Fall pilot contenders

March 29, 2007 at 11:44 pm | Posted in Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, TV News, Veronica Mars | 14 Comments

We’ve got a month to go before the May upfronts, but the networks have already presented some pilots to media buyers. Here’s a rundown of some contenders, organized by network:


Action News: Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, also starring Fred Willard (yay!) and poor dead Billy from Battlestar Galactica. Grammer plays a hot shot news anchor whose career goes down the drain and ends up back at his former local news station with Heaton, his old co-anchor. In a TV first, they will share a tempestuous love-hate relationship. Aw, I kid. This sounds pretty cute.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Lena Headey plays Sarah Connor. She is very pretty. Basically, this picks up where Terminator 2: Judgment Day leaves off. John Connor’s played by that Zach kid from Heroes.

The Apostles: About cops or something. Both the cast and the description makes me yawn.

Canterbury’s Law: Julianna Margulies is a rebellious defense attorney. Eh.

The Cure: Oded Fehr (the Egyptian guy from The Mummy who wasn’t the Mummy), Esai Morales and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon are doctors, but they’re like radical guerilla doctors raging against the machine.

The CW

Gossip Girl: I hate it when a CW pilot looks good, because that means it might bump Veronica Mars off the schedule. Anyway, this one features Carrie Bishop (Leighton Meester) from Veronica Mars and other pretty no-names in a fancy Manhattan rich kid school. I love a good rich kid high school drama, and actually, that Meester girl is really talented, so … dammit.

Wild at Heart: Brett Cullen has been everywhere lately (Lost, Tim’s dad on Friday Night Lights, that Beau-Mart guy on Ugly Betty), and now he’s a veterinarian who moves to a game reserve in South Africa with his undoubtedly brooding kids.

Dash 4 Cash: Jonathan Chase (murder suspect Josh from Veronica Mars) and a bunch of nobodies star in a fake racing reality show. Could be a lot of fun.

Aliens in America: Two teenagers, one Muslim, one Whitey, engage in some sort of wacky hijinks.

Reaper: A slacker becomes the devil’s bounty hunter. Seriously.


CBS didn’t meet with buyers, but two possibilities:

I’m in Hell: Stars Jason Biggs (remember him? American Pie, anyone?) as a Wall Street type who dies, then gets sent back to live life as a schlub.

Twilight: Amber Valetta, Rade Serbedzija (Eurotrip and tons of other stuff) and others in a show about a vampire private investigator. So basically, Angel.


The only project mentioned in the article is the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff (tentatively titled “Private Practice,” ew), but I wanted to highlight at least one other project …

Untitled Jon Feldman Project (a.k.a. Bedrooms & Boardrooms): Michael Vartan, Dylan McDermott, Josh Malina and Christopher Titus star. What a fantastic cast! A bunch of male CEOs who gossip Sex and the City-style. Vartan’s the lead, naturally. Dylan’s a “cosmetics CEO who can’t resist sex with his age-defying ex-wife,” just like Dr. Cox from Scrubs. Josh Malina’s a cheater. Titus is totally whipped by his wife (I’m giggling just thinking about this one). If this isn’t on ABC’s fall schedule … well, then it probably sucks, but it can’t suck! It’s got Vartan!



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  1. I am only interested in the ABC’s pilot with Michael Vartan I am really hoping that one gets picked up. Gee if its a toss between the Grey Anatomy spin off and Michael Vartan well I will chose MV any day. Who cares about Greys Anatomy or a spin off – I don’t, I tried watching that show and didn’t think much of it so a Greys Anatomy spin off, ‘what on earth for’ I say.

  2. I agree completely — I’d much rather have Michael Vartan back on TV than the continuing adventures of Addison Montgomery-Shepherd. That being said, I think there’s room for both on the fall schedule. There’s no way Six Degrees is sticking around, and The Nine isn’t coming back.

  3. The Apostles has an amazing cast and a very intereting plot. I really hope Fox picks it up.
    It has all the elements that we want to see. We need this kind of soapy, mystery plots to take away our daily stress.

    Keeping finger crossed for The Apostles.

  4. I’m really excited about seeing Michael Vartan back on tv. Alias used him badly at the end and never realized how many people tuned in to see him and not its star. Frankly, I’d see any movie he’s in, buy the dvd, and faithfully watch a show he’s in.
    Bring him on, ABC.

  5. I hear the Apostles will be the new Desperate Housewives for the guys….same producers.
    Can’t wait!!!

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