Complete fall 2012 pilot list: Hits or misses?
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.
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
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
Do No Harm (SERIES ORDER)
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
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
Infamous (SERIES ORDER)
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
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
Go On (SERIES ORDER)
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
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
Save Me (SERIES ORDER)
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
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
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
Elementary (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with Sherlock now living in New York City.
Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn
Made in New Jersey, formerly Baby Big Shot (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A working-class woman uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a Manhattan law firm.
Cast: Janet Montgomery, Kyle MacLachlan, Pablo Schreiber
Logline: A common-sense mother turns New York state trooper.
Cast: Mira Sorvino
Golden Boy (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A show about the making of a man. Tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner.
Cast: Chi McBride, Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville
Logline: After losing three partners in the line of duty, a decorated police detective becomes surrogate husband, lover, and father to their families.
Cast: John Corbett, Natalie Martinez, Jennifer Beals, Paula Marshall
Vegas (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A period piece set in the 1960s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb: rodeo cowboy turned longtime sheriff of Las Vegas.
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Jason O’Mara, Carrie-Ann Moss
Logline: Based on Ayelet Waldman’s Mommy Track Mysteries, a former public defender becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom.
Cast: Jay Mohr, Rachelle LeFevre
Untitled Martin Lawrence Project
Logline: Martin Lawrence stars as a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46.
Cast: Martin Lawrence, Ethan Suplee, Regina Hall, John Amos
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.
Cast: Kevin Patterson, Alan Ritchson, Edi Patterson
Untitled Louis CK/Spike Feresten Project
Logline: Ensemble of young people trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times.
Cast: Ashley Tisdale, Dan Byrd
Friend Me (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Cast: Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicholas Braun
Untitled Nick Stoller Project
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.
Cast: Randall Park, Brie Larson, Michael Angarano
Untitled Larry Dorf/Ben Falcone Project
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.
Cast: Judd Hirsche, Emily Rutherford, Rachael Harris, Ben Falcone
Partners (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Cast: David Krumholtz, Michael Urie, Sophia Bush, Brandon Routh
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.
Cast: Joanna Garcia Swisher, Greg Grunberg, Matt Cook
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.
Cast: Ali Larter, Hamish Linklater, Bradley Whitford
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.
Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr, Jay Harrington, Julian Morris
Mob Doctor (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Cast: Jordano Spiro, William Forsythe, Zach Gilford, Zeljko Ivanek
Untitled Karyn Usher Project
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.
Cast: Julian McMahon, Angela Bassett, Rick Schroder
Untitled Kevin Williamson Project (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea
Ben & Kate (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Lucy Punch
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.
Cast: Mercedes Ruehl, Ana Nogueira, Will Greenberg
Logline: Comedy centering a on father-son relationship
Cast: Colin Ferguson, Kevin Michael Martin, Annie Q
Image Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosLittle Brother
Logline: A boisterous ex-con moves in with his level-headed brother and the brother’s family.
Cast: John Stamos, T.J. Miller, Rosa Salazar
The Goodwin Games (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: High-concept family comedy about a father who leaves his fortune to his three children only if they agree to his terms
Cast: Scott Foley, Becki Newton
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.
Cast: Larry Wilmore, Donald Sutherland, Mike Vogel
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.
Cast: Mike O’Malley, Missi Pyle, Don Lake
Logline: An uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiance with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team.
Cast: Will Forte, Andrea Savage, Hayes MacArthur
The Mindy Project (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A young Bridget Jones-type doctor tries to navigate both her personal and professional lives.
Cast: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks
Let It Go
Logline: An ensemble comedy told through the perspective of a young father who is strongly committed in his beliefs and will go to any length to prove his point.
Cast: Zachary Levi, Kat Foster
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.
Cast: Alan Dale, Chris Egan, Darius Campbell, F. Murray Abraham
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.
Cast: Brian Cox, Carry Sloane, Lennie James, Megan Ketch
Mistresses (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: The story of four women with turbulent romantic lives.
