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Complete fall 2012 pilot list: Hits or misses?

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Here is the complete list of pilots that are currently under consideration for fall. We’ll update every time a drama or comedy is ordered to series.

NBC Dramas

Image Credit: Paul Morigi/WireImage.comMidnight Sun

Logline: This thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. Based on an acclaimed Israeli format, a female FBI cult specialist starts an investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy.

Cast: Julia Stiles, Titus Welliver

The Frontier

Logline: In an intense tale of survival, a group of disparate travelers embark on an incredible cross-country adventure through the West, where danger stalks them at every turn.

Cast: Ethan Embry, Bridget Regan


Logline: A brilliant neurosurgeon wrestles with his dangerous alter ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.

Cast: Steven Pasquale, Phylicia Rashad

Chicago Fire (SERIES ORDER)

Logline: From the writing team of 3:10 to Yuma comes this action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Windy City’s Fire Department.

Cast: Kelly Severide, Peter Mills

The Revolution (SERIES ORDER)

 Logline: In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.

Cast: Giancarlo Esposito, Andrea Roth


Logline: Emmy-winning creator Jason Katims takes us into the lives of a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising L.A. County Hospital.

Cast: Jason Ritter, Michael Imperioli

Bad Girls

Logline: From the producers of Shameless, and adapted from the long-running U.K. hit series of the same name, Bad Girls follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates – some mothers, some friends—who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and the outside.

Cast: Amy Smart, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jamie Pressly


Logline: A one-hour contemporary thriller series features the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.

Cast: Hugh Dancy, Will Graham


Logline: An opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in – as the maid’s daughter – to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend.

Cast: Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Meagan Good

Beautiful People

Logline: An imaginative and thematically rich “what if” drama set 10 minutes in the future where families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population — that is, until some of the mechanicals begin to “awaken.”

Cast: Francis Conroy, James Murray, Tovah Feldshuh

NBC Comedies

Matthew Perry


Logline: While an irreverent yet charming sportscaster tries to move on from loss, he reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group-therapy sessions.

Cast: Matthew Perry, Julie White

Susan 313

Logline: A single-camera comedy in which series star Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) returns to her old life after a breakup, ready to pick up where she left off, and finds it’s not as easy as she thought because those around her have moved on.

Cast: Sarah Silverman, Ken Leung


Logline: A comedy centering on an otherwise normal middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising a daughter (Sophia Mitri Schloss, Grimm) who has magical qualities.

Cast: Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Nealon, Sophia Mitri Schloss


Logline: A woman, who lets herself go while in a broken marriage, goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way.

Cast: Anne Heche, Michael Landes, Alexandra Breckenridge

Nic and Jen

Logline: What happens between two lifelong female friends when a husband comes into the mix.

Cast: Minnie Driver, Andrea Anders, Rachel Dratch, Josh Hopkins

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Downwardly Mobile

Logline: This multi-cam comedy brings Roseanne Barr back to series television as the proprietor of a mobile-home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Cast: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

Animal Practice (SERIES ORDER)

Logline: A single-camera office comedy centered on a House-like veterinarian, who loves animals but usually hates their owners.

Cast: Justin Kirk, Tyler Labine

Happy Valley

Logline: After being dumped by her fiancé, a shy, focused woman leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge.

Cast: Mena Survari, Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Guys with Kids (SERIES ORDER)

Logline: Three thirtysomething guys enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves.

Cast: Jesse Bradford, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe, Sara Rue

The New Normal (SERIES ORDER)

Logline: A heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them have children.

Cast: Justin Bartha, Bebe Wood, Ellen Barkin, Jayson Blair

Friday Night Dinner

Logline: Based on the U.K. format, this single-camera comedy about a quirky family that has supper together every Friday night is adapted by Emmy-winning creator Greg Daniels.

Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Allison Janney, Kevin Bigley

Next Caller (SERIES ORDER)

Logline: A single-camera gender comedy focusing on a brash alpha-male DJ and his new, plucky, feminist cohost, set in the offices of a satellite radio station.

Cast: Dane Cook, Jeffrey Tambor

Table for 3

Logline: A young woman returns home from overseas to find that her father is seriously dating the “mean girl” from her high school.

Cast: Scott Bakula, Brenda Song

1600 Penn (SERIES ORDER)

Logline: A family show set in the White House where all the kids are less than perfect.

Cast: Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman, Josh Gad