What to Expect From Pilots for Network TV’s 2012-13 Season (Part 2)

What to Expect From Pilots for Network TV’s 2012-13 Season (Part 1)

Okay, so there have been several canceled shows—thank God—since I last posted. Part 2, then, is pretty much an update on all of my previous pilot posts. I’ve crossed out the shows that have been nixed on the CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, and The CW posts. Pending new shows that make the cut and some of these that may fall apart by Fall, here’s a look at all the pilots across all networks.

  • CBS




Friend Me – Two friends move from Indiana to Los Angeles to work at GroupOn

Created by: Alan Kirschenbaum (“Yes, Dear”) and Ajay Sahgal

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Cast: Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicholas Braun

Partners – Architects (and lifelong friends) Charlie and Louis form a new partnership

Created by: David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (both “Will & Grace”)

Directed by: James Burrows

Cast: David Krumholtz, Michael Urie



Made in Jersey (Previously “Baby Big Shot”) – A lawyer uses her street smarts to have a competitive edge against her colleagues.

Created by: (writer) Dana Calvo (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”)

Directed by: TBD

Cast: Janet Montgomery, Stephanie March, Toni Trucks

*I hinted in my last post that the main character with street smarts is a minority, but in actuality Toni Trucks plays a side character. Janet Montgomery will lead the cast. My bad, guys.

Elementary – A modernization of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries

Created by: (writer) Rob Doherty

Directed by: Michael Cuesta

Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

Golden Boy – A man tracks down a cop’s surprising rise to police commissioner

Created by: (writer) Nicholas Wootton (“Prison Break”)

Directed by: Richard Shepard

Cast: Al Sapienza, Kevin Alejandro

Vegas – Ex-cowboy Ralph Lamb becomes a sheriff in 1960s Las Vegas

Created by: (writer) Greg Walker (“The X-Files,” “Smallville”)

Directed by: James Mangold

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Carrie-Anne Moss

  • NBC


1600 Penn  – A look into the presidential family that resides at the White House

Created by: (writers) Josh Gad, Jon Lovett, Jason Winer

Directed by: Jason Winer

Cast: Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman

Animal Practice (Animal Kingdom) – A veterinarian loves the animals he treats but despises their owners

Created by: (writers) Alessandro Tanaka, Brian Gatewood

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Cast: Tyler Labine, Justin Kirk

Go On – A sportscaster feels like he has lost it all until he grows closer with his group therapy members

Created by: Scott Silveri (“Friends” – writer, “Joey” – creator)

Directed by: TBD

Cast: Matthew Perry, Tonita Castro

Guys With Kids – Three “adult” males deal with parenthood

Created by: (writer) Charlie Grandy (“The Office,” “Saturday Night Live”)

Directed by: Scott Ellis

Cast: Sarah Rue, Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Jamie-Lynn Sigler

The New Normal – A look into a gay couple and the surrogate who will help expand their family

Created by: Ryan Murphy (“Glee”)

Directed by: Ryan Murphy

Cast: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells

Next Caller – Battle of the sexes between cohosts at a radio station

Created by: (writer) Stephen Falk (“Weeds”)

Directed by: Marc Buckland

Cast: Dane Cook, Collette Wolf

Save Me – Following an almost fatal accident, a woman believes she can channel God and perform miracles

Created by: John Scott Shepherd

Directed by: Scott Winant

Cast: Anne Heche, Michael Landes, Alexandra Breckenridge


Chicago Fire – A look into the men and women who work at a Chicago fire department

Created by: Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (both – Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma,2 Fast 2 Furious)

Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Cast: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

*More info here.

Do No Harm – A doctor must deal with his alter ego before it begins to ruin his personal and professional life

Created by: (writers) David Schulner (“The Event”) and Gina Wendkos (Coyote Ugly, The Princess Diaries)

Directed by: Michael Mayer

Cast: Steven Pasquale, Alana de la Garza

Infamous – A detective returns to her past life (as the daughter of a maid) to uncover her childhood friend

Created by: Liz Heldens (“Boston Public,” “Friday Night Lights”)

Directed by: TBD

Cast: Meagan Good, Christopher Denham, Tom Lipinski

Revolution – People struggle to connect in a world with no energy

Created by: J.J. Abrams (“Lost”)

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Cast: Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, Andrea Roth

  • FOX


The Goodwin Games – Three siblings deal with an inheritance their dad just left them

Created by: (writers) Chris Harris, Carter Bays, and Craig Thomas (all – “How I Met Your Mother”)

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Cast: Becki Newton, Scott Foley

Ben and Kate – A man helps his sister raise her child

Created by: (writer) Dana Fox (The Wedding Date, What Happens in Vegas)

Directed by: TBD

Cast: Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson

Mindy – An OB-GYN doctor tries to balance her work and personal life with her coworkers

Created by: Mindy Kaling (“The Office”)

Directed by: TBD

Cast: Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Ed Helms

*Check out Christina’s thoughts on this pilot watch.


