Jul 012014
 

/Original post date July 20, 2014 – updated November 8, 2014/ Upcoming TV shows to broadcast between September 2014 and end of end of summer 2015. The list, as every year, does not include cartoons, documentaries, reality shows and kids series (titles where main cast or over 50% of actors are under 16). It’s work in progress, descriptions and air times will be updated constantly as soon as I get more info (usually once a week). If you have any updates, please use comments section at the bottom of the page to message me.

 

SCI-FI/SUPERNATURAL

FOX “Gotham”  [FULL SEASON ORDERED] behind the scenes superhero series focusing on origin story of Commissioner James Gordon as he fights the villains before he met Batman. Series commitment after network bidding war. Cast: Benjamin McKenzie, David Mazouz, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee,Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Drew Powell and Zabryna Guevara. FOX’ Mondays 8:00/7:00c. Premieres September 22, 2014.

The CW “The Flash” [FULL SEASON ORDERED] DC comics superhero project revolving around Barry Allen/Flash, introduced as an 3 episode plot within “Arrow” series now upgraded to stand alone series. Cast: Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candace Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, Michelle Harrison, Patrick Sabongui and John Wesley Shipp. The CW’ Tuesdays 8:00/7:00c. Starts October 7, 2014.

NBC “Constantine” drama about supernatural guardian defending world from evil based on DC comic book series of the same title. Script purchase with penalty. Cast: Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Lucy Griffiths and Charles Halford. NBC Fridays 10:00/9:00c. Expected October 24, 2014.

[Syfy] “Ascension” follows crew of NASA’s secret space mission launched in 1960ies sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century long travel into stars to populate new world. Cast: Tricia Helfer, Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth, Brandon P. Bell November 24, 2014.

The CW “iZombie” supernatural procedural/zombie drama based on books by DC Comics featuring zombie medical student who picks job at coroner’s office to get sustainable access to fresh brains but discovers she can inherit memories from her “meals” helping her solve crimes. Cast: Rose McIver, Rahul Kohli, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Nora Dunn and Alexandra Krosney. Expected midseason 2015.

ABC “Agent Carter” another backstage superhero drama set in Marvel universe this time focusing on Captain America’s girlfriend. Cast: Hayley Atwell. Expected midseason 2015. ABCs Tuesdays 9:00/8:00c. Expected winter 2014.

The CW “The Messengers” drama following a small group of strangers is awaken from death with task to prevent end of the mankind after unidentified extra terrestrial object crashes to earth. Cast: Diogo Morgado, Shantel VanSanten, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Jon Fletcher, Craig Frank, Lane Garrison and Joel Courtney. Expected midseason 2015.

ABC “The Whispers” drama revolving around alien forces trying to destroy the planet through Earth’s natural resources. Cast: Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, Lily Rabe, Derek Webster, Brianna Brown, Kylie Rogers, Catalina Denis and Kyle Harrison Breitkop . Expected midseason 2015.

[Netflix] “Sense8” sci-fi drama from Wachowski siblings described only as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted” . 10 episode order straight from pitch. Cast: Alfonso Herrera, Aml Ameen, Brian J Smith, Daryl Hannah, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton. Delayed to 2015.

NBC “Heroes: Reborn” reboot of supernatural show “Heroes” following new cast of characters with superhuman powers. Cast:  Jack Coleman

[Syfy] “Killjoys” scifi series following team of interplanetary bounty hunters. 10 episode initial order. Cast: Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke MacFarlane

[Syfy] “The Expanse” drama set two hundred years in the future following detective following massive conspiracy across stelar system. 10 episodes in pipeline. Cast: Thomas Jane,

 

LEGEND/MYTH/FAIRYTALE/FANTASY

ABCGalavant” fairy tale musical following handsome prince on the quest to reunite with his one true love stolen by evil king. Cast: Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Mallory Jensen, Vinnie Jones, Karen David, Luke Youngblood. ABC Sundays 8:00/7:00c Comes this winter.

[Syfy] “Olympus” mythological drama of human struggle against Gods and monsters. 13 episode initial order.

NBC “Emerald City” reimagined, possibly medical genre soap inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz. This is the third “Oz” related project this year.

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Jan 162014
 

/Original post date July 20, 2013 – last update September 3, 2014/ Upcoming TV shows to broadcast between September 2013 and end of end of summer 2014. The list, as every year, does not include cartoons, documentaries, reality shows and kids series (titles where main cast or over 50% of actors are under 16). It’s work in progress, descriptions and air times will be updated constantly as soon as I get more info (usually once a week). If you have any updates, please use comments section at the bottom of the page to message me.

50 shows renewed, 47 shows cancelled

SCI-FI/SUPERNATURAL

ABCMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” [RENEWED] (formerly “S.H.I.E.L.D.”) Marvel universe superhero adjuscent show from writer-director Joss Whedon exploring backstage work of Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division as known from “The Avengers”. Pilot ordered end of August 2012. Full 22 episode season pickup in October 2013. Cast: Clark Gregg , Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet.  ABC Tuesdays 8:00/7:00c Premiered on September 24, 2013

The Cast of ABC' Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton.

The CWTomorrow People” [CANCELLED] sci fi show about international group of evolutionally advanced people with special powers fighting evil. Remake of 1970ies British show of the same title. Project surfaced in mid November 2012. Pilot was green lit at the end of January 2013. More scripts ordered in October 2013 Cast: Peyton List, Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, Mark Pellegrino, Madeleine Mantock. ABC Wednesdays 9:00/8:00c Premiered on October 9, 2013

The Cast of The Tomorrow People

The Tomorrow People: Aaron Yoo, Peyton List, Robbie Amel, Luke Mitchell

 

FOXAlmost Human” [CANCELLED] 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 was announced in early September 2012. Pilot ordered in late January 2013. Cast: Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Michael Irby, Mackenzie Crook, Minka Kelly, Karl Urban, Mekia Cox.  FOX Mondays 8:00/7:00c Premiered Sunday, November 17, 2013. Continues Monday, November 18, 2013. Cancelled after airing 13 episodes.

The cast of Almost Human

“Almost Human” on FOX: Michael Irby, Mackenzie Crook , Lili Taylor, Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and Minka Kelly

CBSIntelligence” [CANCELLED] high concept drama about a man with a top-secret experimental microchip implanted in his brain but with more serious approach than Jake 2.0, Chuck or tons of other shows that had similar premise. Plus usual addition of procedural twist. Cast: Josh Holloway, Michael Rady, James Martinez, Marg Helgenberger, Meghan Ory, John Billingsley. CBS Mondays 10:00/9:00c Premiered January 13, 2014. Preview on January 7.

The CW “Star-Crossed”  [CANCELLED] (formerly: “Oxygen”) alien drama following near future high school program attempting to integrate a group of stranded and forcefully segregated humanoid aliens with general teenage population. Picked to series in early May 2013. Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Grey Damon, Matt Lanter, Natalie Hall, Malese Jow, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley, Titus Makin Jr.  The CW Mondays 8:00/7:00c. Premieres February 17, 2014.

The CWThe Hundred” [RENEWED] (or “The 100”) 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. Cast: Eliza Taylor, Henry Ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos, Isaiah Washington, Christopher Larkin, Kelly Hu. The CW Wednesdays 9:00/8:00c. Starts March 19, 2014

NBCBelieve” [CANCELLED] (working title) Supernatural drama about girl in possession of hibernated superpowers and a man who escapes from prison to serve as her protector. From J.J. Abrams. Script purchase with pilot production commitment issued in September 2012. Cast: Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Jamie Chung, Sienna Guillory, Arian Moayed. NBC Sundays 9:00/8:00c. Comes Midseason 2014. Vanished from schedule as of May 18.

[Syfy]”Dominion”  [RENEWED] drama based on universe established by the 2010 movie “Legion” set set 25 years in the future after a war between angels and mankind. Cast: Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head, Luke Allen-Gale. Syfy Thursdays 9:00/8:00c. Started June 19, 2014.

HBO “Leftovers” [RENEWED] event drama following people that were left behind on earth during global rapture event. Damon Lindelof’s take on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel. In development since summer 2012. Pilot ordered in early February 2013. Peter Berg announced in April 2013 he will direct the pilot . Cast: Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Christopher Eccleston, Amanda Warren, Liv Tyler, Michael Gaston, Margaret Qualley. HBO Sundays 10:00/9:00c. Premiered June 29, 2014.

CBS “Extant”  [RENEWED] sci fi project about female astronaut returning from space mission with child. Bidding war between major networks is rumoured with winner expected to be issue straight to series commitment. Surfaced at the beginning of August 2013. 13 episode straight to series order at the beginning of October 2013. Cast: Halle Berry, Goran Visnjic, Hiroyuki Sanada. CBS Wednesdays 9:00/8:00c. Premiered July 9, 2014.

LIFETIME “The Lottery” [CANCELLED] dystopian drama set in the future world where women stopped having children and national lottery decides upon 100 surrogate mothers for fertilised embryos. Cast: Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Athena Karkanis, Yul Vazquez, Shelley Conn, Martin Donovan. Lifetime Sundays 10:00/9:00c. Premiered July 20, 2014.

BBC America “Intruders” drama set around secret society seeking immortality by residing in bodies of other people. Based on Michael Marshall Smith’s book of the same title. Cast: John Simm, Mira Sorvino, Tory Kittles, James Frain. BBC Saturdays 10:00/9:00c. Starts August 23, 2014

[Netflix] [DELAYED] “Sense8” sci-fi drama from Wachowski siblings described only as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted” . 10 episode order straight from pitch. Cast: Alfonso Herrera, Aml Ameen, Brian J Smith, Daryl Hannah, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton. Delayed to 2015.

 

LEGEND/FAIRYTALE/FANTASY

FOXSleepy Hollow” [RENEWED] Modern day adaptation of Ichabod Crane’s adventures with the notorious headless horseman mixing occult mystery with procedural. Ordered by FOX after initial unsuccessful pitch to The CW, CBS, ABC and NBC networks. Pilot ordered in late January 2013. Cast: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Cho, Lyndie Greenwood. FOX Mondays 9:00/8:00c Started September 16, 2013

The cast of Sleepy Hollow

“Sleepy Hollow” on FOX: Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie

ABCOnce Upon A Time in Wonderland” [CANCELLED] (previously “Once: Wonderland”) – long expected “Once Upon A Time” spin off show project from late February 2013 originally based around character of Mad Hatter from series one. After  Sebastian Stan was not available to reprise the role the projects focus shifted towards unaired character of Alice (of the Wonderland fame). Casting started in late March 2013. Production began April 7. Cast: Sophie Lowe, Peter Gadiot,  Michael Socha, Emma Rigby, Paul Reubens.  ABC Thursdays 8:00/7:00c Beginning October 10, 2013.  Will not be renewed after season one, series finale aired on April 3, 2014.

The CWThe Originals” [RENEWED] direct “Vampire Diaries” spin off about origins of the blood sucking family in French Quarters of New Orleans. Characters were introduced as backdoor pilot (a stand alone episode of Vampire Diaries on April 25, 2013). More scripts ordered in October 2013 Cast: Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Danielle Campbell, Alexandra Metz. Picked to series at the end of April 2013. CW Tuesdays 8:00/7:00c. Premiered October 3, 2013. Renewed for second season in February 2014.

The cast of The Originals

“The Originals” on The CW: Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Joseph Morgan and Claire Holt

LIFETIMEWitches of East End” [RENEWED] (formerly “Witches of East Road”)  Story about two sisters discovering special powers hidden from them by their continously reincarnating family. Based on a book by Melissa de la Cruz. Put to series at the end of January 2013. Cast: Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Mädchen Amick, Patrick Heusinger. Lifetime Sundays 10:00/9:00c. Premiered on October 6, 2013.

NBCDracula” [CANCELLED] costume drama about immortal vampire posing as American entrepreneur and arriving in London to seek revenge on those who betrayed him centuries earlier but falling hopelessly in love with a woman who he believes to be a reincarnation of his deceased wife. Reimagining of Bram Stoker novel. NBC with Sky Living UK production tandem. Script by Cole Haddon. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica de Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. 10 episode initial order. NBC Fridays 10:00/9:00c Premiered October 25 2013. Not renewed for second season.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula

“Dracula” with Jonathan Rhys Meyers

ShowtimePenny Dreadful”  [RENEWED] vampire hunter project set in 19th century London and involving ensamble of legendary characters such as as Van Helsing, Dorian Gray and Doctor Frankenstein in their quest of hunting 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. Director assigned in mid June 2013. Cast: Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway. Expected in 2014.

[Syfy] “Bitten” [RENEWED] 13 episode Canadian werewolf drama originally produced for Entertainment One and focusing on the world’s only female werewolf trying to live as a human and working as a photographer in Toronto. Based on novel by  Kelley Armstrong. 13 episodes series one. Cast:  Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt, Greg Bryk, Paul Greene. Syfy Mondays at 10:00/9:00c. Premiered January 13, 2014.

Bitten poster

Bitten cast: Michael Xavier, Greyston Holt, Laura Vandervoort, , Greg Bryk, Steve Lund

[El Ray] “From Dusk Till Dawn” [RENEWED] – vampire horror based on Quentin Tarrantino movie. Cast:  Don Johnson, DJ Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia, Robert Patrick, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Eiza González. 10 episode order. ElRey Tuesdays 10:00/9:00c. Premiered on March 11, 2014

[WGN] “Salem” [RENEWED] dark drama about infamous witch hunt in 17th century Massachusetts town. Originally developed for FX. 13 episode initial order. Cast: Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel. Tamzin Merchant, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg. WGN Sundays 10:00/9:00c.  Premiered on April 20, 2014.

FX “The Strain” [RENEWED] Vampiric/paranormal drama from  Guillermo del Toro. Based on books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Straight pitch to pilot order in mid September 2012. Cast: Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Corey Stoll, Lauren Lee Smith, Miguel Gomez, Jack Kesy, Sean Astin, Natalie Brown. FX Sundays 10:00/9:00c. Premiered July 13, 2014.

Starz “Outlander” [RENEWED] – fantasy romantic drama about woman traveling in time from 1945 to 1743 and falling in love in both “timezones”. Based on books by Diana Gabaldon. 16 episode order at the end of May 2013. Filming locations in Scotland were booked in July 2013. Expected in 2014. Cast: Caitriona Balfem, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix. Laura Donnelly and Lotte Verbeek. Saturdays 9:00/8:00c Started August 9 2014.

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Aug 082013
 

/Last update August 30, 2013/ The last part of the serialized monthly countdown of all the new series in making and development in the season 2012/2013. That’s right folks, from next month it’s all new season and all new page. For full list of next seasons new scripts and ideas pitched  to networks in the last months click on TV pilots, pre-orders, pitches and new series in development 2012/2013 

ORDERED TO SERIES

[Hulu] “Deadbeat” half an hour comedy about New York medium helping ghosts to settle their unfinished business after death. 10 episode initial order.

History “Houdini” four hour mini series about famous entertainer.  Cast: Adrien Brody

[WGN] “Salem” dark drama about infamous witch hunt in 17th century Massachusetts town. Originally developed for FX. 13 episode initial order.

 

PILOTS ORDERED

HBO “Westworld” futuristic drama series set in the middle of computer glitch at one of the “resorts” populated by androids where rich participants can relive their most cinematic dreams. Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie of the same title. J.J. Abrams to produce.

NBC Untitled single camera workplace comedy set in Detroit. From Justin Spitzer.

FX “Hoke” drama about homicide detective going through midlife crisis. Cast: Paul Giamatti

[Amazon] “The After” thriller based around an unexplained apocalyptic event. “X Files” creator involved. Pilot ordered at the end of August 2013.

NBC “Conception” drama revolving around modern day mass immaculate conception phenomenon.

USA Untitled drama about investment banker stuck in a stagnant marriage accidentally discovering his wife is seeing male escort. Sean Jablonski’s project.

[Syfy] “12 Monkeys” futuristic drama about time traveler from post apocalyptic future trying to prevent outbreak of deadly plague. Based on nineties movie of the same title. 60 minute pilot order.

NBC “Outbreak” high profile medical thriller drama centering around outbreak of deadly virus. Based on nineties movie of the same title.

ABC “Irreversible” comedy about turbulent life of troublesome couple . Based on hit Israeli series “Bilti Hafich”

ABC “Mystery Girls” detective comedy revolving around hosts of a TV show pulled into investigating crime after perpetrator insists he will only speak to the famous ‘Mystery Girls’. Cast: Tori Spelling, Maggie Malina. Green lit in late August 2013

ABC “Work Mum” workplace comedy about freshly promoting marketing agent who hires her unemployed mother.

ABC “Young & Hungry” comedy about young entrepreneur hiring food blogger to be his personal chef.

FOX “Paroled” comedy about two friends on parole.

FOX “A Moody Christmas” comedy chronicling family christmases over consecutive years seen through the eyes of the youngest son. Adaptation on Australian series of the same name.

FOX “Home” thriller/soap focusing on dark secrets among suburban families.

USA “Love Is Dead” comedy about a man who after being dumped via agency specialising in breakups decides to find why his relationships do not last by working for said agency. Cast: Ben Rappaport.

NBC Untitled comedy about beached mermaid who picks up job in a Miami bar.

Comedy Central “Big Time In Hollywood” comedy about two filmmaking brothers who embark on epic cinematic journey after their parents kick them out.  Cast: Lenny Jacobson, Jon Bass

ABC “Forever” crime drama about a over qualified NY City Morgue pathology associate who cannot die for over 200 years.

NBC “Girlfriend In A Coma” comedy about woman in mid thirties waking up from coma to discover she has 17 year old daughter. In late March 2013 Christina Ricci has exited the project after table reading, two weeks later network and show creators mutually postponed production. Previous Cast:  Miranda Cosgrove, Daniel Stern, Ann Cusack. New director assigned and new pilot order issued in mid August 2013.

LIFETIME “Deliverance Creek” two-hour backdoor pilot for a period drama set at the end of the Civil War and centering on a woman who in an attempts to defend her family’s land becomes an  outlaw.

NBC “Paradise” a futuristic prison drama set in the late 21st century world’s largest maximum-security prison in Las Vegas and revolving around survival and escape of a man wrongly imprisoned for crime he did not commit.

CBS “Gorgeous Morons” comedy about two super handsome but dumb brothers sharing living quarters with a female PhD.

NBC “Marry Me” half hour relationship comedy from creator of “Happy Endings”. Pilot production commitment including a full license fee and series penalty.

FOX “Stuck” single camera comedy about woman employed in a dead end bank job and her daughter trying to escape rat race lifestyle.

[Amazon] “Transparent” comedy which follows father of three coming clean about being transgender to his adult  children. Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman. Filming set to start in September.

[Bravo] “Girfriends’ Guide To Divorce” Comedy that follows four women in their forties experiencing life after divorce. Based on book series by Vicki Iovine. Originally pitched to Showtime in late August 2012.

FOX “Fatrick” comedy revolving around popular young man who cannot shake off his insecurities and past as a fat boy.

FOX “The Longest Date” comedy about cringeworthy aspects of being married. Based on Cindy Chupack memoirs “The Longest Date: Life As A Wife”

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Jul 292013
 

/Article start date July 27, 2012, last and final update September 10, 2013/ As we cross into première season, we begin to hear clunking sound of first shows hitting the can. As usual, we don’t list reality shows, competitions or kids series where majority of cast is under 16. And so the list starts:

 

RETIRING

HBO “Eastbound & Down”, June 6, 2013. Network announced the upcoming season 4 will be the show’s last.

[Syfy] “Warehouse 13”, May 16, 2013. Season 5 [FINAL] . Six episodes to wrap up the show.

USA “Burn Notice” May 10, 2013. Creators decided Season 7 (in summer 2013) will be its last.

CBS “Dexter” March 4, 2013. Network announced Season 8 will be show’s last. Spin off series is being discussed.

 

RENEWED:

USA “Graceland”, September 10, 2013, Season 2. Returns for 13 episodes.

[A&E] “Longmire”, August 29, 2013. Season 3. Will return in summer 2014.

TBS “Sullivan & Son”, August 20, Season 3. 13 episode order.

TBS “Men At Work”, August 20, 2013. Season 3. 10 episodes in 2014.

TNT “Rizzoli & Isles”, August 15, 2013 Season 5. 15 episodes in summer 2014.

TNT “Major Crimes”, August 15, 2013 Season 3. 15 episode order.

TNT “Perception”, August 15, 2013 Season 3.

LIFETIME “Devious Maids”, August 13. Season 2. 13 more episodes.

MTV “Awkward”, August 5, 2013. Season 4. New show runners hired.

[Syfy] “Continuum”, August 1, 2013. Season 3. 13 more episodes in 2014.

ABC “Switched At Birth”, July 30, 2013. Season 3.

CBS “Under the Dome” July 29, 2013. Season 2. “But how, but how, they are all under the dome.”

[VH1] “Hit The Floor”, July 23, 2013. Season 2.

ABC “Rookie Blue”, July 17, 2013. Season 5. Early renewal for the cop show.

Showtime “Ray Donovan”, July 16, 2013. Season 2. “Fixer” returns next summer.

HBO “True Blood”, July 15, 2013. Season 7. More vampires in 2014.

TNT “Falling Skies”, July 2, 2013. Season 4. 10 more episode of the sci fi show for summer 2014.

[Netflix] “Orange Is The New Black”, June 27, 2013. Season 2. Returns for 13 episodes

[Netflix] “Hemlock Grove”, June 19, 2013. 10 more episodes signed off.

