20 TV Pilots We Hope Get Made Into Series (2012 Edition)

One of the most exciting times of the television year is finding out which new programs the major networks will be shoving down our gullets in the fall. Once a new year rolls around, networks place orders for many pilots—the first episode of a potential TV series—based on an idea and lots of hope. Each pilot is a chance for a network to recreate its identity with a new hit or cement its place as laughing stock with a remake of The Bionic Woman (yes, I'm reusing jokes from 2007).

Once again, we've sorted through the potential shows currently in consideration for the 2012-2013 TV season on the major networks (note: we did not include cable this year) and selected 20 we'd like to see get made for whatever reason: because they look good, because they're bound to be an entertaining train wreck, or because they've lined up a great cast. And to help give you an idea of what some of these potential shows might look like, I spent hours slaving away in Photoshop to create some "artist's renderings" for you.



Animal Kingdom

Network: NBC
Genre: Single-camera fur-flying comedy
Starring: Justin Kirk (Weeds), Tyler Labine (Reaper), Bobby Lee (MADtv)
What it's about in one sentence: This office comedy centers on a grumpy veterinarian who likes the animals he treats but hates their owners.
Why we want to see it: This is probably the network comedy I'm looking forward to most. It's supposedly House with animals! That's funny already. But the idea of Kirk (a personal favorite of mine), Labine (another personal favorite of mine), and Lee on screen with a bunch of yapping and butt-sniffing Corgis sounds even better. Early word is that NBC likes it, and I do too.
Why it might not make it: This show has "quirky" written all over it. And I mean weird quirky, not Zooey quirky. It could be better suited for cable, where it could survive on a niche audience.



Last Resort

Network: ABC
Genre: Political thriller with a chance of mushroom clouds
Starring: Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), Scott Speedman (Felicity), Autumn Reeser (No Ordinary Family), Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Being Human)
What it's about in one sentence: The crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine refuses orders to blow someone to smithereens and retreats to a NATO outpost, where it declares itself the smallest nuclear-equipped independent nation.
Why we want to see it: This show was created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers, The Chicago Code), and he knows how to make TV so it won't be fluffy or watered-down. The unique premise deftly mixes a political drama with a thriller, but adds the idea of building a society for major "us against them" tension. Last Resort has the potential to be Lord of the Flies in the nuclear age. And how great is the Braugher casting? Plus, there's always the possibility that Lachman and Reeser might end up wrestling in bikinis, and not just in my dreams this time.
Why it might not make it: This could very well be too ambitious (and expensive) for network television, and its big-idea concept and message (a military disobeying orders) can turn off large segments of the population. But that would just be silly. Give this one a chance, ABC.



Untitled Dan Fogelman Alien Comedy

Network: ABC
Genre: Goofy single-camera comedy of the third kind
Starring: Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz (Square Pegs), Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Tim Jo, and a bunch of other people you've never heard of
What it's about in one sentence: A family moves into a gated New Jersey community, only to find out that it's populated by aliens disguising themselves as humans.
Why we want to see it: There can never be too many shows about aliens pretending to be humans.
Why it might not make it: It's never a good sign for a pilot when IMDB barely knows who the cast is. Without a single big name on its roster, this is a long shot.



The Smart One

Network: ABC
Genre: Single-camera double-sister comedy
Starring: Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development), Malin Akerman (Childrens Hospital), David Arquette (phone commercials)
What it's about in one sentence: A smart woman (de Rossi) goes to work for her dumber, hotter sister (Akerman), who's a pageant-queen-turned-mayor-of-a-big-city.
Why we want to see it: Have you seen the actresses who are playing the two sisters? That's some dream casting there. And the premise could be fertile ground for awkward political comedy on a bigger scope than quaint Parks and Recreation.
Why it might not make it: The characters will have to go beyond the "I'm smart you're stupid" routine. And David Arquette. But other than that, this seems like a good bet to make it to series.



