About a Boy
From: Jason Katims (writer/producers, Parenthood)
Plot: 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.
From: Leslye Headland (writer, Bachelorette)
Plot: 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.
From: Alex Schemmer (actor, Community)
Plot: 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.
From: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith (writers/producers, The King of Queens)
Plot: 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
Ken Marino, star of the NBC pilot The Gates
Girlfriend in a Coma
From: Liz Birxius (co-creator, Nurse Jackie) and Dick Wolf (creator, Law & Order)
Plot: 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.
From: Justin Spitzer (writer/producer, The Office)
Plot: Ensemble comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash.
Joe, Joe and Jane
From: Joe Port (writer/producer, Just Shoot Me) and Joe Wiseman (writer, New Girl)
Plot: 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), Larry Wilmore (Daily Show)
From: Adam Sztykiel (writer, Due Date) and Bill Lawrence (creator, Cougar Town)
Plot: A young ensemble centering on a group of friends dubbed the “Undateables” whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world.
Untitled DJ Nash Project
From: DJ Nash (writer/producer, Up All Night) and Jason Bateman
Plot: A son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce.
Untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick Comedy
From: Robert Padnick (writer, The Office) and Greg Daniels (writer/producer, The Office)
Plot: Revolves around the trials and tribulations of dating in your 20s as told through a group of friends.
Untitled Jessica Simpson Comedy
From: Robin Bakay (writer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and Nick Bakay (writer, Paul Blart: Mall Cop)
Plot: A comedy loosely based on Simpson’s life.
Cast: Jessica Simpson
Could Jessica Simpson be coming to a TV near you this fall?
Untitled John Mulaney/Lorne Michaels Comedy
From: John Mulaney (writer/producer, Saturday Night Live) and Lorne Michaels
Plot: An ensemble comedy that is created, written by and starring stand-up comedian John Mulaney based loosely on his life.
Cast: John Mulaney
Untitled Owen Ellickson & Craig Robinson Comedy
From: Owen Ellickson (writer/producer, The Office), Greg Daniels and Craig Robinson
Plot: 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
Untitled Sean Hayes Project
From: Victor Fresco (creator, Better Off Ted)
Plot: 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
Welcome to the Family
From: Mike Sikowitz (writer/producer, Rules of Engagement)
Plot: 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.
From: Game Sachs, Jeff Judah (writers/producers, 90210)
Plot: An ensemble medical show following Army doctors working the late shift at a San Antonio Hospital.
Cast: Brigid Brannagh, Eoin Macken, Freddy Rodriguez, Jeananne Goossen, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Robert Bailey Jr.
From: Alfonso Cuaron (director, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Mark Freindman (creator, The Forgotten) and J.J. Abrams
Plot: An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Will Believe be another hit for Star Wars’ J.J. Abrams?
From: Jon Bokenkamp (writer, Perfect Stranger) and John Eisendrath (writer/producer, Alias)
Plot: The world’s most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newl- minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection.
From: David Granziano (writer/producer, Awake & Terra Nova) and Peter Berg (creator, Friday Night Lights)
Plot: A contemporary pulp thriller that revolves around an orphaned young girl named Bird Benson, who because of an accident of birth is caught in the struggle between two warring families of mercenaries and killers. Mentored by a Chinese man, Bird has to accept the quest to find and defeat her mother in mortal combat if she is to ever lead a normal life.
Hatfields & McCoys
From: John Glenn (writer, Eagle Eye) and Charlize Theron
Plot: Set in present-day Pittsburgh, a startling death reignites the feud between these two legendary families. Unleashing decades of resentment, the blue-collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city.
I Am Victor
From: Mark Goffman (writer/producer, White Collar) and Katie Jacobs (writer/director, House)
Plot: Based on author Jo Nesbo’s upcoming book, the drama is described as House revolving around a high-powered divorce attorney named Victor Port with a unique view of relationships.
The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
From: Sascha Penn (producer, Imagination Movers) and Jerry Burckheimer
Plot: A drama about a murder in suburban California and the secrets exposed in its aftermath.
Cast: James Tupper, Jesse L. Martin, Laura Allen, Martin Henderson, Nicole Ari Parker, Olivia Luccardi, Perry Reeves
The Sixth Gun
From: Ryan Condal (writer, Hercules: The Thracian Wars) and Carlton Cuse (producer/writer, Lost)
Plot: Based on the best-selling Oni Press graphic novel, this supernatural Western follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers.
Untitled Rand Ravich Project
From: Rand Ravich (creator, Life) and Far Shariat (writer/producer, Life)
Plot: When Washington’s most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.
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