[IFC] “Portlandia”, June 12, 2013. Season 4 and 5. 10 episodes each.

[DirecTV] “Rogue”, June 11, 2013. Season 2. 10 episodes ordered.

Showtime “Nurse Jackie”, June 6, 2013. Season 6. Some more pill popping in 2014.

NBC “Hannibal”, May 30, 2013. Season 2. World’s darkest cooking show returns in the middle of 2014 for 13 installments.

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May 132013
 

/Original post date July 20, 2012 – last update October 3, 2013/ This post is now CLOSED, all updates concluded on October 1st.

2012/2013 scorecard: 34 shows were renewed, 30 shows were cancelled, 3 mini series wrapped up and one show is still to air remaining episodes.

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Below is the list of brand new TV shows that broadcasted between September 2012 and end of summer 2013 separated into topical sections. The list does not include cartoons, documentaries, reality shows and kids series (titles where main lead or over 50% of cast is under 16).

 

SCI-FI/SUPERNATURAL

NBCRevolutiON” [RENEWED] Dystopian drama set 15 years after entire world lose all comms, electricity and electronics.  
With: Billy Burke, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiradakos, Graham Rogers, Anna Lise Phillips, Tim Guinee, Andrea Roth. NBC Mondays 10:00/9:00c from September 17, 2012 Canada Simulcast in Canada by Citytv.  United Kingdom Sky1 in UK purchased rights to 3 future seasons of the show. Dates to be announced Australia Broadcast in Australia on FOX8 starting 19th September. New Zealand Broadcast in New Zealand on TV2 from 16th October 2012. Series received full season order in October 2012. In January 2013 order was shortened from 22 to 20 episodes.

Cast of NBC's "RevolutiON"

Power needed, cast of NBC’s “RevolutiON”. From left to right: Anna Lise Phillips as
Maggie, Graham Rogers as Danny, Tim Guinee as Ben, David Lyons as Bass / General Monroe, Billy Burke as Miles, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie, Andrea Roth as Rachel, Maria Howell as Grace, JD Pardo as Nate, Zak Orth as Aaron and Giancarlo Esposito as Cpt. Tom Neville.

ABC666 Park Ave”  [CANCELLEDYoung couple moves into posh Manhattan building possessed by a demonic force. Based on novel by Gabriella Pierce. With: Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor, Mercedes Masohn, Robert Buckley.  ABC Sundays 10:00/9:00c from September 30, 2012.  Canada Simulcast in Canada on Citytv United Kingdom ITV2 will broadcast it in UK Australia FOX8/Network Nine in Australia from 1st October 2012. On November 16 network had decided the show will end after it airs 13 episodes ordered to date. Series was expected to have conclusive ending but in December 2012 its time slot was given to comedy series. The reminder of episodes made might eventually air in summer 2013.

The CWArrow” [RENEWED] Superhero series based on DC Comics character Green Arrow. Set to be dark and gory. With: Stephen Amell, Paul Blackthorne, Jamey Sheridan, David Ramsey, Colin Donnell. The CW Wednesdays at 08:00/07:00c starting October 10, 2012.  
Canada In Canada CTV Two will broadcast with an hour delay and repeats on MuchMusic two days later United KingdomAustralia Sky 1 in UK and Network Nine from 22th October 2012. Full season order received in October 2012. In mid February 2013 network renewed the show for second season.

Cast of CW's superhero series "Arrow"

CW’s “Arrow” and his green arrows. From left to right: Willa Holland as Thea Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Stephen Amell as Robin Hood… I mean Wilhelm Tell…I mean Oliver Queen/Arrow, Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn and Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance

[Syfy] “Defiance” [RENEWED] Drama set on Earth after alien war, among surviving humans and aliens. With: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Stephanie Leonidas. According to some leaked documents network ordered 12 episodes in total, two hour premiere paired with launch of MMO computer game. Some sources report order was shortened to 11 episodes in January 2013. Syfy Mondays 10:00/9:00c. Premiered April 15, 2013. Renewed gor seson 2 in May 2013.

CBSUnder The Dome” [RENEWED] Supernatural drama about small New England town unexpectedly sealed off from the rest of the world by a mysterious transparent dome. Based on Stephen King‘s novel of the same title. With: Mike Vogel, Colin Ford, Natalie Martinez, Alex Koch, Britt Robertson, Aisha Hinds, Dean Norris. 13 episodes ordered. Originally pitched to Showtime in autumn 2011. Ordered straight to series by CBS at the end of November 2012. CBS Mondays at 10:00/9:00c. Premiered Monday, June 24, 2013

 

CONSPIRACY/POLITICAL/MYSTERY

ABCLast Resort” [CANCELLEDPolitical/utopian thriller. Nuclear submarine goes rogue. With: Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daisy Betts, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram Daniel Lissing, Camille de Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujau, Dichen Lachman. When: ABC Thursdays at 8:00/7:00c Premieres September 27 2012 .  Canada Simulcast on “Global” in Canada. United Kingdom  Sky 1 in United Kingdom and Ireland from 30th October 2012. Thirteen episode order to date. On November 16 network decided the show will end after it airs 13 episodes ordered to date. Series is expected to have conclusive ending. Will be replaced in schedule by “Zero Hour”

[Cinemax] “Hunted” [CANCELLED] Espionage operative survives attempt on her life, but discovers it was orchestrated by her own squad. Created by X-Files’ Frank Spotnitz, coproduced by BBC and HBO. With: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Dillane, Morven Christie, Lex Shrapnel, Ben Bailey-Smith, Uriel Emil, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Campbell Moore, Oscar Kennedy, Dhafer El Abidine. Cinemax Fridays at 10:00/09:00c, aired from October 19, 2012 United Kingdom BBC One broadcasted all 8 episodes between October and November 2013. On November 14, 2012, BBC had decided not to renew Hunted for a second series. Cinemax is in talks with show creator about rebooting the show for a second series as the current format was too expensive to continue without the partnership with the BBC.

ABCZero Hour”  [CANCELLED] Editor of skeptics magazine is pulled into one of the most compelling conspiracies in history. 
With: Anthony Edwards, Michael Nyqvist, Carmen Ejogo, Scott Michael Foster, Addison Timlin, Jacinda Barrett When: ABC Thursdays 8:00/07:00c. Premiered February 14, 2013. Cancelled on March 1, 2013 after just three episodes. Remaining 10 episodes will return on June 15 at 8:00 with two back-to-back episodes and continue airing in this slot until a two-hour finale on August 3.

Conspiracy drama "Zero Hour" on ABC

Conspiracy drama “Zero Hour” on ABC in 2013, from left to right: Scott Michael Foster as Aaron, Addison Timlin as Rachel, Jacinda Barrett as Laila Foley, Anthony Edwards as Hank Foley, Carmen Ejogo as Beck and Michael Nyqvist as White Vincent


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/Last update May 31, 2013/ Continuation of the monthly countdown of all the new series in making and development. For full list of next seasons new scripts and ideas pitched  to networks in the last months click on TV pilots, pre-orders, pitches and new series in development 2012/2013 

 

PICKED TO SERIES/ORDERED

Starz “Outlander” – sci fi drama about woman traveling in time from 1945 to 1743 and falling in love in both “timezones”. Based on books by Diana Gabaldon.

