Before FOX reveals its new schedule next Monday, here’s the best & worst of their pilot season ! Just my humble opinion.
1. LUCIFER – Ordered to series
“It’s vivid, energetic and a lot of fun (…) an almighty entertaining and funny as hell detective drama” Full preview here
2. STUDIO CITY – Dead but could be redeveloped
“I’m always suspicious when a show is officially described as a little bit of this mixed with a little it of that. But this time, they’re not playing with us: it really is The OC meets Shameless. With a bit of Nashville too.” Full preview here
3. FRANKENSTEIN – Ordered to series
“This pilot surprised me. In a good way! (…) It’s alive! It’s watchable! But a good pilot doesn’t always become a good series and I tend to think this one is more a good pilot than a good series. It could be really cool, if it was not meant to be a procedural in the end.” Full preview here
4. MINORITY REPORT – Ordered to series
“definitely a hot property, with a honorable pilot script (…) It looks like a failure because those who liked the movie are not remotely excited by the project from what I understand and those who are not familar with it probably won’t find any good reason to give it a chance.” Full preview here
5. ROSEWOOD – Ordered to series
“Dead on arrival. It’s boring and it has zero originality -except if you consider diversity as an originality of some sort.” Full preview here
Not reviewed: SCREAM QUEENS – Ordered to series
Not reviewed: THE X-FILES – Ordered to series
Not reviewed: HOUDINI & DOYLE – Ordered to series
1. THE GRINDER – Ordered to series
“This one made me laughed a lot on the page. And imagining Rob Lowe doing the crazy made me want it bad. I don’t know how long the show can maintain the fun but for now, it’s a huge YES!”
2. THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE – Ordered to series
“Can’t say I liked everything about this pilot, but it certainly has a lot going for it, starting with a good appeal for the younger demo. I laughed a bit and I can see it last. Every episode is a lesson, and I want these guys to teach me some more”.
3. DETOUR – Officially Dead
“Your good ol’ coming of age story, but feels kinda fresh somehow. Sweet and funny, without being hilarious. Way broader than I expected.”
4. THE PERFECT STANLEYS – Officially Dead
“Multicamera comedies and FOX don’t mix really well since… well, forever (the exception being “Married… with children”). This one, no surprise, has nothing that makes it special, except it feels quite authentic. The “sisters hate each” gets old really fast sadly.”
5. FANTASY LIFE – Officially Dead (but could be redeveloped for next year)
“Like The Pefect Stanleys, it’s another multicamera that starts with a character taking a selfie… All the sports jokes didn’t work for me. And there’s a ton of it. Regardless, it’s not that bad. Just not my thing and probably not the thing of enough people.”
6. 48 HOURS TIL MONDAY – Officially Dead
“The concept seemed original. The series is not. The concept was not, in fact. It’s just a pretext to make yet another family comedy that has nothing special going for it. It’s not horrible, but it adds nothing to the table”.
7. GRANDFATHERED – Ordered to series
“Maybe it’s just me but I found this script so pretentious! A total turn-off. Like the character John Stamos is playing in fact. But this guy is magical and I can totally see his performance improving the whole thing.”
What pilots are you rooting for?