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NBC | 2015/2016 Pilot Season: The Best & Worst

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Before NBC reveals its new schedule next Sunday, here’s the best & worst of their pilot season ! Just my humble opinion.

BLINDS

DRAMAS

1. BLINDSPOT – Ordered to series

an high octane thriller with two kick-ass characters at the center of it, that will please those who like action scenes as much as those who are more into suspense and mysteries. It’s a no-brainer pick-upFull preview here

2. THE PLAYER – Ordered to series

it’s fast-paced, it’s dark, it’s twisted, it’s smart and it’s kind of fun. There is a mythology behind, a lot questions to be answered, a lot of characters whose motivations need to be explained and the promise of a thrilling ride.Full preview here

3. GAME OF SILENCE – Ordered to series

 “this one is probably the hardest to sell on this network. Not only because it’s the darkest, with less action and more psychology -which is definitely a good thing- but because it’s heavily serialized with just one little procedural element.” Full preview here

4. THE CURSE OF THE FUENTES WOMEN – Officially Dead

mostly ridiculous, with some crazy scenes (…)  but that’s exactly what makes the show attractive at the same time.Full preview here

5. SHADES OF BLUE – Ordered to series

It’s basically a female character driven procedural that tries to be a little bit more. Jennifer Lopez may have found the right vehicle to remind people she’s not just a singer and an American Idol judge.” Full preview here

6. LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD – Has a shot

the closest thing to Empire any network has to offer as of now. It is very different in many ways but NBC certainly has something to play with here. But they should not expect the same ratings.Full preview here

7. HEARTBREAKER – Ordered to series

as cheesy as it sounds. But I’m not saying it’s a total mess. In fact, it’s quite solid. But for a show developed during 2004/2005 pilot season (and I may be indulgent), not 2015/2016.Full preview here

8. WARRIOR – Has a shot

it’s not fun, most of the time. It’s not emotional (…) the perfect example of those projects not worth a pilot order that get it anyway for whatever mysterious reasons.Full a preview

9. UNVEILED – Looks dead

should never ever see the light of day. Not on a network. Not in 2015. Not in real life! Full preview here

 

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COMEDIES

1. STRANGE CALLS – Officially Dead

“Really different, really special, really funny. Loved it! Maybe not broad enough but definitely a keeper!”

2. SUPERSTORE – Ordered to series

NBC desperately needs a broad comedy that can please low and middle class America as much as well-educated viewers, young and old people, blacks and whites and latinos… Superstore can be this one.Full preview here

3. TELENOVELA – Ordered to series

“It’s not as good as Desperate Housewives was when it started and it’s different in many ways but it’s good enough to entertain us once a week and do the trick, but for how long?”  Full preview here

4. HOW WE LIVE – Has a shot

“Not as original as it wants to be, but pretty funny overall. Tries too hard to be the next Modern Family, but can’t blame them.”

5. UNTITLED SUZANNE MARTIN PROJECT – Ordered to series

“Isn’t it a waste of Carrie Preston’s huge talent? A multicamera comedy is not really where we want to see her, but she certainly can improve the material, which is not bad to begin with. Just déjà vu.”

6. TAKE IT FROM US – Looks dead

“Some sort of How I Met Your mother type of comedy, by one of How I Met Your Mother’s writer. Found the characters really cool. Wouldn’t mind watching it.

7. NOT SAFE FOR WORK – Looks dead

Most of the pilot is about embarrassing scenes with awkward people you’re slowly falling in love with. I’m not sure there’s really a show in there, it’s too much of a love triangle and not much of anything else, but it’s not bad at all. Just not what NBC needs right now.”

8. PEOPLE ARE TALKING – Ordered to series

“Too much. People are talking too much! This multicamera comedy has an interesting diversity cast element -blacks, asian, white- and some really funny lines but in the end, it’s not a show and characters I feel like I want to go back to.”

9. SHARING – Looks dead

Too geeky, definitely not broad enough. Might be cool. Might be fun. But won’t last long. That’s old NBC.”

10. PROBLEM CHILD – Has a shot

With Bishop, the famous Problem Child, talking directly to the camera all along the episode, you can’t keep thinking about Malcolm. The show has a hard time becoming its own thing. And the cast is not crazy attractive. It’s a pass for me.

11. CUCKOO (US) – Officially Dead

Have never watched the British show it’s based on, but pretty sure it’s as awful as this one. I mean, Cuckoo is a fucking pain in the ass, whatever the side of the Pond. I didn’t find him funny any second. Just wanted to slap him in the face. The saddest thing is the cast is pretty great (Cheryl Hines & Michael Chicklis, husband and wife!) But please don’t NBC.


What pilots are you rooting for?

Catches of the Week: Colin Hanks, Jenna Elfman, Chris Klein, Nico Tortorella…

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While the most sought actors of pilot season are reading scripts and making their choices (or refusing everything), a few leads and secondary characters have already been cast this week. Here’s the summary!

She’s in a comedy project every year -which almost every time go to series- 2015 won’t be different! Jenna Elfman has said yes to the Untitled Dana Klein project for FOX, where she will play a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law. Ellen constantly second-guesses herself and, by extension, her husband. She worries she’s a bad mom/wife/daughter-in-law and often takes on more than she can handle in an effort to prove otherwise. Now they have to find the right fit for the sister part. Just as a reminder, the last few years we’ve seen Elfman in Growing Up Fisher, 1600 Penn, Accidentally on Purpose and Courting Alex (this one was really good but CBS destroyed it because of a bad move in the schedule). She also did Bad Mom for ABC which didn’t go to series. She’s still really living on her Dharma & Greg days. She did one season of Damages where she was great. She also appeared in one episode of Shameless. In 2007, she did Brothers & Sisters one time. The fact that she is not offered -or she don’t accept- drama or dramedies is beyond me… She would have been great in one of the few family dramedies developed this year…

At CBS, one of single-camera comedy Life In Pieces‘ lead has been cast. The role went to Colin Hanks, who was great in Fargo‘s first season, did good on Dexter during one of the atrocious seasons, and was recently very funny in an episode of Mom. Here, he will play Greg, the coddled youngest of three siblings who finds himself overwhelmed and unprepared for the birth of his first child. The show is about one family as told through the separate stories of its different family members.

At NBC, three secondary characters of single-camera comedy How We Live have been found: Lindsay Price, Chris Klein & Jared Gertner. The show is centered on Russell, a blogger, and his wife Holly who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors, in the style of an anthropologist who’s stumbled on an undiscovered tribe. Klein (American Pie) will play best friend Matt and Price & Gertner will form a couple, who are best friends with Matt!

Also note that Thomas Haden Church will star opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO pilot Divorce, which is now officially ordered, Molly Shannon is also in it; the gorgeous The Following‘s season one alumn Nico Tortorella will be the boyfriend of a drag queen in HBO’s Mamma Dallas, written by Enlightened brilliant creator Mike White; and that Damon Wayans Jr. has just left New Girl to star in his own pilot, with the lead of Rush Hour for CBS being an option.

NBC picks up first 3 comedy pilots of the season

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A few days after ordering its first drama pilot of the season “Warrior”, NBC picks up its first three comedy pilots, all in-house produced by Universal Television.

First one is untitled and comes from TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin, who previously worked on Frasier and Ellen. The multicamera style comedy chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters when their children and their parents move back home. Sounds like a certain comedy called Empty Nest, The Golden Girls’ spin-off (1988-1995) but in reverse! It is co-produced by comedian Sean Hayes via its production house Hazy Mills, already behind Hot In Cleveland, its spin-off The Soul Man and fantasy drama Grimm.

Second one is the single-camera family project How We Live, written by Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley who both worked previously on Scrubs and Happy Endings. It centers on a blogger and his wife who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors, in the style of an anthropologist who’s stumbled on an undiscovered tribe.

Last but not least is pretty exciting single-camera comedy Superstore, about a group of employees at a big box store and examines love, friendship, and the beauty of every day moments. It is written and directed by Ruben Fleischer, who worded on The Office like executive producer Justin Splitzer, and directed movie Zombieland. Let’s just hope it’s not another mockumentary!

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL NBC PILOTS ORDERED SO FAR