Revolution

Network: NBC
Genre: Anti-techno thriller
Starring: Billy Burke (Twilight), David Lyons (The Cape), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human), Graham Rogers (those insurance commercials: "Can I get a hot tub!"), Andrea Roth (Rescue Me)
What it's about in one sentence: A family tries to reunite in a world where all technology and forms of energy cease to exist.
Why we want to see it: Supernatural fans have been dying to find out what creator Eric Kripke's next project will be, and this is it. And to make things even more geek friendly, J.J. Abrams has slapped his name on it as well. Methinks these two can make awesome work together. Post-apocalyptic and likely a cautionary tale about how we play too much Angry Birds, Revolution sounds like a series that's got a real chance to be great. But if you really need a reason, how about seeing more Giancarlo Esposito on your TV every week?
Why it might not make it: Aside from facing the typical uphill battle of being a serialized drama, this sounds like Jericho all over again.



Bad Girls

Network: NBC
Genre: Jailbait drama
Starring: Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl), Amy Smart (Road Trip), Jurnee Smollett (Friday Night Lights), Karolina Wydra (House)
What it's about in one sentence: All you need to know is that this is a drama set in a women's prison.
Why we want to see it: The hotness of the four ladies in the cast is enough for a pilot greenlight. The fact that it's about a women's prison makes it a must go-to-series. And the chance that this is campier than a Winnebago has us excited for five seasons and a movie.
Why it might not make it: Well, it's a series about a women's prison! How can it be anything more than guilty pleasure garbage? This is The Playboy Club Part II and could quickly earn a sentence of four episodes with no chance of parole.



El Jefe

Network: Fox
Genre: Una comedia de una camera
Starring: Ryan Hansen (Party Down), Mercedes Ruehl (Big), Ana Nogueira, Victor Rauk (How to Make it in America)
What it's about in one sentence: A slacker-ish guy gets kicked out of his parents' house and ends up moving in with his Latina nanny.
Why we want to see it: This pilot comes from Moses Port and David Guarascio, the dudes behind the fantastic short-lived CW comedy Aliens in America, which I will keep telling you to watch until you finally do because it's really amazing. Download it, steal it from series star Dan Byrd, I don't care. Watch it. Knowing its creators, El Jefe will be offbeat with a lot of heart, a perfect vehicle for star Hansen, who we've missed since Party Down quit partyin'. El Jefe has the potential to fit nicely with fellow oddballs New Girl and Raising Hope. In fact, I'm calling it right now as part of a new Fox comedy block.
Why it might not make it: Networks love to anger me by making bad decisions.



Prodigy Bully

Network: Fox
Genre: Single-camera locker-stuffing comedy
Starring: Mike O'Malley (Glee), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Hayley Holmes (The Guild)
What it's about in one sentence: A young genius who also happens to be bigger than the rest of the kids in his class uses his brains and brawn to get what he wants.
Why we want to see it: Imagine if Nelson Muntz and Martin Prince were the SAME KID. Well you won't have to imagine if this show gets made!
Why it might not make it: This is based on a web short, so it may be thin when it comes to material. And the casting of the bully is going to be key.



Rebounding

Network: Fox
Genre: Single-camera double-double comedy
Starring: Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted), Hayes MacArthur (Perfect Couples), Matt Jones (Breaking Bad)
What it's about in one sentence: After his fiancee dies, a man gets emotional support from his dumb pickup-basketball friends.
Why we want to see it: Sometimes the best comedies are the ones that are unexpectedly emotional, and that's definitely a possibility for this show. Plus it's time for Forte to get his own TV series and Barrett to return to television.
Why it might not make it: Forte is either swish or airball, so it will come down to unique writing.



Nashville

Network: ABC
Genre: Musical drama, y'all!
Starring: Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Hayden Pannettiere (Heroes), Eric Close (Without a Trace), Powers Boothe (24)
What it's about in one sentence: A fading country star (Britton) is partnered up with an upcoming teen sensation (Pannettiere) in this family drama set in the world of country music.
Why we want to see it: We'll follow Britton to whatever show she works on, but we're also looking forward to Pannettiere's return to TV. And have you heard the lyrics to country songs? SO MUCH DRAMA!
Why it might not make it: Another f***ing musical show?



666 Park Ave.

Network: ABC
Genre: Don't trust the g---- in apartment 23 horror drama
Starring: Terry O'Quinn (Lost), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Rachael Taylor (Charlie's Angels: The Reboot), Mercedes Masohn (The Finder), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill)
What it's about in one sentence: A couple gets a job managing a New York apartment...a HAUNTED New York apartment!
Why we want to see it: The big draw here is O'Quinn, who plays the building's owner, and his return to a supernatural ABC series. And we're determined to prove that a horror series can work on network TV. (Please work please work please work!)
Why it might not make it: 666 Park Ave. has plenty of potential...to be squandered! ABC is what, 1-for-20 with sci-fi/horror/supernatural shows? And if the show isn't scary, no one will want to move in.



Untitled Ralph Lamb Drama

Network: CBS
Genre: Mobster men drama
Starring: Dennis Quaid (Enemy Mine), Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova), Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix)
What it's about in one sentence: Based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a Las Vegas sheriff who battled mobsters in the 1960s.
Why we want to see it: Check out that cast!
Why it might not make it: Is CBS ready for a drama that doesn't feature slick cops with slicker forensics gadgets, rock music, and high-intensity close-ups?



1600 Penn

Network: NBC
Genre: Single-camera comedy with the power of veto
Starring: Bill Pullman (Torchwood: Miracle Day), Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg), Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon), Brittany Snow (Harry's Law)
What it's about in one sentence: This comedy follows the dysfunctional and presidential First Family in the White House.
Why we want to see it: There's so much comedy to dig up with this premise, and we've always wanted to see American policy influenced by the president's douchey son hitting on the Pakistani ambassador's slutty daughter.
Why it might not make it: No reason. This will be on NBC's schedule.



Joey Dakota

Network: The CW
Genre: Smells like a teen spirit drama
Starring: Scott Wolf (V), Craig Horner (Legend of the Seeker), Amber Stevens (Greek)
What it's about in one sentence: A documentary filmmaker travels back in time (all the way to the 1990s) to meet a rock legend and prevent his untimely death.
Why we want to see it: We're dying to see how the 1990s are portrayed now. Cordless phones are all the rage! Flannel! Nintendo 64!
Why it might not make it: Will flashing back to a time when the network's core audience was in their diapers resonate with them?



Go On

Network: NBC
Genre: Sensitive single-camera comedy
Starring: Matthew Perry (Chandler!), Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club), Allison Miller (Terra Nova), Suzy Nakamura (Men of a Certain Age), Julie White (Transformers)
What it's about in one sentence: A sportscaster deals with loss and finds help in a support group.
Why we want to see it: Early word on this is that it's not just a "haha" comedy, and will add some serious, emotional moments to the sitcom formula. Plus we're kinda looking forward to a true Matthew Perry TV comeback to ensure there's no Fools Rush In Dos.
Why it might not make it: The Friends curse! That and the fact that audiences sometimes like their comedy to be brainless, with all the emotional depth of a Family Circus cartoon.



The Selection

Network: The CW
Genre: Post-apocalyptic young adult romance drama
Starring: Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Ethan Peck (10 Things I Hate About You), Sean Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance)
What it's about in one sentence: Set 300 years in the future, the drama follows a young woman who wins a lottery to compete to be the next queen of a war-ravaged country.
Why we want to see it: OMG Hunger Games had a young woman and a lottery and a post-apocalyptic future, too!
Why it might not make it: Let's not kid ourselves. If a show is going to be set 300 years in the future, we want it to look badass. Can The CW afford the budget necessary to make that happen? Doubtful. Expect this future to look a lot like today but with more soot. Or like modern-day Detroit.



