TV pilots mega list 2012
When there’s two rival Beauty and the Beast projects, you gotta think a trend is forming. Following the success of ABC’s top-rated new drama Once Upon a Time (and to a lesser extent, NBC’s Grimm), broadcast-network pilot season seems to have a greater than usual number of projects with fantasy or supernatural elements — along with a ton of shows about federal agents, everyday cops, doctors, conspiracies, and cults. The magical-realism trend is partly a continuation from last year’s pilot season. This time around, however, there seems to be fewer head-turning TV reboots ideas in the mix like Charlie’s Angels and Wonder Woman. Below is EW’s landing strip for the 2012 broadcast-network pilots. We’ll update this post as networks make their finals orders. Wands out: Accio loglines!
Logline: An imaginative and thematically rich ensemble “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.”
From: Writer-EP Michael McDonald; EPs Robert M. Sertner, Stephen Hopkins; Universal Television and ABC Studios
The Munsters Mockingbird Lane
Logline: From writer-executive producer Bryan Fuller, Mockingbird Lane is an imaginative reinvention of The Munsters as a visually spectacular one-hour drama.
From: Writer-EP Bryan Fuller; EPs Bryan Singer, John Wirth; Universal Television and Bad Hat Harry Productions
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.
From: Writer-EP Shaun Cassidy; EPs Thomas Schlamme, Jeff Kwatinetz, Josh Barry; Sony and Prospect Park
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.
From: Writer-EP Lisa Zwerling; EPs Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Alon Aranya, Efrat Shmayadron, Minit Toovi, Noah Stollman, and Oded Davidoff; Universal Television
Do No Harm
Logline: A brilliant neurosurgeon wrestles with his dangerous alter ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.
From: Writer David Schulner; EPs Peter Traugott; Rachel Kaplan; Universal Television
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.
From: Writer-EPs Derek Haas, Michael Brandt; Dick Wolf, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski; Universal Television and Wolf Films
Logline: A high octane action drama from J. J. Abrams following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.
From: Writer-EP: Logline: Eric Kripke; J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk
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.
From: Writer-EP Jason Katims; Universal Television
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.
From: Writer-EP Nancy Pimental; Warner Bros. Television, John Wells Productions, and Shed Media U.
Sarah Silverman Project
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.
From: Writers-EPs Sarah Silverman, Dan Sterling, Jon Schroeder; EPs Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo; 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television
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.
From: Writers-EPs Eric Gilliland, Roseanne Barr; EP John Argent; 20th Century Fox Television
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.
From: Writer-EP’s Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall; EPs Aaron Kaplan, Jocelyn Deshenes, Karey Burke; Universal Television, Kapital Entertainment, Sphere Media, and Dark Toy Entertainment
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.
From: Writer-EP John Scott Shepherd; EPs Scott Winant, Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon; Sony and Original Film & Television
Untitled Karl Lizer
Logline: What happens between two lifelong female friends when a husband comes into the mix.
From: Writer-EP Kari Lizer; Warner Bros. Television
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.
From: Writer-SP Scott Silveri; EP Karey Burke; Universal Television
Logline: A single-camera office comedy centered on a House-like veterinarian, who loves animals but usually hates their owners.
From: Writer-EP Brian Gatewood, Alex Tanaka ; EPs Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Ravi Nandan, Scot Armstrong; American Work and Universal Television
Untitled Hilary Winston
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.
From: Writer-EP Hilary Winston; EPs Jamie Tarses, Julia Franz; Sony
Untitled Jimmy Fallon
Logline: Three thirtysomething guys enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves.
From: Writer-EP Charlie Grandy; EPs Jimmy Fallon, Amy Ozols; Holiday Road and Universal Television
The New Normal
Logline: A heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them start a family.
From: Writer-EPs Ryan Murphy, Allison Adler; 20th Century Fox TV and Ryan Murphy Productions
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.
From: Writer-EP Greg Daniels; EPs Ken Kwapis, Howard Klein; Deedle Dee Prod/ 3 Arts/ Big Talk Television and Universal Television
Next Caller Please
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.
From: EP Stephen Falk; Universal Television and Lionsgate Television
Logline: A young woman returns home from overseas to find that her father is seriously dating the “mean girl” from her high school.
From: Writer-EP Dana Klein; 20th Century Fox Television and Kapital Entertainment
Logline: A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with Sherlock now living in New York City.
From: Writer Robert Doherty; EPs Robert Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly; CBS Television Studios
Baby Big Shot
Logline: A working-class woman uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a Manhattan law firm.
From: Writer Dana Calvo; EPs Kevin Falls (showrunner), Jamie Tarses, Julia Franz; Sony Pictures Television/CBS Television Studios
Logline: A common-sense mother turns New York state trooper.
From: Aron Eli Coleite; EPs Aron Eli Coleite, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman; Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television
Logline: A show about the making of a man. Tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner.
From: Writer Nicholas Wootton; EPs Nicholas Wootton, Greg Berlanti; Warner Bros. Television
Logline: After losing three partners in the line of duty, a decorated police detective becomes surrogate husband, lover, and father to their families.
From: Writer David Hubbard; EPs David Hubbard, Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz; CBS Television Studios
Untitled Ralph Lamb
Logline: Period piece set in the 1960s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb: rodeo cowboy turned longtime sheriff of Las Vegas.
From: Writers Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker; EPs Nicolas Pileggi, Greg Walker, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian; CBS Television Studios
Logline: Based on Ayelet Waldman’s Mommy Track Mysteries series of books in which a former public defender becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom.
From: Writer Ayelet Waldman; EPs Ayelet Waldman, Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, Christopher Columbus; CBS Television Studios
Logline: An edgy and independent millennial-hacker girl teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes.
From: Ilene Chaiken; Ilene Chaiken, Joel Silver; Silver Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television
Super Fun Night
Logline: A half-hour multi-cam comedy following three nerdy female friends on their “funcomfortable” quest to have SUPER FUN every Friday night.
From: Star-Co-EP-Writer Rebel Wilson; EPs Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross, David Kissinger; Conaco in association with Warner Bros. Television
Untitled Louis CK
Logline: Ensemble of young people trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times.
From: Writers Louis CK and Spike Feresten; EPs Louis CK, Spike Feresten, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Gene Stein; Berman/Braun in association with Universal Television, CBS TV Studios
Logline: Twentysomething best friends, Evan and Rob, move from their hometown of Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at GroupOn. Evan is having trouble breaking his old slothful habits and rather than go out after work to explore L.A. and meet new people, prefers to play online poker with his buddies back home. Rob has different plans and is determined to drag Evan, kicking and screaming, along with him.
From: Writers Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal; EPs Alan Kirschenbaum, Ajay Sahgal, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum; CBS Television Studios/The Tannenbaum Co.
Untitled Nick Stoller
Logline: Loosely based on Stoller’s real-life experiences, the pilot is a twentysomething ensemble comedy about a guy who gets his heart broken by his girlfriend and now has to work one cubicle away from her at an ad agency.
From: Writer Nicholas Stoller; EPs Nick Stoller, Katherine Pope, Peter Chernin; Chernin Entertainment/20th Century Fox Television
Untitled Ben Falcone
Logline: Comedy series about a single 37-year-old man (Ben Falcone) who loses everything he has in the real estate collapse and finds himself back home in the house he grew up in….with his parents.
From: Writers Larry Dorf and Ben Falcone; C0-EP Melissa McCarthy
Logline: A personal story of two lifelong friends and business partners. Architects Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage. When Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend, Louis’ neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in the breakup of his own relationship.
From: Writers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan; EPs Max Mutchnick, David Kohan; Warner Bros. Television
Untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti Project
Logline: Nick has a health scare and realizes Wendy, his best friend and business partner of 15 years, is “the one.” Now he has to figure out how to break it to her.
From: Writers Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti; EPs: Greg Malins, Greg Berlanti; Warner Bros. Television
Logline: A character-driven drama set in the CIA’s New York City station, focusing on a female agent with a very specialized and controversial area of expertise.
From: Writer-EP Josh Friedman; Twentieth Century Fox Television
Logline: After being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney uses his unusual methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling and ultimately to exact revenge on the man who set him up.
From: Writer Marc Guggenheim; EPs Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, McG, Peter Johnson; Bonanza Productions / Berlanti Productions / Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Warner Bros. Television
Logline: A young female thoracic surgeon with Bridgeport roots is split between two worlds as she juggles her career and her lifelong debt to the South Chicago mob.
From: Writer Robert Wright; EPs Michael Dinner, Josh Berman, Robert Wright; Sony
Untitled Karyn Usher
Logline: The orphaned 17-year-old daughter of a CIA operative encounters a mysterious rogue agent-assassin who serves as both her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world.
