UPDATE: EW’s current 2013 fall pilot list is here – complete with cast and which shows have received series greenlights.
As usual, lots of comedy pilots will focus on the family – including one headlined by Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. But this development season is not without a few welcome surprises, like the addition of Bridesmaids’ breakout star Rebel Wilson to one project, or CBS’ coup in nabbing House Bunny Anna Faris for her first-ever starring role in a network comedy.
As is the case with any pilot, not every one is assured a pickup come May when the networks announce their fall TV lineups in New York. See if you can guess what is likely to make the cut – and what deserves a special place in the dumpster. (And if you’re looking for the drama pilots, those are here):
Spy (Simeon Goulden). Rob Corddry stars in this single-camera comedy pilot based on a British comedy series that centers on a well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, who also happens to be his complete opposite.
Untitled Cullen Project (Mark & Robb Cullen). When Terry Gannon, a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father, a beer swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s underdog little league team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. James Caan stars.
Murder in Manhattan (Maria Maggenti). Hour-long dramedy set in NYC centering on a mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths.
Bad Management (Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh). A slightly self-centered female boss at a high end luxury goods department store finds her ways challenged when the boss’s son comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus. Horgan is also starring (as the boss).
Untitled Andrea Abbate. Karey is the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists - but when her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted African American son and give them the normal lives they deserve.
Middle Age Rage (Cheryl Holliday). About a middle aged mother who is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.
Divorce: A Love Story (Mike Sikowitz, Daniel Lappin). A multi-camera comedy revolving around Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple, who were bad together but discover they’re even worse apart and can’t seem to stay out of each others’ lives. Based on the Israeli format, Life Isn’t Everything.
Trophy Wife (Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins). Reformed party girl Kate finds herself with an insta-family when she falls in love with a man, Brad with three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives. Cast: Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden.
Super Fun Night (Rebel Wilson). Kimmie and her two best friends since high school have an awesome Friday night tradition of staying home in their pj’s and hanging out with each other, but when Kimmie gets a big promotion at her law firm and is invited to a party by the cute transfer from the London office, she realizes that she needs to step-up her game and convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road. Cast: Rebel Wilson, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop.
Mixology (Jon Lucas, Scott Moore). Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept comedy from the writers of The Hangover chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love – all over the course of one night.
Pulling (Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky). The story of three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.
Untitled Adam Goldberg (Adam F. Goldberg, Seth Gordon, Doug Robinson). A multi-generational, dysfunctional Wonder Years set in simpler times, inspired by Goldberg’s own experience growing up in the ’80s with a highly screwed up but loving family. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin.
Untitled John Leguizamo. Based on John Leguizamo’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality.