CBS has officially given Rush Hour a pilot order, along with orders for comedies Joe Time and Greg Garcia’s Super Clyde, which was initially ordered to pilot back in 2013.
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ABC will be staging a Vacation reunion after ordering a comedy pilot starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, EW has learned. The network also handed out pilot orders to a comedy from Dan Savage, a Shondaland drama and a cop project from Gossip Girl alums Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz.
NBC has given pilot orders to a workplace comedy from Jimmy Fallon and a starring vehicle for Parenthood’s Monica Potter.
You’ll never see most of them. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist—dozens of first episodes of prospective TV shows, all written, cast, shot and full of hope (and, largely, pretty lousy).
Some will end up on the 2015-16 schedule as the shiny new broadcast lineup. Others will vanish into tax write-off infamy. We’re still rooting for the big, traditional networks to put their pilots online, like Amazon, so we can properly judge them—rather than trusting network executives and mall focus groups to decide what gets on the air. (That’s how we end up with Bad Judge). Until then, we’ll just have to analyze each title based on its description.
Can you pick the winners? Or, at least, pick which ones the networks will think are winners? (Note: Keeping checking back as we update with more pilots and casting news.)
FX is staying in business with the guys behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The network has given a pilot order to Pariah, a half-hour comedy starring Bill Burr that hails from John and Dave Chernin and stars Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney.
Jennifer Carpenter may soon be returning to cable TV. The Dexter alum has been tapped to star in USA’s pilot Stanistan, EW has learned.
Carlton Cuse, the man behind Lost and Bates Motel, is teaming up with Hercules‘ Ryan Condal for a new pilot with the working title Colony.
USA just announced that it has officially picked up the pilot of Colony, which is described as a “naturalistic drama about a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race.” The show will be set in Los Angeles in the near future, only this Los Angeles exists in a “state of occupation by a force of outside intruders.”
“Colony is a gripping story that brilliantly weaves together an intense family drama in an authentic, yet unknown, world,” USA Network President Chris McCumber said in a press release. “We are pleased to be in business with Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse, who is clearly one of the best in the industry when it comes to genre fiction.”
The pilot was written and is executive produced by both Cuse and Condal.
You know how sometimes you go to Chipotle and you’re midway through having the guy build your burrito—then you realize you’ve made a terrible mistake? Maybe you should have gone for the chicken instead of the beef, or a wheat tortilla instead of white, or perhaps you finally decide you don’t even like Chipotle in the first place. This also happens to TV executives when ordering shows.
Sometimes, even after slogging through months of development, script revisions, a pilot order, a series order, and even announcing a premiere date, executives will still stop and go: Wait, we don’t really want to air that, do we? Except instead of regretting an $8 burrito, such reversals cost millions, hugely affect the careers of dozens of people, and deny viewers a project they were publicly led to believe they’d eventually get to watch.
That’s what happened yesterday, when Fox axed its Egyptian drama series Hieroglyph (which had been scheduled to premiere at midseason). In honor of those dead pharaohs, below we present Hieroglyph and six more examples of promising-sounding shows that were officially greenlit but axed before they premiered (not to be confused with mere pilots that are routinely not ordered to series). We’re not saying these shows would have been good — most likely they were executed poorly and tested terribly, or they almost certainly would have made it onto the air. (After all, enough truly bad shows get on the schedule.) Yet on paper, at least, each could have been something great: READ FULL STORY
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