Drum Roll Continues…Pilot Guide for NBC and 2013

Drum Roll Continues…Pilot Guide for NBC and 2013

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NBC has a successful track record with giving us shows we love to watch. Dive into this list and see their plans for 2013. Some sound promising and some may have you scratching your head. Let us know your thoughts. 

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COMEDY

About a Boy

Logline: An adaptation of Nick Hornby‘s novel and the 2002 Hugh Grant feature film, it follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in next door with his crazy, single mother.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Jason Katims (
Parenthood), EP Michelle Lee
Studio: Universal Television, True Jack Productions, Working Title Productions, Tribeca Productions
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Assistance
Logline: Based on Leslye Headland’s play of the same name, the female-fronted comedy revolves around Nora, an idealistic assistant who attempts to find balance in her life while juggling the demands of a larger-than-life boss. The project is described as a fast-moving comedy centered on an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague (“work husband”) and her real life fiancé while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Leslye Headland (Bachelorette); EP Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Owen Burke
Studio: Universal Television, Gary Sanchez Productions
Format: Single-camera
Location: 

Donor Party
Logline: The ensemble comedy, in “new normal fashion,” is focused on an irresponsible man forced to grow up when he discovers he has children resulting from his days as a sperm donor. A new family unit develops when a single mom contacts him and he begins to have a relationship with her and the son he never knew he had.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Alex Schemmer (Community); EP Geyer Kosinski (Magic City)
Studio: Universal Television, Lionsgate, Media Talent Group
Format: Single-camera
Location: 

The Gates
Logline: Based on the British comedy of the same name, Gates revolves around the parents and staff who navigate the twice-daily social landmine that exists at the school drop-off gates of an elementary school.
Cast: Ken Marino, Aasif Mandvi, Diana Maria Riva, John Grisetti, Justin Chon, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Christina Kirk, Kylie Rogers
Team: W/EP Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith (‘Til Death, The King of Queens); EPs Aaron Kaplan
Studio: 20th Television, Kapital Entertainment, Feelgood Fiction
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Girlfriend in a Coma
Logline: After almost two decades, a 34-year-old woman wakes up from a coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold.  (Single)
Cast:
Team: EP/W: Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie); EP Dick Wolf, Danielle Gelber
Studio: Universal Television, Wolf Films
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Holding Patterns
Logline: Ensemble comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash.
Cast:
Team: EP/W: Justin Spitzer (The Office); EP Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan
Studio: Universal Television, TBD Productions
Format: Multicamera
Location:

Joe, Joe and Jane
Logline: The semi-autobiographical project centers on a conflict-avoidant children’s book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife (Army Wives‘ Sally Pressman) and his co-author/best friend; it’s not about a couple, it’s about a “trouple.”
Cast: Sally Pressman (Army Wives), Larry Wilmore (Daily Show)
Team: W/EP Joe Port, Joe Wiseman (New Girl)
Studio: 20th Television
Format: Multicamera
Location:

Undateable
Logline: A young ensemble centering on a group of friends dubbed the “Undateables” whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Adam Sztykiel (Due Date); EP Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Doozer Productions
Format: Multicamera
Location:

Untitled DJ Nash
Logline: A son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce.
Cast:
Team: EP/W: DJ Nash (Up All Night); EP Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente
Studio: Universal Television, Aggregate Films
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick comedy
Logline: Revolves around the trials and tribulations of dating in your 20s as told through a group of friends.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Robert Padnick (The Office); EP Greg Daniels, Tracy Katsky, Howard Klein
Studio: Universal Television, Deedle Dee Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Untitled Jessica Simpson comedy — (pilot presentation)
Logline: A comedy loosely based on Simpson’s life.
Cast: Jessica Simpson
Team: W/EP Robin Bakay, Nick Bakay (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, ‘Till Death); EP Ben Silverman, Joe Simpson, co-EP Jimmy Fox
Studio: Universal Television, Electus
Format: Single-camera
Location: 

Untitled John Mulaney/Lorne Michaels comedy
Logline: An ensemble comedy that is created, written by and starring stand-up comedian John Mulaney based loosely on his life.
Cast: John Mulaney
Team: W/EP John Mulaney; EP Lorne Michaels; Andrew Singer; Dave Becky; David Miner
Studio: Universal Television, Broadway Video, 3 Arts
Format: Multicamera
Location:

Untitled Michael J. Fox comedy — ordered straight to series
Logline: Inspired by the former Family Ties actor’s life, Fox stars as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career and challenges — including Parkinson’s disease — as he goes back to work as a news anchor.
Cast: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Katie Finneran(Wonderfalls), Wendell Pierce (Treme), Ana Nogueira, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore
Team: W/EP Sam Laybourne, EP Richard Schwartz, EP/D Will Gluck
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Olive Bridge
Format: Single-camera
Location: New York

Untitled Owen Ellickson & Craig Robinson comedy
Logline: Centers on a talented musician (The Office‘s Craig Robinson) who adjusts to his new life as a middle school music teacher, where he maneuvers precocious kids, teacher politics and the temptations of single moms.
Cast: Craig Robinson
Team: W/EP Owen Ellickson (The Office); EP Greg Daniels, Tracy Katsky, Howard Klein, Mark Schulman, P Craig Robinson
Studio: Universal Television, Deedle-Dee Productions, 3 Arts
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Untitled Sean Hayes
Logline: Centers on Sean (Hayes), a guy who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter — who just moved in — while juggling a temperamental new boss at work.
Cast: Sean Hayes
Team: W/EP Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted); EP Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner
Studio: Universal Television, Hazy Mills
Format: Multicamera
Location:

Welcome to the Family
Logline: Cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. (Single camera)
Cast:
Team: W/EP Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement)
Studio: Sony Pictures Television
Format: Single-camera
Location:

DRAMA

After Hours
Logline: An ensemble medical show following Army doctors working the late shift at a San Antonio Hospital.
Cast: Brigid Brannagh, Eoin Macken, Freddy Rodriguez, Jeananne Goossen, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Robert Bailey Jr.
Team: W/EP Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah (Life as We Know It); EP/D Pierre Morel
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Sachs/Judah Productions
Location: New Mexico

Believe
Logline: An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Mark Friedman (The Forgotten); EP J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot
Location:

The Blacklist
Logline: The world’s most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with.  His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger); EP/Showrunner John Eisendrath (Alias); EP John Fox, John Davis
Studio: Sony Pictures Television
Location:  

Bloodline
Logline: A contemporary pulp thriller that revolves around an orphaned young girl named Bird Benson, who because of an accident of birth is caught in the struggle between two warring families of mercenaries and killers. Mentored by a Chinese man, Bird has to accept the quest to find and defeat her mother in mortal combat if she is to ever lead a normal life.
Cast:
Team: W/EP David Granziano (Awake, Terra Nova), EP/D Peter Berg, EP Sarah Aubrey
Studio: Universal, Film 44
Location:

Brenda Forever
Logline: Stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.
Cast:
Team: W/EP David Lampson, Andrew Leeds; EP Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer
Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fedora Entertainment
Format: Single-camera
Location: 

Hatfields & McCoys
Logline: Set in present-day Pittsburgh, a startling death reignites the feud between these two legendary families. Unleashing decades of resentment, the blue-collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city.
Cast:
Team: W/EP John Glenn (Eagle Eye); EP Charlize Theron, AJ Dix, Dawn Olmstead, Beau Flynn
Studio: ABC Studios, Denver & Delilah, Tower Hill, Beau Flynn Productions, Grady Girl
Location:

I Am Victor
Logline: Based on author Jo Nesbo’s upcoming book, the drama is described as House revolving around a high-powered divorce attorney named Victor Port with a unique view of relationships.  
Cast:
Team: W/EP Mark Goffman (The West WingStudio 60), EP Katie Jacobs (House), Daniel Rappaport, Meghan Lyvers
Studio: Universal Television
Location:

The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Logline: A drama about a murder in suburban California and the secrets exposed in its aftermath.
Cast: James Tupper, Jesse L. Martin, Laura Allen, Martin Henderson, Nicole Ari Parker, Olivia Luccardi, Perry Reeves
Team: W/EP Sascha Penn (Imagination Movers), EPs Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman; co-EP KristieAnne Reed; D Mark Pellington
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer TV
Location:

The Sixth Gun
Logline: Based on the best-selling Oni Press graphic novel, this supernatural Western follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers.
Cast:
Team: W Ryan Condal; EP/showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost); EP Eric Gitter, Andy Borne
Studio: UTV/Oni Press
Location:

Untitled Rand Ravich project
Logline: When Washington’s most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear. Forced together by dire circumstances these power brokers, the FBI and a rookie secret.
Cast:
Team: W/EP: Rand Ravich (Life); EP Far Shariat
Studio: 20th Television
Location:

Wonderland 
Logline: The modern-set follow-up to Lewis Carroll’s Alice revolves around Clara, whose life took an unexplained turn for the worse seven years ago. A mysterious stranger tells her there may be an explanation after all … that lies in the fantastical world of Wonderland. Determined to revive her dreams and get her life back on track, Clara agrees to wage war against the reigning but malevolent Queen, the woman we once knew as Alice.
Team: W Whit Anderson; EP Anthony Zuiker (CSI), Matt Weinberg, JoAnn Alfano, Margaret Riley
Studio: Universal Television, Dare to Pass, Brillstein
Location: 

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  • KathyFischer

    the Michael J Fox and Sean Hayes one looks good and the Wonderland. possibly the Gates not sure yet .

  • KarmaG

    Gates might be interesting. Girlfriend in a Coma sounds like the dumbest idea on the list or for the entire season on any network.

    • http://www.tvfishbowl.com Ed B.

      Some of these proposed shows have left me scratching my head asking why

  • http://TVFishBowl.com Shannon A.

    I’m scratching my head over Jessica Simpson’s life being a comedy. Network trying to ride that tuna horse till it’s dead perhaps?

    • KarmaG

      I thought that horse died long ago but I guess it’s been resurrected. Yay for us? LOL

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