UPDATE: EW’s current 2013 fall pilot list is here — complete with cast and which shows have received series greenlights.
Robot cops, international conspiracies, spinoffs, and illegal love are just a sample of what networks are cooking up for fall. Only the best (and most marketable) shows will get on the air. Can you pick the winners based on these titles, writers, and loglines? Here’s the current list of broadcast drama pilots (
we’ll post the comedies next week the comedies are here):
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen). Based on the fictional and secret law-enforcement agency in the Marvel Universe as seen in the film The Avengers. Marks Whedon’s return to series TV, also expected to resurrect Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
The Returned (Aaron Zelman). What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return. Based on a novel by Jason Mott.
Betrayal (David Zabel). A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.
Big Thunder (Jason Fuchs). When a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon, they quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems. Based on the Disney theme park ride.
Venice (Byron Balasco). From producer-director McG, a soap about the haves and the have-not’s of California’s most seductive city, Venice. Venice will focus on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice.
Reckless (Chris Black). When his wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resourceful problem solver David, desperately pursues every legal option to secure her release. But when he’s stymied by the US government in the name of diplomacy, David is forced to consider less-than-legal options – entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes.
Divorce: A Love Story (Mike Sikowitz & Daniel Lappin). A multi-camera comedy revolving around Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple, who were bad together but discover they’re even worse apart and can’t seem to stay out of each others’ lives. Based on the Israeli format, Life Isn’t Everything.
Lucky 7 (David Zabel, Jason Richman). From a producing team that includes Steven Spielberg, a show about seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win the lottery jackpot.
Murder in Manhattan (Maria Maggenti). Hour long dramedy set in NYC centering on a mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths.
Gothica (Matt Lopez). A sexy gothic soap set in present day that weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray among others.
Killer Women (Hannah Shakespeare). It’s hard to fit in when you’re the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, but that doesn’t stop Molly Parker – our ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas.
Influence (Kyle Killen). Provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.
Doubt (David Shore): A former cop who’s now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife.