Next week, the broadcast networks will begin revealing their schedules for the 2013-2014 television season. While a lot of attention has been put on what bubble shows will eek out another season, the focus will soon shift to the latest offerings that will try to find a foothold in an increasingly crowded television landscape. Over the rest of the week, we’ll be providing you with a list of pilots in contention from each of the networks, posted in the order in which they’ll be announcing their schedules. Included will be titles, cast lists, and a brief, officially released summation of the show’s content.
FOX will be the second network to reveal its schedule, as its upfronts presentation is set to take place the afternoon of Monday, May 13th. The network has already given the greenlight to one series in Seth MacFarlane’s Dads, a live-action comedy with a blind order of six episodes, but dramas will be on the forefront this season, given that Bones is aging, Glee‘s not as powerful as it once was, and The Following is only half a season. On the comedy side, FOX is leaning toward more male-centric programming following the dissolution of its female-centric Tuesday bloc this season, though there are multiple shows that could fit on the night with New Girl and The Mindy Project.
Which pilots do you think sound the best? What type of shows should FOX pick up? How will their fall schedule look this year?
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EDIT: FOX has picked up four new dramas for next season – Rake, Sleepy Hollow, Gang Related, and Human (now titled Almost Human). All other drama pilots are said to be dead.
EDIT (2): FOX ordered five new comedies for next season – Dads, Us & Them (formerly Friends & Family), Surviving Jack (formerly I Suck at Girls), Enlisted, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
EDIT (3): To My Assistant isn’t completely dead.
Who’s in it: Anthony LaPaglia, Felicity Huffman, Rosa Salazar, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Patrick Heusinger
What’s it about: A family who serve as assassins for the federal government Delirium
Who’s in it: Billy Campbell, Daren Kagasoff, Emma Roberts, Jeanine Mason, and Melinda McGraw
What’s it about: Based on Lauren Oliver’s book trilogy about a world where love – a.k.a. deliria – is deemed illegal and can be eradicated with a special procedure
Who’s in it: Jay Hernandez, RZA, Terry O’Quinn, Inbar Lavi, and Cliff Curtis
What’s it about: A gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department only to be caught between his crime family ties and an increasing sense of loyalty to his new brothers in blue
Who’s in it: Karl Urban, Lili Taylor, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, and Mackenzie Crook
What’s it about: Set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids
Who’s in it: Hilarie Burton, Gary Cole, Jessica Szohr, Richard T. Jones, and Tamsin Egerton
What’s it about: An Inspector with the U.S. Marshal Service who’s tasked with finding the person who stole a file with the secret identities of every member of the Witness Security Program
Who’s in it: Greg Kinnear, Miranda Otto, Necar Zadegan, Tara Summers, and David Harbour
What’s it about: A brilliant, but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer
Who’s in it: Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Tom Mison, Katia Winter, and John Cho
What’s it about: Modern-day take on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” which follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil
The Wild Blue
Who’s in it: Mykelti Williamson, Will Rothhar, Alano Miller, Josh Salatin, and Gina Rodriguez
What’s it about: The lives of the men and women on board the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington and her Strike Group of destroyers, cruisers and various tender ships
Who’s in it: Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, and Joe Lo Truglio
What’s it about: A diverse group of detectives in New York’s 191st Precinct
Who’s in it: Parker Young, Keith David, Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, and Angelique Cabral
What’s it about: Three very different brothers (Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young) working together in the Army at a small base in Florida
Friends & Family
Who’s in it: Alexis Bledel, Jason Ritter, Kurt Fuller, Jane Kaczmerak, and Kerri Keeney-Silver
What’s it about: Based on the U.K. series “Gavin & Stacey” about new lovers who try to maintain their relationship while combining their polarizing families’ lives
Who’s in it: Rob Riggle, Angela Kinsey, Tim Meadows, Brooke Sorenson, and River Alexander
What’s it about: A neurotic family with contempt for all things normal that tries their best to fit into their small Midwest town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns
I Suck at Girls
Who’s in it: Christopher Meloni, Claudia Lee, Kevin Hernandez, Tyler Foden, and Connor Buckley
What’s it about: The story of a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google
Who’s in it: Chris Klein and Erin Richards
What’s it about: Based on Nikki Joel’s tell-all blog about her marriage to top WME talent agent Brandt Joel of the same name
To My Assistant
Who’s in it: Jillian Bell, Brittany Snow, Catherine O’Hara, Stephen Root, and Tone Bell
What’s it about: The assistants at a big New York law firm who band together as a family to help each other cope with the obnoxious, overbearing bosses who test their sanity on a daily basis
Who’s in it: Mimi Kennedy, Ezequiel Stremiz, Jake Hoffman, and Kwlli Garner
What’s it about: A couple whose friends and family don’t think they are right for each other
Who’s in it: Seth Green, Vanessa Lachey, Brenda Song, Giovanni Ribisi, and Martin Mull
What’s it about: Two successful video game developers who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them