Cast: Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan.
Last Resort (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: 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.
Cast: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Autumn Reeser
Zero Hour (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Cast: Anthony Edwards, Michael Nyqvist
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.
Cast: Ana Ortiz, Grant Show, Susan Lucci, Tom Irwin
Red Widow (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: Based on the Dutch format, Red Widow 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.
Cast: Erin Moriarty, Mido Hamada
666 Park Ave. (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Stars: Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor, Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Williams
Untitled Roland Emmerich/Harold Kloser Project
Logline: Set in New York City against the backdrop of the presidential race, a young astrophysics student finds out that his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between hell and heaven.
Cast: Linus Roache, Martin Landau, Gabriella Wilde
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.
Cast: Boris Kodjoe, Chad Michael Murray, Claire Forlani, Gary Cole
Logline: A soap that revolves around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business.
Stars: Annabeth Gish, Anthony LaPaglia, Ashley Greene, Emilie De Ravin, Ken Olin
Nashville (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: The Nashville music scene provides the setting for this family soap with one star at her peak and one on the rise.
Cast: Connie Britton, Eric Close, Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Jackson, Powers Boothe
Logline: Vicious family rivalries, scandalous secrets, and the conflict and comingling of classes take center stage amidst the opening of of NYC’s first luxury hotel in 1895.
Cast: Blythe Danner, John Barrowman, Madeline Zima, Matt Long, Matt Lauria, Sarah Bolger
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.
Cast: Judy Greer, Ken Marino
Malibu Country (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: After her good ol’ boy rock star husband cheats on her and burns through most of their money, Reba divorces him and moves her three sons and mom from Nashville to the only asset they have left — a little house in Malibu.
Cast: Reba McEntire, Sara Rue, Jai Rodriguez, Lily Tomlin
Untitled Mandy Moore Project
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.
Cast: Mandy Moore, Ravi Patel, Stockard Channing
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.
Cast: David Arquette, Jean Smart, Malin Akerman, Portia De Rossi, Nestor Carbonell
The Neighbors (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A family 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.
Cast: Jamie Gertz, Max Charles
How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Cast: Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins, Orlando Jones, Rachel Eggleston, Sarah Chalke
Dusty Goes to Awesometown
Logline: A raw, hilarious peek behind the curtain of modern twentysomething relationships.
Cast: Ben Rappaport, Dennis Miller, Amanda Crew
Logline: Neil, an uncool cubicle worker, or prairie dog, at one of the coolest companies in the world, is victim to identity theft. When he discovers the thief has created a much more fulfilling, kick ass life with his identity, he engages the charismatic conman to help him reinvent himself.
Cast: Cary Elwes, Dan Fogler, Kal Penn
Comeback Jack (SERIES ORDER)
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.
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Kyle Bornheimer, Leah Remini
Only Fools & Horses
Logline: This classic comedy — a reboot of the British series — 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.
Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Dustin Ybarra, John Leguizamo, Wendi McClendon-Covey
Logline: 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.
Cast: Delta Burke, Doris Roberts, Ken Howard, Margo Martindale
Untitled Karl Lizer Project
Logline: The half-hour multi-camera project concerns a high-powered female executive, who has dominated corporate America for years, now faces the biggest challenge of her life: finding herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two teenagers.
Cast: Mary McCormack, Mo Gaffney, Horatio Sanz
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The CW Dramas
The Carrie Diaries SERIES ORDER
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.
Cast: AnnaSophia Robb
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.
Cast: Hannah New, Eka Darville
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.
Cast: Aimee Teegarden
Logline: In this romantic time-travel musical, based on the Israeli format Danny Hollywood, 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.
Cast: Amber Stevens
Cult SERIES ORDER
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.
Cast: Matt Davis
Beauty and the Beast SERIES ORDER
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.)
Cast: Kristin Kreuk
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.
Cast: Mamie Gummer
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