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Drama 2015 #PilotWatch : the full recap

It’s this time of the year when we get all judgy and mean, happy because we enjoy a show we didn’t think we would, sad because our expectations were too high for some others… It’s time to make tough choices (some are really easy though) and decide whose are the characters, the families, the places, the writers we want to spend the rest of the year with! Game ON.

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Again, this year is not the year of comedy and like last year the drama field is filled with quite capable new entries, some of them having the potential to break out but none of them being exceptionnally original and a game changer. While soaps are gonna invade next pilot season, this time it’s The Blacklist clones, mixing procedural elements and mythology with big male leads (Blindspot, The Player, Game of Silence, Minority Report, Limitless, Lookinglass). Heavily serialized shows are once again mostly in ABC’s territory with Quantico, The Family, Wicked City and The Catch, a very solid freshman class. Blood and oil could be a goner very soon. CBS might be in big trouble if Supergirl doesn’t deliver, Code Black & Limitless are wild cards and the schedule is not great, to say the least. NBC only have Blindspot as a potential breakout hit, with Heroes Reborn which could surprise, at least at the beginning. FOX might be okay and will have to rely on Empire and possibly Scream Queens to spend a decent fall. Rosewood and Minority Report are not the ones to bet on. Midseason will be more exciting for everyone with such shows as The Family, The Catch, Lucifer and of course the return of The X-Files.

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  1. THE FAMILY  rate rate rate rate rate

A dark, sometimes brutal, smart family soap, gripping and devastating. Perfectly cast. Joan Allen is incredible. Could be ABC’s Broadchurch. Critically acclaimed. Wow. Very few pilot can make you cry. I remember Homeland did. The Family is one of these. Chills.

2. QUANTICO  rate rate rate rate rate

The best pilot you’ll see this fall. It’s fast-paced, smart, exciting, fun, sexy, full of twists and turns. GREAT. Though it is not produced by Shondaland, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a Shonda Rhimes show. It is written HIT all over it. Priyanka Chopra really is a revelation. She’s not just stunningly beautiful, she’s good, really good. Though I still don’t get why ABC didn’t give it the best timeslot they had, it’s strong enough to stand on its own and explode.

3. THE CATCH rate rate rate rate 

Mireille Enos is stunning and gives an intense & subtle performance. Pilot is classy, in a Scandal fashion. It’s too bad the secondary characters are so weak, they doesn’t spark any interest for now. Fired actors Damon Dayoub & BethanyJoyLenz were not bad at all. But I guess Mireille Enos is worth better performers. Peter Krause & Sonya Walger can turn this good pilot into a great show. Looking forward to it! Shonda Rhimes never disappoints.

4. BLOOD AND OIL rate rate 

Bo-ring. Script was great so what happened? Too cute cast. Too cable-y feel with no substance. Too serious, no fun. It’s not steamy, not soapy enough. No pleasure & no guilt. Hard task to make it better but not yet a lost cause. The cast is so meh, though. Why ABC is giving it a better timeslot than Quantico is beyond me, honestly… Two good points: Don Jonhson & the natural setting. But I fear it will be all green screen by the second episode…

 

Not seen: WICKED CITY, KINGS AND PROPHETS (entirely being rewrote & reshot).

 

 

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  1. CODE BLACK  rate rate rate

Going after ER & Grey’s Anatomy is an impossible task. They did their best to make it similar and different at the same time. It can be boring in spite of everything that is happening. We need to care about the characters and right now we don’t. Marcia Gay Harden could make me watch anything so I’ll give the show the time it needs… But damn, it’s depressing

2. SUPERGIRL  rate rate rate

Certainly not a CBS show, except for the big budget. It’s in the same range as The Flash, but with a story really too similar to Superman’s to suprise us in a any way. And it goes fast, too fast. Plus, there’s a girly vibe that feels outdated. No idea if it’s gonna work but it’s a show we didn’t need. They did their best. But the best version of this story can’t be geat, it seems.

3. LIMITLESS   rate rate rate

Not sure what to say about this one. Could go either way. I didn’t like it but there’s an audience for it. CBS-y but not too much. Boring, a bit. Not as efficient as Scorpion, for example. But there’s Bradley Cooper (temporarily). A waste of Jennifer Carpenter’s talent. Didn’t know Ron Rifkin is playing the hero’s dad! Nice surprise. Oh and Fringe‘s Blair Brown is playing the mother!

 

Not seen: RUSH HOUR, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS.

 

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  1. BLINDSPOT  rate rate rate rate

First Blindspot pilot scenes: how not to show any intimate body parts with a standing naked character all along in 10 lessons. This is a very entertaining and enjoyable pilot, with enough mistery for wanting to be back. A potential hit for NBC

2. HEARTBREAKER rate rate rate

Very surprised! Lots of rewrites. Melissa George is more charming than ever. It feels fresh, funny, warm, moving. Soundtrack is perfect, montage is efficient. Probably too close to Grey’s Anatomy but good job!

3. GAME OF SILENCE rate rate rate

Psychological thriller, not very thrilling though, dark and depressing for the most part. Cable-y. Could have been excellent, but for some reason it’s “just” good but it’s hard to imagine the show lasting for more than one short season, whatever happens ratings-wise. Should have been announced as a miniseries in my opinion.

4. THE PLAYER rate rate rate

If the show wasn’t doomed (timeslot…) I would have bet on it. But Blindspot is stronger, NBC made the right call. High octane. Sometimes it’s dark and not very convicing. Sometimes it’s fun and it works. Shares an awful lot with The Blacklist. Best things about the show: Wesley Snipes of course and Charity Wakefield ! She’s just great and… playful!

5. YOU, ME AND THE END OF THE WORLD  rate rate 

It’s a dramedy but it’s not really funny nor emotional. Not that English either. Dunno what is. A bit of a mess? You have to wait for Rob Lowe to appear to really get pleasure out of it. And he’s not there much. Megan Mullally is almost unrecognizable. Seems like she’s just out of an Orange is the New Black episode. Which is good (Jenji Kohan, think about her!) Anyway NBC won’t be able to do anything with it. Hidden next summer or on fridays at 10? It’s likely and that’s OK.  I’ll be watching episode 2 though. It finally gets interesting in the very end…

 

Not seen: SHADES OF BLUE, HEROES REBORN, CHICAGO MED.

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  1. LUCIFER  rate rate rate rate

A very suitable substitute for gone too soon Forever. Same kind of fun police procedural, entertaining & warm. Tom Ellis is charming as hell.  After Castle, Bones… it doesn’t add anything new to the game, but TV needs shows like these. That being said the supernatural part/mythology could be more exciting than that. And the pilot takes too long to start

2. LOOKINGLASS / MINORITY REPORT  rate rate rate 

Kinda like it in a weird way. It’s far from perfect but it’s emotional and fun at times. What I’m concerned about is the subsequent episodes. Will it become a procedural of some sort? Hope not… I think it would be a better fit with The X-Files than Lucifer. But Lucifer has better chances to work so it makes sense… It’s not really Frankenstein it’s more… FrankHulkenstein! / Really good looking pilot, kinda fun and badass. Convincing cast, good chemistry. A Fringe vibe. Great attention to details. More into it than I expected. Wondering how long it can last without becoming boring… and going off the air…

3. ROSEWOOD rate rate 

Lazy & sometimes ridiculous shiny procedural. Tries too much to be cool & fun. Everything feels fake. Annoying hero even if Morris Chestnut is very good to watch. Ordered only because FOX desperately needed something to pair Empire with. The african-american hero was reason enough it seems. And it’s a shame.

Not seen: Scream Queens

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  1. CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND rate rate rate rate

Really liked it! There’s an unexpected Ally McBeal vibe! The kind of show you wanna watch cosy while eating an ice-cream. That was not a good fit with Showtime but it could have been their Girls. A weird fit with The CW. I just hope they won’t sweeten the whole thing up. Take the curse words out and keep the fun & spirit. The masturbation scene will be dearly missed. It’s the best one!

2. CONTAINMENT rate rate rate 

Kinda hooked by the story but not much by the characters. Not totally convinced. Disgusting and entertaining. But isn’t it just one of those mediocre catastrophe TV movies turned into a 10-episode season?

Not seen: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (not shot yet)

 

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THE FAMILY > QUANTICO > THE CATCH > BLINDSPOT > LUCIFER >  CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND >

 HEARTBREAKER  > GAME OF SILENCE > THE PLAYER > CODE BLACK > LOOKINGLASS > MINORITY REPORT > SUPERGIRL > CONTAINMENT >

YOU, ME AND THE END OF THE WORLD > LIMITLESS > BLOOD AND OIL > ROSEWOOD

 

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“Cheerleader Death Squad”: The CW orders a pilot for the new Marc Cherry show!

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The CW just ordered its 4th pilot of the season: the much-anticipated Cheerleader Death Squad by Desperate Housewives & Devious Maids creator Marc Cherry…

Marc Cherry wrote the script of this project with Dan Truly (Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods) and Neal Baer (Under The Dome, ER). They all executive produce with Sabrina Wind, Cherry’s partner, for CBS Television Studios. The spy show is described as Heathers meets Alias, and will probably feature strong female characters in a light and funny atmosphere in spite of the quite serious pitch. It centers on a disgraced CIA agent-turned-teacher at an elite Washington, D.C. prep school. When he realizes that his students have high-level access through personal connections, he trains a select few to be his eyes and ears into the world of international espionage and help him earn his way back into the agency… It’s still a little hard to connect the provocative title with the story. Cherry developped another project this season, a reinvention of classical The Phantom Of The Opera for ABC, but so far it has not been picked up to pilot and probably won’t be since ABC’s slate is already full.

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CW’s 5 most exciting projects for 2015/2016 pilot season

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The following article is based on descriptions mixed wih talents attached ONLY. None of the scripts have been read at this point. 

What are The CW’s needs for next season:

– A Supernatural spin-off, to be able someday to let the original show die, finally… Another planted spin-off is in the works after the first one didn”t make it last year.

– News shows which aren’t adapted from DC Comics, to diversify its offer.

Drama Scripts ordered: around 20

Drama pilots ordered last year: 6

5-6 Drama Pilots should be ordered this year

Observation: It’s hard to tell if The CW had a strong year so far, since two new shows out of four have yet to premiere (iZombie, which got a chance to shine, and The Messengers, which is sent to a Friday certain death). But with The Flash, the network found a great hit, an even bigger one than its spin-off Arrow, which is rare and quite surprising to say the least. Jane The Virgin is not a ratings success but it’s the first CW show which won a Golden Globe (for best comedy)! But at the same time, The Vampire Diaries is fading, The Originals is already a disappointment, The 100 doesn’t get the ratings it deserves and Reign is just so-so. Plus, Hart Of Dixie isn’t dead yet.

For next year, The CW needed another DC Comics show in my opinion. Just one. But as it turns out, The Atom one won’t be ready on time, Teen Titans landed on TNT and Supergirl went to big sister network CBS for very mysterious reasons (I still think it could join CW’s schedule in the end, despite what Nina Tassler said). Here are some of the projects that could be ordered to pilot, but know the CW probably has scripts we never heard of…

CHEERLEADERS DEATH SQUAD (CBS Television Studios)

What?  a disgraced CIA agent-turned-teacher at an elite Washington D.C. prep school  trains a select few students to be his eyes and ears into the world of international espionage and help him earn his way back into the agency

Why? FOX will have its Scream Queens when The CW could have its Cheerleaders. It’s hard to take this pitch seriously, just imagining how those boys and girls will look like when doing espionnage things: models chasing, the hair in the wind, trying to look clever at the same time… But it is produced by Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids creator Marc Cherry. That could only mean one thing: there will be a lot of humor, writers won’t take themselves too seriously so it could be a lot of fun! And also very repetitive. It might be a cool companion for female-oriented Jane The Virgin.

FIRST LADY (Warner Bros. Television)

What? one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House, where she battles injustice and her own sordid past which has come back to haunt her

Why? This one too could be a companion for Jane The Virgin, and it’s adapted from the Chilean series Primera Dama. It’s ridiculous, especially if the heroine really becomes the first lady of The United States, but you never know… It is produced by Jennifer Garner, a woman of taste. Maybe she saw a potential where no one else could…

THE MAGELLAN (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  revolves around what happens when a mysterious global cataclysm strands a group of students, teachers and crew on a Semester at Sea sailboat; With the entire planet seemingly covered in water, they begin to wonder if they are the only survivors left. As they explore their strange — yet strangely beautiful — new world, this group of strangers must join forces to survive, all while facing the equally daunting challenges of friendship, family and even love.

Why? I have no idea how the Spanish series El Barco is doing over there, but The Magellan is the american adaptation of this apocalyptic drama and it sounds exciting, the way The 100 sounded like when the project was first announced. It will probably require quite a big budget but Warner Bros. proved many times they can do it well (unlike ABC Studios and its atrocious green screens). Jennifer Johnston from The Following is writing.

THE PHOENIX PROJECT (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  three friends who, in an attempt to combat apathy, take an anarchistic, dangerous and morally questionable approach to save society from itself

Why? the creator of this show, Martin Gero, already got a pilot order for one of the three projects he developed this year –Blindspot at NBC- so it could prove complicated to do both. This one sounds original, and more personal, but it’s hard to tell where it’s headed. But it is billed as a “vigilante drama”, so these guys will pretend to be superheroes. And the CW doesn’t really need new ones, especially when they don’t come from prolific DC Comics universe…

UNTITLED ANDREW HINDERAKER PROJECT (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  a peek behind the curtain of Hollywood’s hip-hop dance scene, centering on a top-flight back-up dancer who dreams of becoming a choreographer

Why? Musical shows are still very much trendy but dance oriented ones are nowhere to be found. Maybe it’s time to give it a chance (just forget the horrible Hellcats), especially since it’s produced by John Wells. We can expect something smart and interesting from him. Plus, it’s adapted from real choreographer Kenny Wormald’s life. Could feel real.

Note: The CW still have a Misfits remake in the works but I think we all agree they’d better not touch it. It’s way too crude and crazy for them.

The CW working on a DC Comics “Atom” TV Show

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While renewing most of its shows, The CW revealed at TCA they were in very early stages of developing a possible “The Atom” TV series from DC Comics, after fellows “Arrow” and “The Flash” became huge hits for the channel.

Producer Greg Berlanti said he was not allowed to talk about it, but still he did. After introducing the character of Ray Palmer aka “The Atom” in Arrow‘s season 3, he announced a spin-off about this particular character played by Brandon Routh was in the works at The CW. The superhero is known for his ability to shrink and expand himself, and other objects, to advantage. Since Berlanti insisted on the fact it was still in very early stages, it probably means they won’t order any pilot for it during the traditionnal pilot season which just started. Meaning: it won’t happen sometime soon. Maybe because they know they have to leave room on their fall schedule for… CBS’s Supergirl! Another “Ringer situation” seems very likely…

Other news: CW’s chief Marc Pedowitz told reporters at TCA another Supernatural spin-off was in development after their first try last year which ultimately didn’t go to series; and 5 to 6 pilots will be ordered in the next few weeks, with probably two of them appearing in next fall’s schedule.