I have high expectations for this one

The Following – An ex-FBI agent looks for serial killers’ cult leader

Created by: Kevin Williamson (Scream, “The Vampire Diaries”)

Directed by: Marcos Siega

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, Maggie Grace

*I’m keeping my eye out on this one.

The Mob Doctor – A surgeon at a prominent hospital in Chicago is forced to work in the mafia

Created by: Josh Berman (“Drop Dead Diva”) and Rob Wright (“Charmed,” “Las Vegas” – writer)

Directed by: Michael Dinner

Cast: Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe

*I’m keeping my eye out on this one.

  • ABC


How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life – A divorced mom moves back in with her parents

Created by: (writer) Claudia Lonow (“Less Than Perfect,” “Accidentally on Purpose”)

Directed by: Julie Ann Robinson

Cast: Elizabeth Perkins, Brad Garrett, Orlando Jones

Malibu Country – After a painful divorce, a woman moves from Nashville to Malibu with her kids

Created by: (writer) Kevin Abbott (“Reba,” “Roseanne”)

Directed by: Josh Pasquin

Cast: Reba McEntire, Sara Rue, Lily Tomlin

Family Tools – A man puts his dreams on hold to run his family business

Created by: Bobby Bowman (“Yes, Dear”) and Adrian Poynton

Directed by: Michael Fresco

Cast: J.K. Simmons, Leah Remini

Down to Earth – A family moves to New Jersey and discover that their neighbors are aliens

Created by: (writer) Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love)

Directed by: Chris Koch

Cast: Jamie Gertz, Doug Jones


666 Park Ave – A mid-western couple moves to NYC to manage a property and discovers it has supernatural powers

Created by: David Wilcox (“Law and Order,” “Fringe”)

Directed by: Alex Graves

Cast: Vanessa Williams, Terry O’Quinn

Last Resort – A submarine crew makes up their own nation with nuclear power

Created by: (writers) Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and Karl Gajdusek (“Dead Like Me”)

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Cast: Scott Speedman, Robert Patrick

Nashville – A country star at her peak is forced to collaborate with a rising young star

Created by: Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise)

Directed by: R.J. Cutler

Cast: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Jackson

Red Widow – A widow is forced to take over her late mafia husband in order to protect her family

Created by: Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, “Dexter”)

Directed by: Mark Pellington

Cast: Rhada Mitchell, Luke Goss

Zero Hour – A man is caught up in a conspiracy after his wife is kidnapped

Created by: Paul Scheuring (“Prison Break”)

Directed by: Pierre Morel

Cast: Anthony Edwards

*I’m keeping my eye out on this one.

The CW


Arrow – A modernization the DC Comic’s “Green Arrow”

Created by: Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern”), Marc Guggenheim (“Green Lantern”), and Andrew Kreisberg (“Boston Legal,” “Warehouse 13”)

Directed by: David Nutter

Cast: Steven Arnell, Paul Blackthorne

Beauty and the Beast – A modernization of the hit CBS series from the 80s

Created by: (writers) Sherri Cooper (“Everwood,” “Brothers and Sisters”) and Jennifer Levin (“Brothers and Sisters”)

Directed by: Gary Fleder

Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Brian White

The Carrie Diaries – Carrie Bradshaw as a senior in high school

Created by: Amy Harris (“Sex and the City,” “Gossip Girl” -writer)

Directed by: Miguel Arteta

Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Matt Letscher

Carrie’s sexual adventures pre-college

Cult – A production assistant investigates disappearances that all link back to the television show she is working on

Created by: (writer) Rockne S. O’Bannon (“The Twilight Zone”)

Directed by: Jason Ensler

Cast: Matthew Davis, Jessica Lucas

First Cut – A med student sees similarities between the social atmosphere in her new job at the hospital and high school

Created by: Jennie Snyder (“Gilmore Girls,” “90210”)

Directed by: TBD

Cast: Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley

What are you excited for come next fall?

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