James Hibberd
March 06, 2014 AT 05:18 PM EST

Zombies (not vampires), cops (not lawyers) and spin-offs (not remakes) are hot this year. With broadcast’s annual pilot season in full force and some early direct-to-series orders already revealed, intriguing development trends have emerged. Here’s our pre-preview of what’s IN and OUT for fall:

IN: Spin-Offs: SO many this year, plus a copycat bonus: Two are set in New Orleans. CBS is yet again expanding its acronym-based cop-show empire with a Big Easy edition of NCIS starring Quantum Leap‘s Scott Bakula, plus a Virgina-based CSI set in the FBI Cyber Crimes Division starring ex-Medium Patricia Arquette. Also: The CW’s Supernatural has its spin-off Tribes starring Lucien Laviscount and Nathaniel Buzolic, while Arrow has The Flash, starring Grant Gustin. CBS’s How I Met Your Mother spin-off pilot How I Met Your Dad, a female-view twist on the departing hit sitcom starring Greta Gerwig, is considered a lock for a fall series. But what’s out are….

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