[Amazon] “Alpha House” comedy about four senators living together in a rented accommodation in Washington DC. Cast: John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Matt Malloy, Yara Martinez, Clark Johnson and Kobi Libii

[Amazon] “Betas” comedy following four computer geeks in their quest to break ultimate code. Announced in March 2013. Picked to series in late may 2013. Cast: Ed Begley Jr, Jon Daly, Joe Dinicol, Margo Harshman, Charlie Saxton and Karan Soni

[Cinemax] “The Knick” period drama set in early 1900’s New York and focusing on medical staff of Knickerbocker Hospital. Steven Soderbergh to direct. Clive Owen to star. 10 episodes season commitment signed off.

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, Ryan Hansen, Sara Gilbert, Kristin Davis, Caitlin Kimball, Katie Walder. 13 episode order.

HBO “Silicon Valley” dark comedy set in modern high tech world of Silicon Valley. Mike Judge to produce. Pilot green lit in early December 2012. Cast: T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Lindsey Broad, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Angela Trimbur, Zach Woods and Kumail Nanjiani

NBC “Siberia” mystery drama series revolving around Tunguska meteor incident in early 20th century. 13 episode series penned. Premiere slotted to July 1st at 10pm.

USA “Sirens” comedy about ambulance crew from Dennis Leary. Pilot ordered in summer 2012. Cast: Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley and Jessica McNamee

USA “Playing House” single camera project about single mother reuniting with her best friend to rise her new baby. Cast: Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair, Zach Woods.

HBO Untitled comedy about experiences of three gay friends in their thirties living in San Francisco. Pilot ordered in mid December 2012. Cast: Jonathan Groff

HBO”Criminal Justice” high profile drama set as plot-per-episode narration, where each episode follows one person charged with murder as they move through the New York justice system. Loosely based on  2008 BBC series of the same name. Pilot is to be written by Oscar nominee Richard Price and to be directed by Oscar-wining writer Steven Zaillian. Cast: James Gandolfini, Rizwan Ahmed, Bill Camp, Peyman Moadi and Poorna Jagannathan. In late February 2013 HBO decided to postpone production of the pilot until further notice. Pilot slot in 2013 lineup will be given to Lindelof’s “Leftovers”. In mid May 2013 HBO ordered the show to limited 7 episode series.

FOX “Wayward Pines” miniseries drama about secret service agent investigating mysterious disappearance of his colleagues in small town. M. Night Shyamalan involved. Based on novel by Blake Crouch. Cast: Matt Dillon

FOX “Rake”  U.S. version of the Australian legal comedic drama about brilliant criminal defense lawyer. Greg Kinnear wants the main role. All networks interested. News surfaced end of September 2012. Pilot production commitment with series penalty landed at Fox in late October 2012. Pilot green lit in late January 2013. Cast: Greg Kinnear, Miranda Otto, Bojana Novakovic, John Ortiz, Tara Summers

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. In late March 2013 Tom Berenger has departed the project due to creative differences and was replaced by Terry O’Quinn. Cast: Sung Kang, Ramon Rodriguez, Rza,  Inbar Lavi, Jay Hernandez, Shantel VanSanten, Terry O’Quinn. Slotted for midseason.

FOX “Sleepy Hollow” Modern day adaptation involving female sheriff as Ichabod Crane. Put order from FOX after initial unsuccessful pitch to The CW, CBS, ABC and NBC networks. Pilot ordered in late January 2013. Cast: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Cho

FOX “Almost Human” 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. Cast: Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Michael Irby, Mackenzie Crook, Minka Kelly, Karl Urban, Mekia Cox

FOX “24: Live Another Day”. Return of the CTU agents and “24” world. Shortened 12 episode arc. Kiefer Sutherland signed to reprise role of Jack Bauer. Premiere scheduled for May 2014

CBS “Reckless” court room drama about two Charlestone lawyers battle in a police sex scandal case. Pilot ordered at the end of January 2013.  Director assigned to project in early February 2013. Cast:  Patrick Fugit, Cam Gigandet, Ernie Hudson, Eloise Mumford, Ashton Holmes, Michael Gladisand, Naveen Andrews, Lou Taylor Pucci, Parminder Nagra, Georgina Haig, Kim Wayans, Lyndon Smith, Bess Armstrong, Shawn Hatosy, Anna Wood, Stephen Lang, Gregory Harrison, Adam Rodriguez. Rejected by ABC just to receive series order from CBS few days later.

ABC “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (formerly “S.H.I.E.L.D.”) Marvel universe series from “The Avengers” writer-director Joss Whedon. Pilot ordered end of August 2012. Cast: Clark Gregg , Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet

ABC “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland” (previously “Once: Wonderland” – an “Once Upon A Time” spin off show project from late February 2013 originally based around character of Mad Hatter from series one. After  Sebastian Stan was not available to reprise the role the projects focus shifted towards unaired character of Alice. 13 episode per season story arc is reportedly being drafted. Casting started in late March 2013. Production is slated to begin April 7. Cast: Sophie Lowe, Peter Gadiot,  Michael Socha, Emma Rigby, Paul Reubens

ABC “Mixology” comedy about ten people trying to find love at a Manhattan bar across the course of one night. From the creators of “Hangover”. Put pilot commitment issued in late October 2012. Pilot production green lit in early January 2013. Cast: Adam Campbell, Craig Frank, Vanessa Lengies, Blake Lee, Alexis Carra, Andrew Santino, Sarah Bolger, Ginger Gonzaga

ABC “Resurrection” (formerly: “The Returned”) drama based around worldwide event in which loved ones are returned to their families. Based on upcoming novel by Jason Mott. Pilot ordered in late January 2013. Cast: Matt Craven, Devin Kelley, Frances Fisher, Samaire Armstrong, Sam Hazeldine, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Hildreth, Omar Epps, Kurtwood Smith, Landon Gimenez

CBS “Crazy Ones” 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, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amanda Setton, Hamish Linklater

ABC “Killer Women” procedural drama about beautiful but brave female member of predominantly male based Texas Rangers. Based on the Argentine series “Mujeres Asesinas”. Cast:  Tricia Helfer, Marc Blucas, Marta Milans

CBS “Intelligence” high concept drama about a man with a top-secret experimental microchip implanted in his brain but with more serious approach than Jake 2.0, Chuck or tons of other shows that had similar premise and addition of procedural twist. Cast: Josh Holloway, Michael Rady, James Martinez, Marg Helgenberger, Meghan Ory, John Billingsley

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Apr 052013
 

/Last update April 26, 2013/ Continuation of the monthly countdown of all the new series in making and development. For full list of next seasons new scripts and ideas pitched  to networks in the last months click on TV pilots, pre-orders, pitches and new series in development 2012/2013 

PICKED TO SERIES/ORDERED/IN DEVELOPMENT

The CW “The Originals” direct “Vampire Diaries” spin off about origins of the blood sucking family in French Quarters of New Orleans. Story will be introduced as backdoor pilot, a stand alone episode of Vampire Diaries on April 25, 2013. Cast: Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Danielle Campbell.

ABC “Chasing Life” (formerly “Terminales” soap about young woman diagnosed with a terminal illness. Based on Mexican soap of the same title. Script purchased in summer 2011.  Cast: Italia Ricci, Aisha Dee. 13 episode initial order.