Susan 313

Network: NBC
Genre: Single-camera s***-talking comedy
Starring: Sarah Silverman (potty-mouthed female comic), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Ken Leung (Lost), Tig Notaro (The Sarah Silverman Show)
What it's about in one sentence: Loosely based on Silverman's life (she dated Jimmy Kimmel for years), this follows a woman who re-enters single life after a lengthy relationship.
Why we want to see it: The polarizing Silverman counts us among her fans (we LOVED The Sarah Silverman Program), and we're excited to see what she can do with a bigger budget. Leung is also well overdue to come back into our lives after playing Miles on Lost.
Why it might not make it: Sarah Silverman on network TV? We were hoping she'd go in the opposite direction and end up on HBO, where she can scream "poo" as loud as she wants without censorship.



Elementary

Network: CBS
Genre: Reimagined, gender-swapping procedural drama
Starring: Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone), Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal, Aidan Quinn (Prime Suspect)
What it's about in one sentence: This is a modern-day retelling of the legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes.
Why we want to see it: The casting of Liu as Watson is a bold choice, and we want to see how it plays out. Miller is perfect for the role of Holmes. Really, we're just curious.
Why it might not make it: This could just as easily be a complete disaster.



Untitled Karyn Usher Project

Network: Fox
Genre: A Professional drama
Starring: Angela Bassett (ER), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Rick Schroeder (Silver Spoons), Saxon Sharbino (I Spit On Your Grave)
What it's about in one sentence: An orphaned 14-year-old girl is groomed by a CIA agent to be a superspy.
Why we want to see it: Little girls kicking ass rule!
Why it might not make it: Will this be a teen drama disguised as a spy drama and have fun with that combination? Or will it be a gritty drama that has the guts to put its young star through the grinder? It has to be one or the other or it won't work. We hope it doesn't pull punches and becomes the latter.



Untitled Louis C.K. and Spike Feresten Comedy

Network: CBS
Genre: Multi-camera single-generational comedy
Starring: Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Ryan Hansen (Party Down, the aforementioned El Jefe)
What it's about in one sentence: A bunch of young kids try to follow their dreams while making ends meet.
Why we want to see it: It was created by funnyman and Louie star Louis C.K., which means we'd watch it no matter what.
Why it might not make it: And here's the disclaimer: This pilot was actually written something like 10 years ago and is being dug up for next season. Who knows how it'll hold up? Also, can Louis C.K.'s edgy humor survive on mostly conservative CBS?


Do any of these pilots sound good to you? Do any of them sound terrible?


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Only four of these, The Neighbors, Revolution, Nashville, and Elementary, got renewed for a second season. And I think that only Elementary will get a third season.
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I want Joey Dakota Bad !!!

the selection sounds cool but i cant see that show lasting more than one season budget wise and storyline wise(plus its kinda a hunger games ripoff wich pisses me off a little)

revolution sounds interesting as well!
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I'm hoping that 666 Park Avenue, Revolution, Cult, The Selection, Untitled Karyn Usher Project and Untitled Roland Emmerich/Harold Kloser Project be ordered to series. I wouldn't mind seeing all these potential show's in next season's fall line-up.
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Those names of TV Pilots maybe sound good for a shot, but I'm just a little curious. Would it be possible if we, not only the fans but also the viewers can come up with our own ideas for a TV pilot? They should make a contest out of this one. And who knows, maybe one of our own ideas will be selected by one of the following networks!
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Genius idea!! :)
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God CW can't you make an original show? The selection sounds like a rip-off of hunger games just like they have a twilight rip-off in vampire dairies. Also I hate the idea of this "elementary" There already is a modern day sherlock holmes in the brillant BBC series called Sherlock. Lets just rip-off everything american tv...
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You do realize that the Vampire Diaries is a book series written over a decade ago, way before the twilight books were even thoughts in the author's head? It's pretty hard to copy something that came out like 15 years after the fact...
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Last Resort having Andre Braugher at the top sounds like the scene-chewingest show of all time! I've been a fan of Braugher since Homicide Life on the Street but there is a thing as too much drama, and this show's premise sounds like the king of that hill.



Jami Gertz on TV is always YAY! The premise sounds too much for network, but I love the idea of it and since it's not on Fox that means if it airs an episode, there's a chance it might air a second one. Big "if" though since ABC doesn't mind not airing pilots they don't believe in.



