MAJOR UPDATE 11/3/12
New Pilot’s are being filmed in the USA right now from the likes of
Ryan Murphy (Glee), Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries) and Shondra
Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy). Here are a few of the highlights of the USA Pilot Season 2012.
A cosmopolitan woman gets married,
becomes a fish out of water in the suburbs having to juggle stepkids,
her mother-in-law and the ex wife of her husband, who also happens to be
the town sheriff.
Cast: Judy Greer (2 and a Half Men), Mimi Kennedy
Three aging sisters run their West Texas family diner together, with sibling dynamics always getting in the way.
Cast: Margo Martindale (A Gifted Man)
Dan Fogelman’s Untitled Alien Comedy
Centers on a
family that moves into a coveted New Jersey gated community only to
discover that the entire neighborhood is comprised of aliens disguised
Cast: Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz (The Lost Boys), Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Tim Jo
Newlyweds Annie (Mandy Moore) and Ben
get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in
Annie’s hometown bringing her closer to her needy and high-maintenance
Cast: Mandy Moore (Grey’s Anatomy), Majandra Delfino (Roswell)
How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life
a recently divorced single mom, moves in with her eccentric parents,
Elaine and Max, a couple who’s full of life but knows no bounds.
Cast: Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Elizabeth Perkins (Moonlight and Valentino) Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond)
After her “good ‘ol boy” rock star husband cheats on her and burns through most of their money, Reba divorces him and moves her three kids
and mom from Nashville to the only asset they have left—a little house
in Malibu. There she’ll try to reignite her own singing career and keep
herself and her three kids from being corrupted by the materialistic and rarified Malibu world she now calls home.
Cast: Reba McEntire (Reba)
Only Fools and Horses
Based on the British
format, the comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise
brothers and their aging grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally
questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become
Cast: John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge) Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future)
Neil, an uncool cubicle worker
(“prairie dog”) at one of the coolest companies in the world, is the
victim of identity theft. When he discovers the thief has created a
much more fulfilling, kick ass life with his identity than he ever has,
he engages the charismatic conman to help him change his life.
Cast: Kal Penn (How I met Your Mother), Michaela Watkins (Enlightened) Cary Elwes (Princess Bride)
The Smart One
A brilliant and successful woman
(Portia de Rossi) who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but
more popular sister — a former beauty queen, weather girl and now
Cast: Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development), Malin Akerman, Jean Smart (Designing Women), David Arquette (Scream)
Untitled Kari Lizer project
Pfeiffer-Dunne, a high powered executive who has dominated corporate
America for years, faces the biggest challenge of her life when she
finds herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two
Cast: Mary McCormack (The West Wing)
Untitled Adam Sztykiel project
A raw and hilarious peek behind the curtain of modern twentysomething relationships.
White Van Man
on the British format, revolves around a man who is forced to put his
dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from
Cast: Kyle Bornheimer, J.K. Simmons, Leah Remini (King of Queens)
666 Park Ave.
When a young couple accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings
in New York City, they unwittingly begin to experience supernatural
occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the
building. Based on the book by Gabriella Pierce.
Cast: Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Rachel Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) Vanessa Williams
A soap revolving around a legendary fashion designer and his family business.
Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace), Natalie Mendoza (Hotel Babylon)
Tiffany Hines (Nikita), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Christine Adams (Terra
Beauty and the Beast
A fantasy reimagining of the classic
fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world where a beautiful and
tough princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.
Aussie Meegan Warner (Paper Giants), F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus),
fellow Aussie Chris Egan, Darlus Campbell, Ruth Bradley and Monique
Based on the Mexican format, this
soap follows four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they
work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Cast: Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Judy Reyes (Scrubs) Susan Lucci
Gilded Lilys (Shondra Rhimes)
Revolves around the opening of the first luxury hotel in New York
in 1895 and the intermingling of love, treachery and disdain between
the classes set against a backdrop of vicious family rivalries,
scandalous secrets and conflict and co-mingling of the classes.
Blythe Danner (Will and Grace), Sarah Bolger, Madeline Zima (The Nanny)
Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) John Barrowman (Doctor Who)
After pursuing a seemingly unsolvable
case, a female cop discovers a magical world that exists within New York
City. A world that goes unseen by normal humans takes all of the
familiar N.Y. landmarks and reinvents them in a magical, otherworldly
The Last Resort
Centers on the crew of a U.S.
nuclear submarine who, after ignoring an order to fire nuclear missiles,
wind up being hunted and escape to a NATO outpost where they declare
themselves to be the world’s smallest nuclear nation.
Speedman (Felicity), Andre Braugher, Daisy Betts, Autumn Reeser, Daniel
Lissing, Camille de Pazzis, Max Adler (Glee) Jessy Schram (Falling
A family soap set against the backdrop
of the Nashville music scene revolving around one star at her peak and
another on the rise.
Cast: Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen (Home and Away) Robert Wisdom (Burn Notice) Hayden Panettiere (Heroes)
Based on the Dutch format, PENOZA centers
on the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her
husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family.
Cast: Radha Mitchell, Luke Goss (Bros – yes that 80′s group) and Lee Tergesen.
Untitled Roland Emmerich election drama
An astrophysics grad student in NYC learns that he is the chosen one to destroy the forces of evil.
Cast: Max Thieriot, Yaya DaCosta (Ugly Betty)
Based on the Judith Krantz novel, the
sexy soap is set in the late 1970s and follows a socialite who,
following her husband’s death, seeks to open a fashion-forward boutique
in the heart of Beverly Hills.
Cast: Claire Forlani (AntiTrust), Boris Kodjoe
A bizarre twist of fate pulls a man
who’s spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of
the most compelling conspiracies in human history.
Cast: Scott Michael Foster (Greek)
Twentysomething best friends
Evan and Rob move from their hometown of Bloomington, Ind., to L.A. to
begin their new lives working at Groupon. Evan has trouble breaking his
old slothful habits and rather than go out after work to explore L.A.
and meet new people, prefers to play online poker with his friends back home. Rob has different plans and is determined to drag Evan, kicking and screaming, along with him.
Cast: Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced)
A personal story of two lifelong friends and their business partners. Architects
Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their
romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage. When
Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend, Louis’ neurotic attempts
to be supportive nearly result in the breakup of his own relationship.
Cast: Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Michael Urie, David Krumholtz (Numb3rs)
Super Fun Night
Revolves around three nerdy female friends on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night.
Cast: Rebel Wilson (Pizza)
Untitled Dorf/Falcone project
Comedy series about
a 37-year-old man (Ben Falcone) who loses everything he has in the real
estate collapse and finds himself back at home in the house he grew up
in … with his parents.
Cast: Ben Falcone (Joey)
Untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti project
has a health scare and realizes Wendy, his best friend and business
partner of 15 years, is “the one.” Now he has to figure out how to break
it to her.
Cast: Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba)
Untitled Louis C.K., Spike Feresten
An ensemble comedy revolving around young people as they try to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times.
Untitled Nick Stoller
Loosely based on Stoller’s
real-life experiences, the ensemble revols around a gy who gets his
heart broken by his girlfriend and now must work one cubicle away from
her at an ad agency.
Cast: Michael Angarano (Will and Grace), Adam Campbell, Amanda Lund
Based on Ayelet Waldman’s Mommy Track
Mysteries series of books in which a former public defender becomes a
private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home
Baby Big Shot
A legal drama that centers on a
working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her more
polished colleagues at a top New York law firm.
Cast: Toni Trucks, Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives)
A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the famed detective now living in New York City.
Cast: Jonny Lee Miller (Dexter)
Untitled Wootton/Berlanti (previously Golden Boy)
Revolves around the making of a man and tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner.
Cast: Chi McBride (Boston Public), Kevin Alejandro (True Blood), Ryan Phillippe (Antitrust), Stella Maeve (The Runaways)
An edgy and independent millennial hacker girl teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes.
A common-sense mother-turned-New York state trooper.
Cast: Mira Sorvino – rumoured
Untitled Ralph Lamb
Period piece set in the 1960s centered on the true story of Ralph Lamb – rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas.
Cast: Carrie Anne Moss (Matrix), Dennis Quaid (InnerSpace) and Michael Chiklis (No Ordinary Family)
A decorated police detective
becomes a surrogate husband, lover and father to the families of three
partners lost in the line of duty.
What happens when you’re the most
ordinary family in the world but your father is the president of the
United States? A modern family-type of show set in the White House where
all the kids are far from perfect.
Cast: Josh Gad (Love and Other Drugs)
An office comedy revolving around a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but typically hates their owners.
Cast: Justin Kirk (Weeds)
Revolves around a young woman who
returns home from overseas to find her father in a serious relationship
with the “mean girl” from her high school.
Cast: Christine Woods (FlashForward), Nicky Whelan, Brenda Song (The Suite Life of Jack and Cody), Cedric Yarbrough
The proprietor of a mobile home
park serves as a surrogate mother to all the unique people who live
there in a challenging economy.
Cast: Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Roseanne), Romy Rosemont (Glee) and Mary Birdsong (Reno 911!)
Friday Night Dinner
An adaptation of the British
series that revolves around the Goodmans, a traditional Jewish family as
they observe Shabbat dinners in which twentysomething brothers Adam and
Jonny visit their parents.
Cast: Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Allison Janney (The West Wing), Kevin Bigley, Gil Ozeri, Aya Cash
An irreverent yet charming sportscaster
tries to move on from loss and finds solace from the members of his
mandatory group therapy sessions.
Cast: Julie White (Transformers), Matthew Perry (Friends)
Inspired by the French-Canadian series Le
Monde De Charlotte, a normal angry middle-class family wrestles with the
challenges of everyday life while raising a daughter with magical
Cast: Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River), Kevin Nealon (Weeds), Sophia Schloss, Abigail Mavity, Skyler Gisondo
Two friends, Nicole and Jen, who
lead vastly different lives. Nicole has a perfect family and
trouble-free pregnancy; while Jen has a strained relationship with her
family, trouble with men and gained weight while on a diet.
Cast: Josh Hopkins (CougarTown), Minnie Driver (The Riches), Andrea Anders
Next Caller Please
A gender comedy revolving around a brash alpha male DJ and his feminist co-host set in the office of a satellite radio station.
Cast: Collette Wolfe (Cougar Town) Dane Cook
The New Normal (Ryan Murphy)
Revolves around a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate for them as they grow their family.
Cast: Andrew Rannells, Ellen Barkin (Drop Dead Gorgeous)
The Sarah Silverman Project
around a woman readjusting to single life following a decadelong live-in
relationship. Loosely based on Silverman’s life.
Cast: Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), Harris Wittels, June Raphael, Tig Notaro, Ken Leung (Lost)
A woman who lets herself go in a broken marriage transforms into a version of herself and creates miracles along the way.
Cast: Anne Heche (Men In Trees), Alexandra Breckenridge, Michael Landes, Heather Burns, Madison Davenport
Untitled Hilary Winston
A shy and focused woman
leans on her co-workers in a bid to come out of her shell and plot
revenge after being dumped by her fiancé.
Cast: Aubrey Dollar
Untitled Jimmy Fallon
Three thirtysomething guys who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact that they haven’t grown up themselves.
Cast: Jesse Bradford (Outlaw), Anthony Anderson
Adapted from the long-running U.K.
series, follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women in a
federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host
of inmates — some mothers, some friends — who struggle with loyalties
to people on the inside and outside.
Cast: Jurnee Smollett (Friday Night Lights) Amy Smart (Shameless), Karolina Wydra (House)
An imaginative and thematically
rich ensemble “what-if” drama set 10 minutes in the future where
families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human
population — until some of the mechanicals begin to “awaken.”
James Murray (Coronation Street), Patrick Heusinger, Frances Conroy (Six
Feet Under), Andrea Parker, Jud Tylor, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Madisen
Beatey, Cody Christian, David Conrad, Tovah Feldshuh, Ernie Hudson
Action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department
Cast: Taylor Kinney (Vampire Diaries), Eamonn Walker
Revolves around the lives of a group of
young doctors, nurses and administrators in a frenetic underfunded and
morally compromising L.A. County hospital.
Cast: Jason Ritter (The Event), Aimee Garcia, Michael B. Jordan, Jess Weixler, Agam Darshi
Do No Harm
A brilliant neurosurgeon wrestles with
his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal
and processional life.
Cast: Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Alana De La Garza, Mousa Kraish, Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show)
Revolves around a group who follows their dreams and heads West from Missouri across the uncharted country in the 1840s.
Cast: Ethan Embry, Megan Ferguson, Jake McLaughlin, Bridget Regan, Al Weaver, Gina Bramhill, Erik Jensen
A thriller in which a female FBI
cult specialist begins to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a
group commune in Alaska who uncovers a larger conspiracy in the process.
Based on an Israeli format.
An opulent soap in which a female
detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in — as
the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who
was once her closest friend.
Cast: Victor Garber (Alias)
Follows a group of
characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world
where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.
Ben Fox Is My Manny
A single mother gets an
assist from her brother who moves in with her to help her raise her
baby. The title character is a heightened version of Fox’s brother, Ben
Cast: Maggie Jones (We Bought a Zoo), Echo Kellum, Abby Elliott (SNL)
El Jefe (aka The Boss)
Tossed out of his
Brentwood home, an affable but lost 30-year-old guy moves in with his
longtime Latin American nanny and goes head to head with her
strong-willed son and finds himself in a family and work life very
different than the ones he grew up in.