[DirecTV] “Full Circle” psychological drama presented as a series of conversations between eleven people unknowingly interconnected with each other. 10 episode order.

Starz “Fortitude” dark adult drama about small Arctic circle town shaken by murder of a scientist. Co-production with Sky Atlantic in UK. 10 episodes order.

[Adult Swim] “Hole to Hole” 15 minute comedy series parodying 80ies detective shows. Cast: Arden Myrin

[NickMom] “Instant Mom” comedy about party girl who becomes full time step mom when she marries an older father of three kids. Pilot originally ordered by Nick At Nite. Cast: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Michael Boatman, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sydney Park, Tylen Williams and Damarr Calhoun.

PILOTS ORDERED

[A&E] “Whitey” comedy about conservative guy in his forties struggling to get in grips with evolving and liberal world around him. Cast:  David Koechner

AMC “Line Of Sight” drama revolving around character who encountered first contact with aliens.

MTV “Scream” based on relentless slasher horror franchise of the same title.

[Syfy] “High Moon” sci fi drama revolving around discovery of new life form in one of the mining colonies on the Moon. Bryan Fuller’s project.  Adaptation of colonial sci-fi story “The Lotus Caves” by John Christopher.

NBC Untitled “Chicago Fire” procedural spin off focusing on Chicago police unit and public safety organizations surrounding it in daily tasks. Surfaced in March 2013. Casting process started in April 2013. Cast: Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood

HBO “Open” drama about human sexuality and relationships from “Glee” co-creator.

[Cinemax] “Quarry” drama about veteran sniper who, upon his return home from war is recruited as a contract killer. Based on novels by Max Allan Collin.

EARLY STAGES/SCRIPT AND PROJECT PURCHASES/NO PILOT YET

HBO “Monster” drama about worldwide search for the most evil sociopath in existence organised by a young doctor. Guillermo Del Toro involved. Based on 18 volumes of Japanese Manga comic book by Naoki Urasawa

USA “Smother” comedy about thirty something man with three mothers from his parents re-marry other women.

FX “Shakedown” drama set in 1950ies world of Los Angeles tabloid press. Based on novella by James Ellroy.

MTV Untitled project by Ben Epstein set in theme park. No further details available at this point.

AMC “Ashland” drama set against background of communist witch hunt in 1950ies Hollywood focusing on wife and family of a blacklisted screenwriter moving to small mining town in Kentucky.

AMC “Ballistic City” futuristic drama revolving around former cop joining underworld of multigenerational space ship heading towards distant world. John Kosinski involved.

HBO “Down Lo” multithreaded drama exploring backstage aspects behind world of music, fashion and sports in Miami’s South Beach. From John Legend.

History Untitled mini series about Harry Houdini. Adrien Brody rumoured as lead.

Starz “Airborne” drama following helicopter crew during Vietnam war.

[Syfy] “Shelter” utopian story of 30,000 survivors of meteorite crash living in an underground shelter. “Deep Impact” writer involved.

[Syfy] “Silver Shields” fantasy drama about farm boy made police detective who travels to large city to investigate his fathers assassination and encounters world of magic and orcs.

[Syfy] “Infinity” drama about a team of astronauts travelling through the wormhole into new universes after attempt to greet alien armada entering our solar system ends in battle. One of the “Lost” writers involved.

[Syfy] “Clandestine” Sci fi adventure about mercenaries masquerading as intergalactic fleet. Syfy started developing the idea with Universal Cable Prods mid August 2012

[Syfy] “Sojourn” space procedural drama about detective investigating murder on spaceship heading for new colony and getting entangled in conspiracy extending half a century.

[Syfy] “Orion” drama about relic hunter unearthing ancient artefacts that could bring end to intergalactic war.

AMC Untitled “Breaking Bad” comedy spinoff based around character of lawyer Saul Goodman.

[Syfy] Untitled drama project following survivors of a plane crash caused by meteorite. NCIS scribe involved.

[Cinemax] “The Straits” drama revolving around powerful and dangerous crime family of traffickers. Based on 2012 Australian series of the same title.

FX “They Marched Into Sunlight” six part limited war series exploring events during Vietnam war. Based on novel by David Maraniss.

UNCONFIRMED/UNSIGNED/IDEAS PITCHED

Untitled “L.A. Confidential” sequel is apparently being shopped to various networks by the creator of 90ies cinema hit. News surfaced in late April 2013.

“Saboteurs” international drama series about the underground resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II.

“Open” drama about human sexuality and relationships from “Glee” co-creator. No network details yet.

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Feb 232013
 

/last update February 28, 2013/

Click here for complete list of this season TV pilots, pitches and new shows in development 2012/2013 .

The following shows were put in development in February 2013. Listed in order from newest to oldest.

 

Lead cast of "The Bridge" (US)

Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger in FX’ “The Bridge”

PICKED TO SERIES/ORDERED

[TV Land] “Giant Baby” comedy about Broadway star reuniting with her son she gave up for adoption decades earlier. Cast contingent presentation order announced end of September 2012.  Cast: Kirstie Alley , Rhea Perlman, Eric Petersen, Michael Richards. 12 episode order issued.

FX “The Bridge”, a murder investigation drama based on the Swedish/Danish co-production  “Broen”. “Cold Case” creator Meredith Stiehm  and writer Elwood Reid involved. Cast: Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir, Annabeth Gish, Thomas Wright, Ted Levine, Emily Rios, Catalina Sandino Moreno. Note: There is identical French/English cooperation project “The Tunnel” in production. 

ABC “Twisted” (formerly “Socio”) Drama about alleged teenage sociopath accused of murder of fellow student. Written by Adam Milch. Announced in late August 2012. Cast: Avan Jogia, Maddie Hasson, Kylie Bunbury, Kimberly Quinn, Sam Robards, newcomer Ashton Moio, Denise Richards.

ABC “The Fosters” Drama about multi-ethnic family of foster and their own kids being run by two moms. Jennifer Lopez produces. Announced in late August 2012. Cast: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez.

 

PILOTS ORDERED

Comedy Central “Bad Advice From My Brother” a half-hour comedy about two brothers moving together in Manhattan. Based on Jordan Pope Roush’s blog of the same name. Cast contingent pilot order.

ABC “Murder In Manhattan” (previously “Between Park and Lex”) Dramedy about mother and daughter who team up as amateur detectives. Ryan Reynolds produce. Put in pre-development by ABC in late August 2012. Casting began in late February 2013. Cast: Bridget Regan

TBS “Ground Floor” comedy about ambitious leader in corporate world clashing with chilled lifestyle of support staff. From Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence. The project originally landed a pilot production commitment at CBS last year but did not get made.

USA Untitled single camera project about single mother reuniting with her best friend to rise her new baby. Cast: Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair, Zach Woods

ABC “See You Next Tuesday” short format office comedy about employees of a psychopath boss.