Portia always plays "the smart hot one", it's actually kind of annoying because she's gotta have more range than that. I loved her on Arrested Development partly because she got to be clueless without being dumb, which she plays so well (although she was awesome on Better Off Ted). To be honest, I don't see why folks are so enamored with Malin Akerman, she's an ok actress, she knows where the funny is, but she's not the smokin' hottie everything's making it out to be. I dunno, that premise sounds cute but Akerman usually plays the younger person and it seems like it'll be young sister in charge vs fuming older sister week after week.



Bad Girls is a drama? Noooo, staying far far away from that mess. That is not going to work at all. I thought it'd be a sitcom from the premise and cast.



Man, it took a long-ass time for me to read through the list and find another show that grabs my attention. Susan 313 is a show I will watch, period, because of its star. And I will watch it right up until NBC cancels it 4 episodes in. Good cast though, and I'm kinda glad to see Laura Silverman not a cast member just because it's become a cliche to have the Silverman sisters together on a show (Sarah Silverman Program, Bob's Burgers, Dr. Katz... ok, maybe not a cliche since that last one was a single episode).



Elementary better have an amazing understanding of who the existing Holmes character is if it wants to reinterpret it. I'm sick of Holmes wannabes and "homages" coming up short based mainly on Basil Rathbone movies. It's exceptionally difficult to imagine a woman as Watson though just because his personality drives who he is and his personality is exceptionally male in the books. I predict this show will miss the mark horribly.



Louis CK is an amazing talent, but he also has the ability to be incredibly mundane when he thinks the material calls for it, and I fear what that pilot description sounds like is the mundane side.



So, not much on this list tempting me this year, hopefully something will surprise me.
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Miller is a terrible choice for Holmes.The most un-Holmesy person ever.
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Joey Dekota

Midnight Sun

Go On

The Selection

Revolution

666 Park Ave.
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What about Midnight Sun ! one of the promising scripts and with good actors !! MIDNIGHT SUN ON NBC !
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Malin Akerman hotter than Portia de Rossi? In what universe? Tsah.

Anyway, yes to that one, because de Rossi is involved.



The Terry O'Quinn and Giancarlo Esposito shows also have my vote, but only because I want those actors to be employed and paid a buttload of money, otherwise I don't really care much for the premises of any of the shows on this list.



I'm still bitter that Locke&Key didn't get picked up last season.
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666 sounds great. please make it in serious way, not another joke like AHS. Want to see Lucy Liu as Watson, but do we need another one after Sherlock?
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gotta be sarcoidosis
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start him on prednisone.
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I am really looking forward to Revolution. Kripke and Abrams, that's one badass creative team!
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The Selection sounds okay and I hope it makes it through to season order. Revolution sounds like a JERICHO redux which isn't bad in itself but if the network screws it over from the beginning like ABC did with JERICHO then i won't watch it because they'll only yank it just as it gets good.



the most promising I think is LAST RESORT I really really want to see that picked up.
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Why is it called "666 Park Avenue"? What does anything in that premise have to do with the devil?
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I hope they ALL get picked up.
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Wow..so all of the 20 won't be picked..damn that's a good list..thanks Tom we appreciate the heads up..I got the joke, they'll be "picked", I got it..thank you..More probably they'll be "picked on" rather than being picked you get it..haha..thanks again for the warning...
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I am super excited about Last Resort and Revolution, marginally excited about The Selection, intrigued by but skeptical of 666 Park st (lame name, though), and I would be excited about Elementary except that I hate Lucy Liu. I know she's supposed to be attractive or something, but she is the absolute worst! And she can't act.
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PS I love that picture Tim created for the Selection.
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I'm really excited about Cult actually :)

Mianly because of my love of Matt Davis. And if gets killed off TVD, at least he'll still be on my TV screen for Cult!
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Even though I like the guy, Tyler Labine is a show killer (Invasion, Reaper, Sons of Tucson, Mad Love).

I'll still watch, but you might as well add Animal Kingdom to the list.
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Animal Kingdom, Last Resort, Untitled Dan Fogelman Alien Comedy, Revolution, Bad Girls, El Jefe, Nashville, 666. Park Ave, Untitled Ralph Lamb Drama, Joey Dakota, The Selection, Susan 313, Elementary, Untitled Karyn Usher Project, Untitled Louis C.K. and Spike Feresten Comedy



I look forward to seeing how these pilots pan out!
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sounds like a bunch of crap to me.
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Revolution, Animal Kingdom, Rebounding, Joey Dakota, Go On, and The Selection look ok but out of all of those Revolution is the one I'm rooting for... Kripke's BACK!!!!!!! :D
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At first glance I'll check Last Resort and Revolution....everything else sounds like garbage
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You forgot The Munsters remake, Mockingbird Lane. Isn't Bryan Fuller behind that? Marilyn casting of Charity Wakefield may have killed it for me, but Eddie Izzard is on as Grandpa and a producer, I think.



Last Resort sounds boring and extremely limited, if not tedious to watch week after week.



Nothing else on the list seems to grab me. TV is fast disillusioning me, as I may have seen it all in one form or another.
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The "Untitled Ralph Lamb Drama" is probably the only one with a chance of making it for many seasons.

"Last Resort" might make it for more than one season but could get cut off during or after the second.

If they get picked up, that is...

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"Revolution" seems like another attempt to be "The New Lost" (in a different setting) and might pull an audience for a while. With Abrams at the wheel, we know that it will get overly complicated and probably will end up in a cul-de-sac, but, what the heck: if the trip is good...

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The rest might steer some attention but I don't see any long term material there.

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I defenitely will have a peak at "The Smart One" because of Portia and Malin and also "Animal Kingdom" because, as you wrote "This show has (weird) "quirky" written all over it. But they won't last any longer then "Better of Ted" and "Reaper".
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Women in prison. Oh Yeah!!!
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Is Bad Girls based on the UK show of the same name (and plot). Or did they just nick the name?
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It's supposedly based on it-only with pretty actresses, not actresses who look like ordinary women who you see every day.
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Animal Kingdom! The Smart One. Revolution. El Jefe. Rebounding. The Selection. Susan 313.
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Sadly everything on the Fox network has a 90% chance of being cancelled. Even if it's a great show. Those mofos seem to cancel way to much great shows.
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I only care about First Cut on CW. Because Jack Coleman's in it.
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If the BBC's Sherlock didn't exist and wasn't as incredible as it is I would probably give Elementary a shot, but since Sherlock does exist and is incredible I don't think I could bring myself to watch it. Plus, I think casting Lucy Liu in that role is just weird. I don't have a problem with a female Watson and I like Lucy, but it just seems off to me. I'm excited for the Ralph Lamb project because of the cast, and The Selection MIGHT be interesting.
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Only 10 of them have me interested. Eight of those will make it to series. Three will get a second season.
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Thought I might give "Elementary" a go, then read that they've cast Lucy Liu as Watson and will now give it a wide berth. Nothing against Lucy Liu but Watson should NOT be a woman!
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I say 10 to 12 of these will see the light of day and maybe 4 to 5 will last a full season.
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I worked on the Ralph Lamb project pilot, and it looks to be really good. Hope it gets picked up.
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i like the sounds of animal kingdom, el jefe, prodigy bully, 1600 penn, go on, susan 313, and the louis c.k. one. screw all the louis haters. yay matthew perry back at nbc. yay fox comedy. and cool ideas on the rest.
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Animal Kingdom, Revolution, Go On (Matthew Perry <3), 666 park av, Joey Dakota, Elementary, The selection, Louis C.K :D awesome
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I think The Selection sounds interesting. Nashville might be all right. And that's pretty much it for me.
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I think it sucks that none of these shows are going to be on FX or AMC. Those two channels are starting to set the standard for good television.
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What happened to L.A. Noire? the new Frank Durabont project.
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It's a TNT show. Tim did not include cable this year.
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In order for nashville to get picked up and not be short lived Hayden Panettiere has to apologize for talking about dolphin abuse. When you talk politics when your on tv it makes you very unsponsor friendly.
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To anyone who is intrigued by Elementary, and hasn't seen BBC's Sherlock...watch BBC's Sherlock.

I wouldn't mind, but the people behind Elementary requested the right to remake Sherlock in the US, the BBC said no, but they went ahead with it anyway. They've even stated that they notice how successful Sherlock is, and want that success. It's all for the money. They're using the name of one of the most popular characters in literature, and I guess you could say culture, to sell what sounds like Bones minus forensics or something. All respect to the actors...I just can't respect anything else about the show.
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I read a review of the piolet script and it sounded like they are just using the character names and incorporating very little else from the original stories. My guess is that it will be an average quality CBS procedural.
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I'm gonna give it a miss. We have Sherlock, we don't need anything else.
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"... it's a series about a women's prison! How can it be anything more than guilty pleasure garbage?"

REALLY?!?!?!?!? There is a show in HBO Latinoamerica called Capadocia, and it's about a Women's prison, and believe me! there's nothing garbage or guilty-pleasure or campy about it. it is Oz for women! and one of the best series i've seen EVER!!! you should check it out!
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My 2012-2013 wish list is:

American Judy (starring Judy Greer!)

Red Van Man (American's always had success stealing shows from Britain)

Devious Maids (Desperate Housewives, with maids)

Elementary (Big Sherlock Holmes fan)

Guys with Kids (Love Jimmy Fallon)

Nic and Jen (starring Rachael Dratch)

Frontier (I think a Western now, could be extremely cool)

Untitled Mindy Kaling Comedy (Mindy is hysterical, and this could be good)

Mob Doctor (A good idea with lots of story potential)

The Carrie Diaries (I've read the books and Seen Sex and the City, this could be very entertaining)
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Sounds good: Animal Kingdom (love grumpy doctors!)

Last Resort (YES! love the plot)

The Smart One (if the cast does it good, it can work)

Revolution (most promising of all! Give it a chance to prove it, NBC!)

Bad Girls (great idea, not sure if it will be interesting enough for a full season though.)

666 Park Ave (looking forward to see Terry O'Quinn.)

The Selection (can turn out very good...)



Maybe: Ralph Lamb, Go On, Joey Dakota, Susan 313 and Karyn Usher (if the pilots turn out good, i'll give them a try)



No way:

Dan Fogleman (no alien comedy, please!)

Nashville (musical? really? moving on.)

Elementary (I like Lucy Liu but not as Watson, no freaking way!)

Louis CK (bleeeuh, just made me vomit)



Missing: Mastermind (C'mon Kevin Bacon!)

Kari Lizer (no big names but love the plot.)

Penoza (interesting plot, can be very good)





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I am really disappointed (lots of stupid sounding shows). The one I really want to see is "666 Park Avenue" (which could be network TV's answer to "American Horror Story"). It seems a little like the awesome, but poorly rated summer series, "The Gates" ABC tried (it should have been a Fall show, and it would have been a hit - NOT in the summer). The only other newbie that I take interest in is "Animal Kingdom".
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I will watch Scott Speedman in anything, so Last Resort for me!

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Louise CK sucks. There's a difference between being "edgy" and being deliberately offensive. Not only that but his jokes are tailor made for idiots. Not to mention he's a ginger (not serious with that one but they aren't to be trusted) so I just don't like him.
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Bad Girls was a pretty average to poor British show a while ago, always interesting to see how they convert these things for North American audiences so I may give it one episode.



Which brings me to Elementary, this sounds horrible right off the bat, surely Sherlock is available over there on BBC America or something? I highly doubt it can be anywhere near as good, and Lucy Liu as watson? Oh dear.



Last Resort sounds interesting as does Revolution as long as they are done well. Will probably try a few comedies such as 1600 Penn, but not holding high hopes.



In general it seems like pretty slim pickings.
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Sherlock is practically mind-blowing! I don't think Elementary could ever beat that.
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