due to rating figures way below half a point. Reminder of episodes made to date might be put online at later date.

February 26, 2013  Tuesday

CBS 10:00/9:00c “Golden Boy” Cop rise to fame story told as series of flashbacks by protagonist who becomes the youngest police commissioner in NYPD history. Special previews on February 26 and March 5, then show falls back to regular slot on Fridays at 9:00/8:00c from March 8, 2013.
Cast: Theo James, Kevin Alejandro, Chi McBride, Holt McCallany, Bonnie Somerville and Stella Maeve
Preview: Yes. 42 minute preview of the pilot episode is available via CBS website
Forecast: Unlikely to go beyond initial order. A retrospective procedural show carried entirely on shoulders of a newcomer. I can’t see it becoming a hit.
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Jan 102013

85th Academy Awards nominations were revealed this afternoon. Full list of nominations can be found here and highlights below:


“Amour” – list to follow
“Argo” – Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney (Producers)
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald (Producers)
“Django Unchained” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone (Producers)
“Les Misérables” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh (Producers)
“Life of Pi” Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark (Producers)
“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy (Producers)
“Silver Linings Playbook” Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon (Producers)
“Zero Dark Thirty” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison (Producers)

Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman for “Les Misérables”
Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master”
Denzel Washington for “Flight”

Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts for “The Impossible”

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