Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


10 TV shows that are heating up pilot season

The fall 2012 TV season could potentially be one of the best in years, with star-studded projects starring Mindy Kaling, Tony Shalhoub, Angela Bassett and Lucy Liu up for review

Posted on

In less than two weeks the broadcast networks will take Madison Avenue by storm to unveil their fall prime-time schedules. Since an embarrassing number of shows failed to pass muster this year (we will miss you, Work It, Man Up!, The Firm, and I Hate My Teenage Daughter — NOT), the nets must decide how to fill the high-profile holes they left behind. Fortunately, a whole bunch of nifty projects have caught fire early and given the industry some hope that fall 2012 could be one of the best in years. Here are 10 drama and comedy pilots generating some heat going into this month’s upfront advertiser presentations in New York City.

Frontier (NBC)
A disparate group of travelers goes on an incredible adventure through the West. Stars Ethan Embry, Bridget Regan

Animal Kingdom (NBC)
A single-camera office comedy centered on a House-like veterinarian. Stars Justin Kirk, Tyler Labine

Last Resort (ABC)
A mutinous missile submarine crew declares itself the world’s smallest nuclear-enabled sovereign nation. Stars Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman

Friday Night Dinner (NBC)
A reboot of the U.K. comedy about a quirky family that has supper together every Friday. Stars Tony Shalhoub, Allison Janney

A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes. Stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

Rebounding (FOX)
A comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiancée Stars Will Forte, Andrea Savage

Untitled Karyn Usher Project (FOX)
The Prison Break producer’s story about the 17-year-old daughter of a CIA operative and her encounters with a rogue agent-assassin. Stars Julian McMahon, Angela Bassett

Untitled Mindy Kaling Project (FOX)
A Bridget Jones-type doctor tries to navigate both her personal and professional lives. Stars Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina

Nashville (ABC)
The country-music scene provides the setting for this family soap. Stars Connie Britton, Eric Close, Hayden Panettiere

The Carrie Diaries (THE CW)
In this series based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, a young Carrie Bradshaw comes of age in the 1980s. Stars AnnaSophia Robb