CBS “Intelligence” high concept drama about a man with a top-secret experimental microchip implanted in his brain but with more serious approach than Jake 2.0, Chuck or tons of other shows that had similar premise and addition of procedural twist. Cast: Josh Holloway, Michael Rady, James Martinez

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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.
Competes in schedule with:



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Dec 282012
 

Midseason is upon us! The following new shows will have their premieres in January 2013:

NBC Deception

The Cast of NBC’s “Deception”

January 7 Monday

NBC 10:00/9:00c “Deception” (formerly: “Infamous”) Undercover detective investigates death in  wealthy family.
Cast: Meagan Good, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Katherine LaNasa, Laz Alonso, Marin Hinkle, Ella Rae Peck.
Genre: Crime soap
Preview: Pilot is available on Hulu and here.
Forecast: No show of this type ever succeeded long term. If the first 15 minutes of the show (featuring one of the worst displays of acting this season) doesn’t scare people off then unlikable characters and flat writing should.
Competes in schedule with: Castle and Hawaii Five-O

 

 

 

 


The Cast of 1600 Penn

Even promo shots look terrible

January 10  Thursday

NBC 9:30/8:30c “1600 Penn”  Bill Pullman returns as PoTUS in comedy about dysfunctional family living in the White House.
Cast: Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman, Josh Gad, Brittany Snow Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller.  
Genre: Comedy
Preview: Pilot available on Hulu to US internauts, everyone else click here for trailer
Forecast: By far, the best casted comedy this midseason. The trailer makes the show look atrociously bad, old school and unfunny, and terribly aging 31 year old Josh Gad thinks he can still play college students, but the pilot is actually not bad and definitely does not carry that last century “one laugh every three minutes” vibe the trailer implies. Pilot also breaks this year record of cameo appearances.
Competes in schedule with: Person Of Interest, Glee

 

 


Cinemax' "Banshee"

Antony Starr in Cinemax’ “Banshee”

January 11  Friday

[Cinemax] 10:00/9:00c “Banshee“ An ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal activities, while he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. 10 episode initial order.
Cast: Antony Starr, Ben Cross, Cedric Stewart, Frankie Faison, Ivana Miličević, Rus Blackwell.
Preview: Click here for trailer  and full pilot episode is available on YouTube
Genre: Action drama
Forecast: Creator of ‘True Blood” is behind it. Lead’s uncanny resemblance to Sam Worthington might help. 
Competes in schedule with:  Blue Bloods

 


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Sep 242012
 
Poster for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012

64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on September 23, 2012 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. “Modern Family” and “Game Change” scooped most awards (four each) with “Two and a Half Men” and “Hatfields & McCoys” following ex aequo second with two awards. Among networks, HBO dominated with 6 wins among 81 nominations. Main award list below:

 

Outstanding Drama Series – Homeland Showtime

Outstanding Comedy Series – Modern Family ABC

Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie – Game Change HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody on Homeland Showtime

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on Homeland Showtime

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jon Cryer as Dr. Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men CBS

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October 10,  Wednesday

The CW 09:00/08:00 “Arrow” Man with a past becomes bow and arrows wielding hero fighting evil. Cast: Stephen Amell, Paul Blackthorne, Jamey Sheridan, David Ramsey, Colin Donnell.

ABC 10:00/09:00 “Nashville” Drama set in the world of country music. Cast: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Eric Close, Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Robert Wisdom

NBC 10:00/09:00 “Chicago Fire” Drama about members of Engine 55, Truck 81, Squad 3, Medic 61, and Battalion 25 of Chicago Fire Department. Cast:  Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett, Lauren German, Teri Reeves

 

October 11,  Thursday

The CW 09:00/08:00c “Beauty And The Beast” Modern times drama with procedural twist based on well known story of the same title. Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Austin Basis, Nicole Gale Anderson, Nina Lisandrello, Max Brown

 

October 16,  Tuesday

The CW 09:00/08:00c “Emily Owens M.D.” Story of first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. With: Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Michael Rady, Jack Coleman, Kelly J. McCreary, Aja Naomi King

MTV 10:00/09:00 “Underemployed” Comedy about underachieving twentysomethings. Cast: Diego Boneta, Jared Kusnitz, Inbar Lavi, Michelle Ang, Sarah Habel

 

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Aug 282012
 

On Tuesday, August 27 Fox made two pilot episodes from their fall comedy lineup available to wider audience via online services, like Hulu. While this new trend of testing the market before broadcast is getting ever more popular among major networks, FOX pulled new record by jumping almost entire month ahead, as both shows were scheduled to première on September 25.

"The Mindy Project" Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahir in “The Mindy Project”

First of the two was “The Mindy Project”. As the working title turned final cut suggests, the focus of the show is one Mindy (Lahiri), played by Mindy (Kaling – from “The Office”), thus joining short list of comedy shows this year where main character is named after portraying actor (e.g. Charlie as Charlie in “Anger Management”) as if to avoid confusing the leading actor too much with being “in character”. Mindy, (the fictional one, of “The Mindy Project”) is a twenty something, freshly made M.D. of obstetrics and gynaecology  stomping through life in Bridget’s (Jones, of the “Bridget Jones Diary”) shoes of an aspirated, driven, self sufficient single lady but with the finesse and dating habits of Carrie (Bradshaw, of the “Sex and The City” fame) and fierce bravery of Ally (McBeal, from “Ally” the show, naturally). The premise is uncomplicated, the cast is studded with doctors resembling male models and the supporting cast is full of equally pretty faces. They even dragged in Mindy’s colleague from “The Office” for a guest appearance. What could possibly fail? Well… how about the lead for starters…

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Aug 212012
 
MTV's "The Inbetweeners" (US)

“…dude, we look nothing like The Inbetweeners”

When US networks remake British TV series, especially cult comedy shows, we can always expect steady stream of outrage and anger from .co.uk domains. It was no different with “The Inbetweeners”. After MTV revealed first trailer promoting the US remake, the official YouTube channel was flooded with “thumbs down” ratings that would put Rebecca Black’s musical productions to shame. But in all honesty – transplanting good British scripts with good cast across the ocean more often than not – actually does work. During first season Ricky Gervais’ “The Office” replanted onto US soil was nearly word for word copy of the British original. Although American version at first visibly lacked Mackenzie Crook’s caricature Gareth and Martin Freeman’s heart warming Tim, thanks to brilliant cast it quickly outgrew the old script and found its own direction by simply focusing on character building. In matter of weeks we stopped comparing it to old show and seamlessly accepted the crew of Scranton office led by Michael Scott (arguably much easier to relate to and funnier to watch than Ricky’s own David Brent). The same can be said about Shameless. Where British original was held together by top cast for the first two short seasons and then quickly and abruptly plunged downhill, the moment writers across Atlantic took over from the imported story line in American version, Shameless US continued to grow and entertain for all the right reasons.

MTV had no such luck however. Their attempt to americanize “Skins” failed miserably, despite word for word and scene for scene transposition of the UK script. The casting choices were questionable, tweaked characters did not work together, delivery was set to shock rather than interest and eventually after 10 slow episodes the show hit the can. It felt like show runners did not understand the idea at all.

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 Posted by at 07:36
Jul 272012
 

Lupe OntiverosLupe Ontiveros. known for her many film and TV roles (“Desperate Housewives”, most recently Rob Schneider’s “Rob!”) died on July 26, 2012, after a battle with liver cancer, at age of 69.


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Jul 252012
 
Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney in NBC's "Chicago Fire"

“.. and you will get your crew to go online, watch ‘Chicago Fire’ and press 5 stars…”

In unprecedented move NBC announced on Tuesday that pilots for most of their upcoming TV shows will be made available online for sampling purposes. The shows will be available through cable, satellite and telco on-demand service providers, NBC.com, several NBC owned local affiliate TV station websites, Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Amazon and Xbox. Samplers for the following show selection are expected:

“Go On” – Sampling starts Wednesday  August 9, show expected to premiere on  Tuesday  September 11 at 9:00/8:00c
“The New Normal” – Sampling starts Wednesday August 29 – Show expected to Premiere Tuesday September 11 at 9:30/8:30c (keep in mind it remains highly unlikely for any comedy shows  to premiere on 9/11 anniversary)
“RevolutiON” Sampling starts Tuesday  September 4, show premieres Monday  September 17 at 10:00/9:00c
“Guys With Kids”  Sampling starts Thursday September 13, show premieres Wednesday  September 26 at 8:30/7:30c
“Animal Practice” Sampling starts Monday August 13, show premieres Wednesday September 26 at 8:00/7:00c
 “Chicago Fire” Sampling starts Thursday September 27, show premieres Wednesday  October 10 at 10:00/9:00c

NBC is set to provide a full-episode and commercial-free network preview of the new comedies during London Olympics coverage – “Go On” pilot will air on August 8 and “Animal Practice” on August 12. NBC will also  air six-minute teaser for “RevolutiON” on Saturday, August 4 at approximately 10:54 p.m.

 Posted by at 00:29
Jul 192012
 

Nominations to  64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards for the best television programming between June  2011 and June 2012 were announced earlier today. Shows and artists will be awarded during ceremony  hosted by  Jimmy Kimmel  in L.A on  September 23, 2012 and televised live by ABC. Nominations as usual have several baffling classifications, for example the cast of “Nurse Jackie”  is nominated in “comedy series” groups (Ef me sideways, that’s a drama, if I ever saw one!), entire series “Sherlock” received nomination for seemingly just the first episode of season two while “Luther” currently in pre-production of 3rd season and regular  13 piece TV series “American Horror Story” currently awaiting second season have been nominated as “mini series”. HBO leads the list with 81 nominations in total, followed by CBS with 60 nominees and PBS, listed 58 times. Among series, “American Horror Story” and “Mad Men” stay up top with 17 nominations each, closely trailed by “Downton Abbey” and “Hatfields & Mccoys” both with 16 nominations and “Hemingway & Gellhorn” with 15.

The nominees in main categories are (little flags indicate mainly British productions or actors):

Nominated to Emmys 2012 "Breaking Bad"

Playing chicken. Giancarlo Esposito as Gus vs Bryan Cranston as Walter in AMC’s “Breaking Bad”

 

Outstanding Drama Series
HBO Boardwalk Empire
AMC Breaking Bad
PBS Downton Abbey United Kingdom
HBO Game of Thrones
Showtime Homeland
AMC Mad Men

 

 

 

HBO's "Veep" - main cast

All the vice-president’s men. The cast of HBO’s “Veep”

 

Outstanding Comedy Series
NBC 30 Rock
CBS The Big Bang Theory
HBO Curb Your Enthusiasm
HBO Girls
ABC Modern Family
HBO Veep

 

 

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 Posted by at 20:24
Jul 132012
 
Unsinkable "Falling Skies"

“I have it on good authority that we’ll have to stay on this dilapidated parking lot for at least another season”

Following what has got to be the slowest season start in history of Sci Fi TV shows, Steven Spielberg’s exec produced “Falling Skies” reportedly received full order of 10 episode season 3 of the series. This is, of course good news, Sci Fi TV series are dying breed and as rare as hens teeth these days, especially in summer slot, but I absolutely love a good whinge about this particular show because it serves as a prime example of just how odd viewer rating and ordering system of US television series is. Where less that 6 million viewers is enough to secure another year worth of lifeline to this quite expensive to produce show, we could stay all night long reading out loud long list of titles that had their plug pulled often with twice the viewer numbers and fraction of the budget.

“Falling Skies” is rumored to cost absolute fortune in production ($2.5mil+ budget per episode if you are to believe blogosphere), considering the beating and slagging it regularly receives on forums and in blog,  just how low budget it looks in some episodes (last years season finale battle, you could almost literally count the same two handful of extras running around in circles behind camera to create skirmish crowd around barricade made of few classroom desks and pile of milk crates) plus a story arc that sometimes slows down and flat lines so much it’s feels even slower than pace of recovery from Greek recession, you would imagine it would be taken off air in a heartbeat. But against all odds, this show so far remains absolutely unsinkable.

Thank you TNT I’m looking forward to complaining about this show next summer.

 Posted by at 01:52
Jul 032012
 
HBO renews "The Newsroom" for second season

..”and in other news, HBO renewed our show for second season…”

In surprising decision on July 2nd HBO renewed Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” (with Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer) for the second season despite falling viewer numbers in US.

At the moment the show enjoys very good reception and unprecedented broadcast syndication abroad. It airs simultaneously on HBO Canada, with just one day delay on HBO Hungary and HBO Poland as well as pay per view Sky Go in Germany and Austria. The show also premiered in Israel on June 30th and last night on July 2nd on HBO Netherlands. Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom and Ireland will begin broadcasting on July 10, 2012.

It’s good to know to know we are going to enjoy at least 20 episodes even if viewer numbers in US don’t give it justice. Thumbs up HBO.

Click here for my mini review of the pilot from last week.

 Posted by at 12:22
Jun 282012
 

The following is the list of completely new TV series premieres on US networks still to come this summer. Scripted stuff only – reality shows, kids programmes and game shows excluded:

Tonight, June 28 FXAnger Management” Charlie Sheen returns to screens as anger management therapist. With: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair. FX 9:00/8:00c
United Kingdom In UK the show was picked by Comedy Central Canada In Canada broadcast was secured by CTV Australia 9 Network /Go acquired rights for Australia Germany Vox will broadcast the series in Germany All international premiere dates to be announced

July 9, Monday TNTPerception”  Neuroscientist assists the FBI on some of their most complex cases. With: Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith, Kelly Rowan. TNT 10:00/9:00c

July 15, Sunday USA “Political Animals” Miniseries following former First Lady in active duty as Secretary of State and her family. High profile cast. With: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan, Ellen Burstyn, Brittany Ishibashi USA 10:00/9:00c

The cast of "Political Animals"

Political Animals. From left to right:
James Wolk as Douglas Hammond, Sebastian Stan as T. J. Hammond, Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, Carla Gugino as Susan Berg and Ciarán Hinds as Bud Hammond

July 19, Thursday TBS “Sullivan & Son” Sitcom about corporate lawyer who takes over a bar in Pittsburgh owned by his father. With: Steve Byrne, Dan Lauria, Jodi Long, Owen Benjamin, TBS 10:00/09:00c

Aug 13, Monday TNT “Major Crimes” Spin off of “The Closer” with half the cast. With: Mary McDonnell, G. W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz TNT 9:00/8:00c

Aug 19, Sunday BBC AmericaCopper” Keeping the peace in the Five Points neighborhood in 1860s New York City. With: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Franka Potente. BBC America 09:00/08:00c 
Canada In Canada, the series will premiere on August 26, 2012 on Showcase.

Aug 20, Monday MTVThe Inbetweeners” US remake of the cult British comedy series about four dysfunctional teens. With: Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Mark L. Young, Zack Pearlman, Alex Frnka, Brett Gelman. MTV Monday 10:30/09:30c Starts August 20, 2012

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