The 2013 Fall Pilots Look Halfway Decent

Categories: Film and TV


About a Boy
Logline: An adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel and the 2002 Hugh Grant feature film, it follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in next door with his crazy, single mother.
Team: W/EP Jason Katims (Parenthood), EP Michelle Lee
Studio: Universal Television, True Jack Productions, Working Title Productions, Tribeca Productions
Format: Single-camera
This barely worked as a movie (fight me now if you so desire). We don't need this as a weekly television show.

Logline: Based on Leslye Headland's play of the same name, the female-fronted comedy revolves around Nora, an idealistic assistant who attempts to find balance in her life while juggling the demands of a larger-than-life boss. The project is described as a fast-moving comedy centered on an idealistic "working girl" assistant who is pulled between her colleague ("work husband") and her real life fiancé while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss.
Team: W/EP Leslye Headland (Bachelorette); EP Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Owen Burke
Studio: Universal Television, Gary Sanchez Productions
Format: Single-camera
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are involved so I have to give it a thumbs up.

Donor Party
Logline: The ensemble comedy, in "new normal fashion," is focused on an irresponsible man forced to grow up when he discovers he has children resulting from his days as a sperm donor. A new family unit develops when a single mom contacts him and he begins to have a relationship with her and the son he never knew he had.
Team: W/EP Alex Schemmer (Community); EP Geyer Kosinski (Magic City)
Studio: Universal Television, Lionsgate, Media Talent Group
Format: Single-camera
I liked The Kids Are Alright too. I just wouldn't have thought it would make a good sitcom. But I have been proven wrong before.

The Gates
Logline: Based on the British comedy of the same name, Gates revolves around the parents and staff who navigate the twice-daily social landmine that exists at the school drop-off gates of an elementary school.
Cast: Ken Marino, Aasif Mandvi, Diana Maria Riva, John Grisetti, Justin Chon, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Christina Kirk, Kylie Rogers
Team: W/EP Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith ('Til Death, The King of Queens); EPs Aaron Kaplan
Studio: 20th Television, Kapital Entertainment, Feelgood Fiction
Format: Single-camera
I want to watch this now.

Girlfriend in a Coma
Logline: After almost two decades, a 34-year-old woman wakes up from a coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold. (Single)
Team: EP/W: Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie); EP Dick Wolf, Danielle Gelber
Studio: Universal Television, Wolf Films
Format: Single-camera
So like Encino Man but with Facebook and cell phone jokes. Next.

Holding Patterns
Logline: Ensemble comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash.
Team: EP/W: Justin Spitzer (The Office); EP Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan
Studio: Universal Television, TBD Productions
Format: Multicamera
Lost but a sitcom. I'll bite.

Joe, Joe and Jane
Logline: The semi-autobiographical project centers on a conflict-avoidant children's book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife (Army Wives' Sally Pressman) and his co-author/best friend; it's not about a couple, it's about a "trouple."
Cast: Sally Pressman (Army Wives)
Team: W/EP Joe Port, Joe Wiseman (New Girl)
Studio: 20th Television
Format: Multicamera
It's not about a couple, it's about "trouple?" Who allows these things to happen?

Logline: A young ensemble centering on a group of friends dubbed the "Undateables" whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world.
Team: W/EP Adam Sztykiel (Due Date); EP Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Doozer Productions
Format: Multicamera
Oh you poor "undateables," not only does no one want to take you out to Chilli's on a Friday night but also your show will be canceled in three episodes.

Untitled DJ Nash
Logline: A son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother's newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce.
Team: EP/W: DJ Nash (Up All Night); EP Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente
Studio: Universal Television, Aggregate Films
Format: Single-camera
This sounds so unfunny that it might just be crazy enough to work!

Untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick comedy
Logline: Revolves around the trials and tribulations of dating in your 20s as told through a group of friends.
Team: W/EP Robert Padnick (The Office); EP Greg Daniels, Tracy Katsky, Howard Klein
Studio: Universal Television, Deedle Dee Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment
Format: Single-camera
Isn't this show called How I Met Your Mother?

Untitled Jessica Simpson comedy -- (pilot presentation)
Logline: A comedy loosely based on Simpson's life.
Cast: Jessica Simpson
Team: W/EP Robin Bakay, Nick Bakay (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, 'Till Death); EP Ben Silverman, Joe Simpson, co-EP Jimmy Fox
Studio: Universal Television, Electus
Format: Single-camera
No. No. No. No. No.

Untitled John Mulaney/Lorne Michaels comedy
Logline: An ensemble comedy that is created, written by and starring stand-up comedian John Mulaney based loosely on his life.
Cast: John Mulaney
Team: W/EP John Mulaney; EP Lorne Michaels; Andrew Singer; Dave Becky; David Miner
Studio: Universal Television, Broadway Video, 3 Arts
Format: Multicamera
This will be bad I'm sure, but you have to give it a chance because it's Lorne Michaels.

Untitled Michael J. Fox comedy -- ordered straight to series
Logline: Inspired by the former Family Ties actor's life, Fox stars as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career and challenges -- including Parkinson's disease -- as he goes back to work as a news anchor.
Cast: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Katie Finneran (Wonderfalls), Wendell Pierce (Treme), Ana Nogueira, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore
Team: W/EP Sam Laybourne, EP Richard Schwartz, EP/D Will Gluck
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Olive Bridge
Format: Single-camera
Location: New York
I want so much for this to be good for Michael J. Fox. It just sounds depressing as all hell. But he has proven us all wrong before. Teen Wolf also sounded really disturbing when it first came out.

Untitled Owen Ellickson & Craig Robinson comedy
Logline: Centers on a talented musician (The Office's Craig Robinson) who adjusts to his new life as a middle school music teacher, where he maneuvers precocious kids, teacher politics and the temptations of single moms.
Cast: Craig Robinson
Team: W/EP Owen Ellickson (The Office); EP Greg Daniels, Tracy Katsky, Howard Klein, Mark Schulman, P Craig Robinson
Studio: Universal Television, Deedle-Dee Productions, 3 Arts
Format: Single-camera
I love Craig Robinson from The Office. He is probably the funniest current cast member. I will give this one a shot.

Untitled Sean Hayes
Logline: Centers on Sean (Hayes), a guy who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter -- who just moved in -- while juggling a temperamental new boss at work.
Cast: Sean Hayes
Team: W/EP Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted); EP Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner
Studio: Universal Television, Hazy Mills
Format: Multicamera
Sean Hayes can only play one character on television, sorry bro.

Welcome to the Family
Logline: Cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. (Single camera)
Team: W/EP Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement)
Studio: Sony Pictures Television
Format: Single-camera
This doesn't sound funny at all. It sounds like a commercial for Planned Parenthood.

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What a parade of horribles.  My money is on the British remakes.  They have bested Hollywood in the writing department for decades now.

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