From: Writer Karyn Usher; EPs Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements; 20th Century Fox Television / 21 Laps
Untitled Kevin Williamson
Logline: An edge-of-your-seat thriller about the complex relationship between a diabolical serial killer and the damaged FBI agent who took him down. After the killer escaped, the agent is reactivated and discovers that he is no longer just hunting one man, but a massive cult of serial killers created and manipulated during his time in prison. Kevin Bacon is near a deal to star as the agent.
From: Writer Kevin Williamson; Warner Bros. Television
Ben Fox Is My Manny
Logline: Under the guise of being his niece’s nanny, a free spirited young guy moves in with his type “”A”” tightly wound sister and in the process will help her reenter the world.
From: Writer Dana Fox; 20th Century Fox Television / Chernin
Logline: Tossed out of his Brentwood home, an affable but lost 30-year-old guy moves in with his longtime Latin American nanny, goes head-to-head with her strong-willed son, and finds himself in a family and work life very different from the one he grew up in.
From: Writer-EPs David Guarascio and Moses Port; Sony
Logline: Comedy centering a on father-son relationship, inspired by Lawrence’s real-life experiences.
From: Writer Bill Lawrence; EPs Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold; Warner Bros. Television
Logline: A boisterous ex-con moves in with his level-headed brother and the brother’s family.
From: Writer Mike Royce; 20th Century Fox Television / Hat Trick / Los Marbles
The Goodwin Games
Logline: High-concept family comedy about a father who leaves his fortune to his three children only if they agree to his terms
From: Writer-EPs: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris
Logline: A hard-partying blogger is forced to reevaluate his laissez-faire career plan when he gets a new job as a host on public radio.
From: Writers Rob Rosell and Dan Dunn; EPs Rob McElhenney, Rob Rosell, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Nick Frenkel, Michael Rotenberg; 3 Arts, FX, 20th Century Fox Television
Logline: A rare child prodigy with an attitude shakes up his Hogwarts-like academy, while bringing the rarified world of his school back home to his aggressive working class family in Lowell, Mass.
From: Writer Mike O’ Malley; EPs John Wells, Paris Barclay, Andrew Stearn; Warner Bros. Television
Untitled Mindy Kaling
Logline: A young Bridget Jones-type doctor, trying to navigate both her personal and professional lives.
From: Writer-EP Mindy Kaling; EP Howard Klein; Universal
Beauty and the Beast
Logline: A fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.
From: Writer Jon Steinberg; EPs Gary Fleder, Mary Beth Basile; ABC Studios
Logline: After pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, a female cop discovers a magical world that exists within New York City. A world that goes unseen by normal humans, and takes all of the familiar NYC landmarks and reinvents them in a magical otherworldly manner.
From: Writer-EP Michael Green; 20th Century Fox Television
An international action-thriller-soap that follows the story of establishing a new society in a world held hostage by the crew of a ballistic missile submarine. Basically, a U.S. nuclear sub crew refuses orders to fire their missiles and escapes to a NATO outpost and declares themselves the smallest nuclear nation.
From: Shawn Ryan, Karl Gajdusek
Logline: A bizarre twist of fate pulls a man who’s spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.
From: Writer-EP Paul Scheuring; EPs Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott; ABC Studios
Logline: Based on the Mexican format, this soap follows four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
From: Writer-EP Marc Cherry; EP Sabrina Wind; ABC Studios
Logline: Based on the Dutch format, Penoza centers on the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in an organized-crime syndicate in order to protect her family.
From: Writer-EP Melissa Rosenberg; EPs Alon Aranya and Howard Klein; ABC Studios, Endemol Studios
666 Park Ave.
Logline: When a young couple accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City, they unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building.
From: Writer-EP David Wilcox; EPs: Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo; Warner Bros. Television, Alloy Entertainment
Untitled Roland Emmerich
Logline: Set in New York City against the backdrop of the presidential race. Follows a young astrophysics student who finds out that his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between hell and heaven.
From: Writer-EPs Emmerich and Harald Kloser; EP Nicholas Pepper; Mark Gordon Company
Logline: Based on the 1978 novel Scruples that follows the life of Wilhelmina Hunnewell Winthrop, a.k.a. Billy, a previously plump woman who loses weight, becomes fabulously cool, and survives a very rich (and very old) first husband. She ends up opening up a Beverly Hills clothing boutique called Scruples.
From: Writer-EPs Bob Brush, Mel Harris; EPs Tony Krantz, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch; Flame Ventures LLC in association with Warner Bros. Television
Logline: A soap set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business.
From: Writer-EP Michael Seitzman; EPs Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper; Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios
Logline: A family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise.
From: Writer-EP Callie Khouri; EPs RJ Cutler, Steve Buchanan; Gaylord Entertainment, ABC Studios, and Lionsgate
Set in 1895, this epic love story follows the opening of the first grand luxury hotel in NYC, against a backdrop of vicious family rivalries, scandalous secrets, and conflict and comingling of classes.
From: Writer K.J. Steinberg; EP Shonda Rhimes; ABC Studios
Logline: A cosmopolitan woman gets married and becomes a fish out of water in the suburbs, having to juggle step-kids, her mother-in-law, and the ex-wife of her husband who also happens to be the town sheriff.
From: Writers Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont; Judy Greer is attached to star and executive produce; EP David Gardner; ABC Studios
Untitled Mandy Moore
Logline: Newlyweds Annie (Mandy Moore) and Ben get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in Annie’s hometown bringing her closer to her needy and high maintenance family.
From: Writers Bob Fisher and Stacy Traub. EPs Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy.
The Smart One
Logline: Portia de Rossi stars as a brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister — a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city Mayor.
From: Writer-EP Donald Todd. EP’s DeGeneres and Lauren Corrao; Warner Bros. TV
Untitled Dan Fogelman
Logline: Family that moves into a highly desirable gated community in New Jersey only to discover that the entire neighborhood is made up of aliens disguised as humans.
From: Writer Dan Fogleman; EPs Chris Koch, Aaron Kaplan
How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life
Logline: Polly, a recently divorced single mom, moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max, a couple who are full of life but know no boundaries. Sarah Chalke will star.
From: Writer-EP Claudia Lonow; EPs Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo; 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television
Untitled Adam Sztykiel
Logline: A raw, hilarious peek behind the curtain of modern twentysomething relationships.
From: Writer-EP Adam Sztykiel; EPs Sean Perrone and Aaron Kaplan; 20th Century Fox Television
White Van Man
Logline: Based on the British format, the show centers on a man who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father.
From: Writer-EP Bobby Bowman; Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios
Only Fools & Horses
Logline: Based on the iconic British series, this classic comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers and their aging grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires.
From: Writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley; ABC Studios.
Three aging sisters who run their family diner together in West Texas find that sibling dynamics are always getting in the way of getting the job done.
From: Writer Stephnie Weir
Untitled Karl Lizer (yes, another one)
Logline: The half-hour multi-camera project concerns a high-powered female executive who has dominated corporate America for years, facing the biggest challenge of her life: finding herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two teenagers.
From: Writer Karl Lizer; Warner Bros. Television
Logline: Based on the DC Comics comic book, this hour-long drama is a modern retelling of the legendary DC Comics character Green Arrow. Stephen Amell to star.
From: Writer-EPs Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg; Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
The Carrie Diaries
Logline: Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, a young Carrie Bradshaw comes of age in the 1980s, asking her first questions about love, sex, friendship, and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan.
From: Writer-EP Amy Harris; EPs Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein, Candace Bushnell; Fake Empire in association with Warner Bros. Television
Logline: Drama set at an historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional, and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries, and romances of their own.
From: Writer-EP Mark Schwahn; EPs J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk; Bad Robot Productions, Mastermind Laboratories in association with Warner Bros. Television
Logline: Based on the forthcoming series of books by Kiera Cass, The Selection is an epic romance set 300 years in the future which centers on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.
From: Writer-EPs Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain; Warner Bros. Television
Logline: Based on the Israeli format Danny Hollywood. In this romantic time-travel musical, a documentary filmmaker travels back in time to the 1990s where she meets and falls in love with the rock-star subject of her film. When she unexpectedly returns to the present day, she must find her way back to the past to reunite with her love and prevent his untimely death.
From: Writer Bert Royal; EPs Mark Harmon, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Martha Haight; CBS Television Studios in association with Harmon/Tannenbaum
Logline: After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, an inquisitive, young female production assistant on a wildly popular television show called Cult joins a journalist-blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program, in real life.
From: Writer-EP Rockne O’Bannon; EPs Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein; Fake Empire in association with Warner Bros. Television
Beauty and the Beast
Logline: Loosely based on the CBS’ Beauty and the Beast series from the 1980s, this is a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist. (Yes, this is in addition to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast project.)
From: Writer-EPs Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper; EPs Paul J. Witt and C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow, Bill Haber; CBS Television Studios
Logline: Glad to leave her nerdy past behind for a fresh start in the adult professional world, a newly minted doctor discovers that, sadly and comically, life at the hospital where she works is no different than high school.
From: Writer-EP Jennie Snyder Urman