Cast: Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars)
The Goodwin Games
High-concept family comedy about a father who leaves his fortune to his three children — only if they agree to his terms.
Cast: Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) Scott Foley (Grey’s Anatomy)
Let It Go
Ensemble comedy about a married couple,
his best friend and her sister as they try to navigate, negotiate and
sometimes manipulate society’s unspoken rules.
Cast: Zachary Levi (Chuck)
Comedy centering on a father-son relationship, inspired by Lawrence’s real-life experience.
Cast: Colin Ferguson
A man learns he has a half-brother who happens to be an ex-con.
Cast: John Stamos (Full House), T.J. Miller, Rosa Salazar, Gillian Vigman, Izabela Vidovic
A partying blogger is forced to change career plans when he becomes a radio host.
Cast: Donald Sutherland (Dirty Sexy Money), Mike Vogel (Pan Am), Michael Marc Friedman
An uptight, young executive hires his
dad for an entry-level position and is shocked to discover that his new
hire is a disruptive office clown.
Based on the one-minute movies by Hank Perlman, a young boy genius uses his brains and brawn to get what ever he wants.
Cast: Mike O’Malley (Glee)
An uplifting comedy about a man
recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on
his pickup basketball team.
Cast: Malcolm Barrett (Southland), Hayes MacArthur, Aly Michalka (Hellcats)
Untitled Mindy Kaling comedy
A young Bridget Jones-type doctor tries to navigate her personal and professional lives.
Cast: Mindy Kaling (The Office), Ed Weeks
Spy drama that revolves around a female agent set in the New York office of the CIA.
Cast: Ali Larter (Heroes), Jamie Chung (Hangover Part 2)
Centers on a smart and ethically
questionable defense attorney who uses his unique methods to solve cases
he’s been banned from handling after he’s stripped of his license to
practice law after being falsely convicted of fraud.
Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr (Jerry McGuire), Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted)
Untitled Karyn Usher project
orphaned 17-year-old daughter of a CIA operative encounters a mysterious
rogue agent/assassin who serves as both her surrogate father and
professional mentor in the spy world.
Cast: Saxon Sharbino, Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Angela Bassett(alias)
Untitled Kevin Williamson serial killer drama
thriller revolving around a diabolical serial killer who uses technology
to create a cult of serial killers and the FBI agent who finds himself
in the middle of it.
Cast: Kevin Bacon (Footloose), James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Valorie Curry, Raylan Givens (Justified), JeananneGossen (Alcatraz)
Untitled Josh Berman medical drama
A young female
thoracic surgeon who becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia is
forced to moonlight as a “mob doctor” while also working full-time at
Chicago’s most prominent hospital.
Cast: Jordana Spiro (Dexter)
Based on the DC Comics title, published by
DC Entertainment, this hourlong drama is a modern retelling of the
legendary DC Comics character Green Arrow.
Cast: Stephen Amell (Private Practice), David Ramsey (Dexter), Susanna Thompson, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland
Beauty and the Beast
Loosely based on Beauty and the Beast series from the 1980s, this is a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.
Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Austin Basis
The Carrie Diaries
Based on the novel by Candace
Bushnell, a young Carrie Bradshaw comes of age in the 1980s, asking her
first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring
the worlds of high school and Manhattan.
Cast: Stefania Owen (The Lovely Bones) Freema Aggeman (Doctor Who)
An inquisitive, young female production
assistant on a wildly popular television show joins a journalist blogger
in investigating the show’s rabid fans. Together, the duo finds the
fans might be recreating crime scenes from the show in their real lives
– behavior that has lead to a rash of disappearances and a likely
Cast: Jessica Lucas (90210), Alona Tal, Robert Knepper (Prison Break)
Logline: Glad to leave her nerdy past
behind for a fresh start in the adult professional world, a newly minted
doctor discovers that, sadly and comically, life at the hospital where
she works is no different than high school.
Based on the Israeli format Danny
Hollywood. In this romantic-time-travel-musical, a documentary
filmmaker travels back in time to the 1990’s where she meets and falls
in love with the rock star subject of her film. When she unexpectedly
returns to present day, she must find her way back to the past to
reunite with her love and prevent his untimely death.
Cast: Aussie Craig Horner, Amber Stevens (Greek)
Drama set at an historic New England
summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical,
emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating
friendships, rivalries and romances of their own.
Based on the forthcoming series of
books by Kiera Cass, The Selection is an epic romance set 300 years in
the future which centers on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery
to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn
nation at a crossroads.
This post will update – last updated 11/03/12