Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Pilot season is in full effect right about now in Hollywood and since we're in a recession I'm assuming that folks will be coming out with a gang of comedy shows in an effort to cheer everybody up. Hey, it made Tyler $41 Million in 3-days. Click below to check out what ABC has brewing for next tv season. These are courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

(w) = writer (d) = director


TITLE: Untitled Jerry Bruckheimer
STUDIO: WBTV/Bruckheimer TV
TEAM: Mark Friedman (w), Jerry Bruckheimer, Danny Cannon (d), Jonathan Littman, KristiAnne Reed
SYNOPSIS: Centers on a team of amateur detectives working on cases of unidentified victims

TITLE: Limelight
STUDIO: WBTV/Wonderland
TEAM: K.J. Steinberg (w), McG, David Semel (d), Leonard Goldberg, Pharrell Williams
SYNOPSIS: Soap featuring contemporary music and dance, which is centered around the teachers and students of a performing arts college in New York.

TITLE: Empire State
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Prods.
TEAM: Michael Seitzman (w), Jeff Reiner (w), Mark Gordon, Deborah Spera, Jeremy Podeswa (d)
SYNOPSIS: Revolves around two families -- one of blue-collar iron workers and the other of the wealthy real estate tycoons who run them -- who collide in present-day Manhattan over a Romeo and Juliet-style romance.

TITLE: Untitled Dave Hemingson (new pilot)
TEAM: Dave Hemingson (w), Michael Fresco (d)
SYNOPSIS: A blue-collar guy gets his first job as an attorney at a powerful Los Angeles entertainment law firm.
CAST: Matt Long, Ben Lawson, Norbert Leo Butz and Tina Majorino

TITLE: Inside the Box
TEAM: Richard E. Robbins (w), Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Tinker (d)
SYNOPSIS: Set in a Washington network news bureau, an ambitious female news producer and her colleagues pursue "the story" at all costs, juggling their personal animosities and crises of conscience against the daily deadlines of a nightly news show.
CAST: Martin Henderson

TITLE: See Cate Run
TEAM: John Scott Shepherd (w), Matt Gross, Dean Parisot (d)
SYNOPSIS:: Claudia McIntire is a young prosecuting attorney (Amy Smart) whose challenges in her love life often matter more to her than the challenges in her job. What she doesn't know is what we all know: One day, she's going to be a serious contender for the Presidency of the United States.
CAST: Amy Smart, Liza Lapira, Marc Blucas

TITLE: Untitled Daniel Cerone
TEAM: Daniel Cerone (w), Gregory Hoblit (d)
SYNOPSIS: After the death of his estranged father, Charlie (Jimmy Wolk), a low-level detective in the Savannah police department, discovers he has an 11-year-old brother with a genius level IQ. Based on the Argentinean drama "Brothers & Detectives."
CAST: Jimmy Wolk

TEAM: Scott Peters (w), Jason Hall
SYNOPSIS: Reimagining of the 1980s miniseries about an aliens invasion.

TITLE: Happy Town (two-hour)
TEAM: Josh Appelbaum (w), Andre Nemec (w), Scott Rosenberg (w), Gary Fleder (d)
SYNOPSIS: Mystery set in the hamlet of Happy Town, which had enjoyed a seven-year peace after a series of kidnappings until it is hit by another crime.
CAST: Geoff Stults, Lauren German, Dean Winters

TITLE: Eastwick
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV
TEAM: Maggie Friedman (w), David Nutter (d)
SYNOPSIS: Loosely based on the John Updike novel and the feature film "The Witches of Eastwick." The story follows three young witches who come into their powers when a mysterious man comes to town.
CAST: Jaime Ray Newman, Veronica Cartwright

TITLE: Flash Forward (series commitment)
TEAM: Brannon Braga (w), David S. Goyer (w/d), Jessika Borsiczky Goyer, Vince Gerardis, Ralph M. Vicinanza
SYNOPSIS: Based on Robert J. Sawyer's sci-fi novel, "Flash Forward," it chronicles the chaos that ensues after everyone in the world blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds and has a mysterious vision of the future that changes lives forever.
CAST: Joseph Fiennes, Sonya Walger, John Cho, Christine Woods, Courtney Vance, Brian O'Byrne, Jack Davenport, Payton List, Zachary Knighton


TITLE: Funny in Farsi (single-camera, pushed)
TEAM: Jeffrey Hodes (w), Nastaran Dibai (w)
SYNOPSIS: Based on a memoir by Firoozeh Dumas about an Iranian-born girl's experiences growing up in Newport Beach in the 1970s.

TITLE: Untitled Jeff Strauss (multi-camera)
TEAM: Jeff Strauss (w), Michael Hanel, Mindy Schultheis
SYNOPSIS: Examines marriage and parenthood seen through the eyes of three couples

TITLE: The Law (single-camera)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/DreamWorks
TEAM: Bob Fisher (w), Cedric the Entertainer, Eric Rhone, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey
SYNOPSIS: Reserve police officers for the LAPD balance their full-time off-duty lives with the excitement of being weekend cops.
CAST: Cedric the Entertainer

TITLE: Canned (multicamera, showrunner-contingent, presentation)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Brillstein Entertainment Partners
TEAM: Kevin Etten (w), Peter Traugott
SYNOPSIS: Ensemble comedy about a group of friends who all get fired on the same day.

TITLE: Untitled Anita Renfroe (multi-camera, presentation)
STUDIO: Sony TV/Tantamount
TEAM: Hanning and Welsh (w), Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum
SYNOPSIS: A parenting show centered around the thought that family comes first, by any means necessary.
CAST: Anita Renfroe

TITLE: Untitled Kelsey Grammer (multicamera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV/Grammnet/Werner Entertainment
TEAM: Tucker Cawley (w), Tom Werner, Mike Clements, Kelsey Grammer
SYNOPSIS: A hot-shot Wall Street executive (Grammer) loses his job and is forced to reconnect with his small-town family.
CAST: Kelsey Grammer

TITLE: Planet Lucy (single-camera, cast-contingent, presentation, pushed)
STUDIO: Sony/ABC Studios
TEAM: Gaby Allan (w), Jamie Tarses
SYNOPSIS: Based on Fiona Neill's book "Slummy Mummy," it centers on an endearing, disaster-prone everywoman who gives up an impressive professional career to be a stay-at-home mom raising three kids.

TITLE: Cougar Town (single-camera)
TEAM: Bill Lawrence (w), Kevin Biegel, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
SYNOPSIS: Courteney Cox stars as a newly single 40-year-old mother with a 17-year-old son.
CAST: Courteney Cox

TITLE: No Heroics (single-camera)
TEAM: Jeff Greenstein (w), Drew Pearce (w), Andrew Zein
SYNOPSIS: About a group of superheroes with less than formidable powers who hang out at a bar. Based on the British format.

TITLE: Let It Go (single-camera)
STUDIO: Sony/Tantamount
TEAM: Alex Herschlag (w), Eric & Kim Tannenbaum, Mitch Hurwitz
SYNOPSIS: Lauren Graham stars as a self-help guru who teaches women how to "let it go" but ultimately fails to follow her own advice when her perfect boyfriend leaves her.
CAST: Lauren Graham

TITLE: Untitled Tad Quill (multicamera)
TEAM: Tad Quill (w), Marc Buckland (d)
SYNOPSIS: Two friends embark on a very different life -- one with a new baby and one with a newly empty nest.

TITLE: My American Family (single-camera)
TEAM: Steve Levitan (w), Chris Lloyd (w), Jason Winer (d)
SYNOPSIS: Three families living in the same suburb -- a traditional family comprising a working dad, a stay-at-home mom and three kids; another that includes a 60-year-old man who becomes a stepfather after marrying a Colombian single mom who is 30 years his junior; and a gay couple who have just adopted a Vietnamese baby -- through the eyes of a Dutch documentary maker.
CAST: Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet

TITLE: Untitled Ricky Blitt (multicamera)
TEAM: Ricky Blitt (w)
SYNOPSIS: A guy in his 30s who hasn't quite grown up finds himself torn between his needy best friend and the newfound love of his life and her teen kids.

TITLE: This Might Hurt (single-camera, completed)
STUDIO: Guy Walks Into A Bar / 20th TV
TEAM: Jason Winer (w, d)
SYNOPSIS: Medical comedy revolves around a multi-specialty private practice in which a pediatrician, an internist and an OB-GYN all operate under the same roof.
CAST: Josh Dean, Hayes MacArthur, Vanessa Lengies, Missi Pyle, Tom Amandes, Alex Meneses, Claire Coffee

TITLE: The Middle
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV
TEAM: DeAnn Heline (w), Eileen Heisler (w), Julia Ann Robinson (d)
SYNOPSIS: The story of a middle-class Midwestern family seen through the eyes of the mother (Patricia Heaton)
CAST: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher