Pilot Intel: Fox working on five new dramas, nine comedies

With Jack Bauer’s future still uncertain (though it hasn’t stopped the network’s sister studio from getting started on a possible 24 feature film), Fox is looking to hot producers like Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Matt Olmstead (Prison Break) to create its next edge-of-your-seat drama for fall. And there’s no time to lick wounds over the abject failure that was Brothers; Fox has loads of multi-camera comedy pilots in the works including new projects from Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) and the duo of David Kohan and Max Mutchnik (Will & Grace). Here are the network’s fall pilots, many are still being cast (decisions on which projects will be ordered to series won’t be made until the weeks leading up to Fox’s presentation to advertisers, which occurs this May in New York):


Ride Along (Shawn Ryan). An ensemble cop show that includes a veteran cop and his newbie partner in Chicago.

Midland (Kyle Killen). A Texas-based sudser about a con man with family secrets.

Breakout Kings (Matt Olmstead, Nick Santora). A procedural about marshals who work side-by-side with ex-cons to catch criminals.

Pleading Guilty (Jason Tracey). Based on the Scott Turow book Pleading Guilty, a ragtag trio is hired by a high-powered law firm to locate its top litigator and $5 million of stolen money.

Worthy (Davey Holmes). A drama about an Arizona politician who’s been blackmailed by the mob.


Nirvana (Jay Saghal). A multi-camera comedy about two Indian brothers and their two very different romances.

Most Likely to Succeed (Dave Walpert). A multi-camera ensemble comedy that checks in with those who were dubbed “most likely to succeed” 20 years ago.

Traffic Light (Bob Fisher). A single-camera comedy based on an Israeli format about three men and their romances.

Keep Hope Alive (Greg Garcia). A single-camera comedy about a simple-minded 20-something man who is raising a daughter.  Cast includes Martha Plimpton (Parenthood) and Cloris Leachman (The Women).

The Station (Kevin Napier) A single-camera comedy about a covert CIA operative and his work buddies while embedded in South America. Cast includes Justin Bartha (The Hangover).

Untitled IRS project (Brent Forrester). A multi-camera comedy about IRS auditors. Cast includes David Krumholtz (Numb3rs).

Untitled Adam Goldberg. A single-camera office comedy about man who works for a digital security firm.

Strange Brew (David Kohan, Max Mutchnik). A multi-camera comedy about a family that owns a small brewery.

Bob’s Burgers (Jim Dauterive, Loren Bouchard). An animated series about a family who runs a burger joint (the network’s already ordered 13 episodes).

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  • Michelle

    Ride Along: Replace Chicago with Los Angeles….and you get SOUTHLAND. Ugh.

    None of these look remotely interesting. *sigh*

    • Nix

      IKR? Didn’t Wells shop SouthLAnd to Fox? I guess they also thought it was too expensive … but liked the story, so they’ll make their own version. (But no Michael Cudlitz, no future.)

  • Ryan

    Breakout Kings sounds interesting. Since its from the Prison Break guys, I’d like to see it as connected to that world. They should bring on Amaury Nolasco as one of the ex-cons. Sadly Wentworth Miller was killed off PB or he’d make a great guest star or even lead role.

  • Linny

    Eek, none of the dramas sound remotely different! Cloris Leachman in anything though is hilarious!

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    • David

      Tell me about it! Is there no creativity in television anymore?

    • Nix

      What’s really sad is many of these procedural shows actually have, or have developed, interesting characters with storylines and relationships that really ought to stand on their own. But can’t. So we have to have our corpse of the week. Can’t remember the last time any of these people actually SAVED someone from dying/getting sexually assaulted and didn’t just investigate after the fact. I know, I know, not realistic.

  • Ana

    This is the same as saying that 24 won´t return for a ninth season. We don’t you decide once and for all so we fans can stop begging about it?

  • Jim

    24 sounds hands down better than the rest of these. It has a well-established, vocal fanbase, it has received critical acclaim, helped bring viewers to Fox for years when they desperately needed them and still does relatively well in the ratings. What, again, is the problem with Fox just not renewing it?

    • Luis PJ

      if 24 were plot this season, it be label as: STOP WITH THE COPS AND LAWYERS.

  • C C

    24 will be back, though I believe there’s going to be some major changes to the series…

  • Vic Nardozza

    What a pile of crap. Not one original thought in any of this mess. This is why viewers are leaving the networks for cable outlets.

    • Luis PJ

      like those shows that are the same on cable

  • scrabblequeenbee

    I watch these shows already, but with different names on different channels. CBS will remain the #1 watched show again. With USA coming on strong. FOX why not try something new?

  • mtraptor

    All of those dramas sound terrible.
    It would be nice to have more (aka any) shows with non-white main casts, but how much do you want to bet that one of the brothers in Nirvana will have an arranged marriage?

    I have high hopes for the Adam Goldberg pilot, because I’m an idiot like that and am one of the five people who was disappointed when Head Cases was cancelled.

  • Teresa

    At least there isn’t more reality garbage!

  • Debbie C

    24 rocks… but I like Numb3rs too. Those shows never seem to get old to me. Krumholtz has always been a funny guy, but I love the geeky genius. I can’t imagine another drama keeping me on the edge of my seat like 24 does.

  • Mike

    The dramas sound dreadful. Fox can’t do comedies that aren’t animated.

  • amir Talai

    I agree with everyone here – I am sick and tired of all these comedies starring Indian brothers!

  • billy johnson

    sooo…nothing but filler? More of the same! That’s what you guys get for throwing away creative serials to save a buck.

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