2013 TV Pilot Guide – What Would You Watch?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:10 am,

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Now that television has become a more mature and popular medium, it’s time to take viewers deeper inside the television creation process. And what better way to kick things off than to take a look at television pilots each network has picked to potentially fill their 2013-2014 programming schedule?

76 television pitches have been selected to film their pilots - in hopes of being one of the few to make it to air - while less than 20 will actually receive a series order. Below you’ll find a veritable treasure trove of Hollywood talent, from J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci to Will Ferrell and Charlize Theron, who are all vying for the highly coveted – and extremely limited – network timeslots.

Although the networks’ official selections won’t be announced until May, and viewers’ input or opinions mean absolutely nothing to the actual selection process, let’s see if it’s possible to pick out the potential winners before the networks make their picks.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the pilot orders:

ABC – 14 pilots (7 comedies; 7 dramas)
CBS -  16 pilots (9 comedies;  7 dramas)
CW – 8 pilots (all dramas)
Fox – 13 pilots (7 comedies; 12 dramas)
NBC – 24 pilots (15 comedies; 9 dramas)

As you check out the list of pilots below, make sure to note which network the show would be on (to judge tone and potential appeal); who is actually behind the show (whose vision is being followed for the story); and what the the intended plot is. Most importantly, make sure to vote for the shows you’d actually watch.

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How the Hell Am I Normal?
From: Adam F. Goldberg (creator, Breaking In)
Plot: A dysfunctional Wonder Years set in the simpler times of the 1980s, inspired by Adam F. Goldberg’s childhood.

From: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (writers, The Hangover)
Plot: A high-concept single-camera comedy from the writers behind The Hangover set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar chronicling the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night.

From: Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (writer, Bad Teacher)
Plot: The story of three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.

From: Simeon Goulden (creator, Spy (UK))
Plot: Based on the British series of the same name, a well-intentioned father of a highly-intelligent and verbal son, who also happens to be his complete opposite, inadvertently takes a job at the secret service in order to prove himself a worthy father.
Cast: Rob Corddry

rob corddry abc pilot 2013 TV Pilot Guide   What Would You Watch?Rob Corddry, star of the ABC pilot Spy, on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital.

Super Fun Night
From: Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) and Conan O’Brien
Plot: Revolves around three nerdy female friends on a “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night.
Cast: Rebel Wilson, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira

Trophy Wife
From: Emily Halpern (writer, Private Practice) and Sarah Haskins
Plot: A reformed party girl finds herself with an instant family when she falls in love with a man who has three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.
Cast: Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales, Ryan Lee

The Untitled Cullens Project
Team: Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen (writers, Las Vegas)
Plot: When Terry Gannon, a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s underdog little league team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
Cast: James Caan



From: David Zabel (producer, ER)
Plot: A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.

From: David Shore (creator, House)
Plot: A former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife.

From: Kyle Killen (creator, Awake)
Plot: Provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.

kyle killen abc pilot 2013 TV Pilot Guide   What Would You Watch?After Lone Star and Awake, will Kyle Killen find a new home at ABC?

Killer Women
Hannah Shakespeare (writer, The Raven)
Plot: It’s hard to fit in when you’re the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, but that doesn’t stop Molly Parker — our ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas.

The Returned
Aaron Zelman (writer/producer, The Killing)
Plot: What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.

From: Joss Whedon (writer/director, The Avengers)
Plot: Based on Marvel Comics’ secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency’s moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.
Cast: Ming-Na, Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet

From: Byron Balasco (writer/producer, Without a Trace) and McG
Plot: A soap about the haves and the have-not’s of California’s most seductive city, Venice. The drama will focus on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice.

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  1. None of them except for maybe S.H.I.E.L.D.

    I watched Justified, TWD and Big Bang. Thats it. Nothing on that list appears to be interesting to me.

    • Check out Breaking Bad. That’s the only thing on here interesting to me too, and I watch way more, I ditched Big Bang this year, not funny anymore in my opinion. Check out How I met your mother too, also maybe a little Family Guy here and there, get a glimpse of comedy that stays in shows.

      • Sorry I watch Family guy on occasion (netflix) the humor would grow old for me after a bit. I dont watch the new stuff.

        Breaking Bad I also Nflix but had to stop cause now my wife wants to watch.

        Same with HIMYM I just dont like watching it ‘live’ so to speak I get distracted, im lots busy and go out of country a bit.

        However I always make it a point to DVR/Watch Justified and TWD within the week it airs.

        Big Bang I catch in 3 block reruns on TBS(?) so there is that too.

  2. I’d definitely watch “Spy”

  3. And how many will be cancelled before they get to have a decent ending? Judging by past history of American TV, almost all.

    The open-ended series model is a dismal failure. I’m tired of getting involved in show after show only to see it either cancelled.

    It’d be much better it they’d bring back the miniseries format as the main model, where the creators are forced to give us a proper ending.

    • I dont agree with most people around here but you sir (or mam) are 100% correct.

      My wife is Spanish so she watches Spanish soaps. I was questioning here how she can watch so many but hadnt realized they actually would end.

      I wish more US shows would do that.

    • Totally right !
      Wasting our time as if its nothing to them !
      Already really careful with investing my evenings into anything anymore as i expect it to be axed !

    • I also agree. For the past few years my DVD/Blue ray purchases have dropped. I won’t buy a series without an ending or at least make it past the Fifth season curse that seems to be the kill point for FOX and the SIFFY Channel.

  4. Big time shield and Beverly Hills cop

    • +1

    • HELL TO THE MOFO YIZZZZZZZZZZZEAAAAAAAHHHHHH ON “THE SHEILD” Vick Mackey is the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I would watch…none of these. I don’t watch anything on those trash TV channels anymore. With the exeption of Community on NBC. Let’s see what’s new on Showtime, FX, AMC or HBO.

    • Community turned to trash in season 3.

  6. Not to much seemed interesting except S.H.I.E.L.D. If I watch any others it will be when they turn up on Amazon Prime, or Netflix.

  7. Lots of “Meh” premises, some of which are downright rip-offs (The Returned sounds like The 4400 and The Selection brings The Hunger Games to mind, for example). The Tomorrow People has potential but sounds too familiar as well.

    I gotta say that only SHIELD really grabs my attention, and I’m even on the fence on that one, because of the whole question of superheroes making guest appearances on the show or not.

    • They would have no choice but to bring superheroes into the show, sooner or later.

  8. Most of these shows sound awful. The only ones i’ll check out are SHIELD, beverly hills cop & believe. What’s with all these medical shows, detective shows & lawyers shows though. Cable is the place where you can watch sex addicts, meth dealers, zombies, serial killers who kill serial killers & biker gangs i guess.

  9. I don’t really think any of them sound good, & I wouldn’t want to watch anything on FOX any way. They cancel everything that is even remotely decent.

  10. For any NBC executives out there, I have to state the obvious. Jessica Simpson? Really? Come on! Seriously? Are you trying to stay in last place?

    And if Beverley Hills Cop is successful. What will the 2014 pilot season bring? Back to the Future? Caddyshack? Gremlins? Ghostbusters? Spaceballs? Ferris Bueller? Oh the possibilities! 8)

    • Seems like any one who has the semblance of an idea for a show can get NBC to order a pilot. Other than “Believe” all those other shows are terrible on NBC.

    • I think theres already been a Ferris Bueller tv show… somewhere in the 90′s

      • Wow. I just looked that up. I had no idea that existed. Thank you

      • And Back to the Future and Ghostbusters had cartoons.

        • Yeah, but those don’t count. This is prime time pilots!

  11. S.H.I.E.L.D baby! Absolutely!

  12. The only one that sounds interesting to me is SHIELD but that’s about it. I was hoping for someone to bring another version of AHS but one that would push the boundries but alas that has not happened. I am excited though to check out Bates Hotel(I think that’s what it’s called). Other than AHS there hasn’t really been that “horror” themed series and TWD is not horror. It’s a drama series. They all seem to be cop(detective), lame comedies, or medical based series. I want to see what the line up for potential new series for FX, HBO, Starz, AMC, TNT, TBS, and Showtime will be. I tend to like the series on those channels more than the ABC, CBS, Fox, and so on.

    • *Bates Motel

  13. shield.
    ill torrent the others.

  14. I think they should make a show where they have more than just Avengers, I’m talking Superman, Iron Man, Batman, and yes, I know some are signed on to different companies (like Wolverine is to Fox) but if they get a GREAT plot, im sure the companies would immediately say “Hell yes!”

  15. The tomorrow people, The hundred, and SHIELD are the best on here… Hope Sheild is better than the movie though, didn’t bother to read the description so I doubt Jackson OR ANYONE is gonna be in it at all… Sleepy hollow and the untitled bad reboot sound okay…

  16. I remembed The Tomorrow People on Nickeledeon in the mid 90s. I might tune in to m

  17. The tomorrow people sounds awesome

  18. I barely remember The Tomorrow People from way back in the late 70′s i think.

  19. I was hoping for lots and lots shows about cops and lawyers, along with edgeless sitcoms about ‘dysfunctional’ families and people making their way in the world.

    As you can imagine, I’m left terribly disappointed.

    A more interesting poll would be one asking which will get cancelled before the end of S01.

    There’s a good half dozen sci-fi/fantasy shows there especially that I look at and think ‘you don’t have the patience to let this build an audience, why even bother green-lighting it in the first place’.

    Well here’s hoping that some of these are better than they sound.

    The cops with robot buddies thing sounds like it may be a so-bad-it’s-good possibility.

  20. Only one that sounded interesting was Spy and even then, I don’t even watch our version of it because it never looked that funny.

  21. shield, the hundred, and the tomorrow people for me =D

  22. And bates motel I’m really looking forward looks really interesting

  23. A number of these shows I will watch the pilot should they get green-lit for the fall or mid-season. The only one I can for sure say I will continue with is SHIELD. Huge comic fan, even bigger Whedon fan.

    The list for NBC is missing a newly picked up pilot for the take on Alice in Wonderland… aptly titled Wonderland. One I’ll give a shot as well should it go to series. However, reading thru comments on another site, someone recommended the plot follow the series The Looking Glass Wars. I WISH it’d follow that plot, it’s amazing.

  24. Since the show is falling under the umbrella of the MCU, SHIELD stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Just sayin’.

  25. None of these shows, save Shield, look remotely interesting.

    • Some of the drama’s looked ok but I’ll pass on the comedys

  26. I thought zombies were the “it” thing… yet we get aliens and more vampires.

    How about a show where people get stranded on a mysterious island… wait… let me finish… but this time we get a proper ending. :)

    • Gilligan made it home only to be stranded again…LOL

  27. I wanna check out spy (rob condry is a stud), super fun night (conan and rebel wilson? awesome!!), SHIELD obviously. I’m already super pumped about tv for feb cuz both my go-to shows are coming back: walking dead and community :D:D:D

  28. They changed the full name of SHIELD thought, what’s written in the article here is the old name. Now it’s “Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics division”.

    And it’s definitely the TV show I’m looking forward to the most.

  29. Where’s the, “none of them” choice? I was not interested in a single one of the shows on two of the networks.

    • And where’s, “Zero Hour?” It will premiere on ABC in two weeks.