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Comedy 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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First, on the comedy side, let me summarize it simply by saying almost nothing that has been picked up really stink but nothing really stand out either. That’s the ugly truth. In my opinion, The MuppetsThe Real O’Neals at ABC and Life In Pieces at CBS are the safer bets. NBC can do something with the duet Hot & Bothered/Superstore with a good lead in and a heavily marketed night. Sadly, I don’t see Grandfathered & The Grinder staying very long on FOX because of the channel’s recent track record… The rest is DOA. Dead on arrival.

 

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  1. THE REAL O’NEALS   rate rate rate rate

Already in love with this family. They put a huge smile on my face. Kudos to always great Martha Plimpton and very talented newcomer Noah Gavin, who nails it as the narrator. There’s no reason it wouldn’t work, except a bad timeslot. ABC, give it at least a Fresh Off The Boat treatment!

2. THE MUPPETS  rate rate rate rate

I’m not a fan of the original The Muppets. Not my thing. But this pilot presentation took me by surprise. Love the idea of the mockumentary twist. Could be a great deal of fun. But still not for me. It could become a huge hit for ABC, though.

3. DR KEN  rate rate rate

Dr Ken is so far the best match with Last Man Standing ABC found. Ken Jeong will divise the audience: some will love his performance, others will hate it. Liked it (and him) way more than I expected. Good for diversity, good for laughs, but not especially great regarding originality.

4. UNCLE BUCK  rate

Not funny in any way. The title character is plain stupid & irritating. The cast never clicks. The kids are meh but the adults are way worst. It’s fixable, the set up is not that bad, but no thanks. Not sure ABC would have ordered it if the cast was not black, in fact.

 

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  1. LIFE IN PIECES  rate rate rate rate

Could have turned into a huge hit… if Modern Family never existed! Writing’s good, people can relate, a bit raunchy. The cast is great on paper but… except Josh Brolin & Zoe Lister Jones, where are the funny people?! BTW the concept is just cosmetics. That being said, wanna watch more. It’s really fun at times, potential is here.

2. ANGEL FROM HELL  rate rate rate

Not an amazing pilot but it’s kinda cool. Jane Lynch & Maggie Lawson have a real chemistry. There’s potential. It’s not CBS-y at all though. Probably won’t work. They could have made a great multicamera with it, that’s too bad.

 

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  1. SUPERSTORE  rate rate rate

Glad to have America Ferrera back on TV! Fun & sweet but a little too focus on a potential love story. Could turn great.

2. HOT & BOTHERED  rate rate

Eva Longoria is stunning, but something’s a little off… The other castmembers? The whole concept? Not sure. Didn’t laugh much, not “30 Rock” clever… It doesn’t have much going for it in the end, except Longoria (who has been better). And surprise! Zachary Levi (Chuck, Heroes Reborn) appears in a very Susan Mayer kinda scene. He’s playing the new network president.

3. CROWDED  rate rate

Loving Carrie Preston is not reason enough to get excited about this. It’s really old-school -which is not a problem for me- and a waste of her talent. She can do better. She’s worth better. Next!

4. TRUTH BE TOLD  rate

Not as raunchy as NBC wants us to believe. Ordering 13 comedy pilots for ending with such a generic Rules Of Engagement-y sitcom… Really NBC? The cast is meh, with the exception of Tone Bell.

 

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  1. GRANDFATHERED  rate rate rate

Far from hilarious but John Stamos’ charm is in full force & Josh Peck’s a good surprise. Really sweet & has potential. It’s actually nice to see a pilot that improves the script and not the other way!

2. THE GRINDER  rate rate rate

Rob Lowe & Fred Savage make an interesting duet but as much as I liked the script, the concept has a hard time coming together on screen. It’s not as funny as it should have been. Episode 2 will be decisive. It needs to loosen up a bit.

3. THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE  rate rate rate

Cool concept, cool pilot and cool & cute lead (Jack Cutmore-Scott). Hope FOX won’t give it their usual midseason bad treatment…

 

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THE REAL O’NEALS > LIFE IN PIECES > SUPERSTORE > GRANDFATHERED > ANGEL FROM HELL > THE GRINDER > THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE > HOT &  BOTHERED >  DR KEN > CROWDED > TRUTH BE TOLD  > UNCLE BUCK 

 

ABC | 2015/2016 – Fantasy Schedule

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Those are predictions based on feelings and ABC final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Tuesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

Dramas renewed: GREY’S ANATOMY – CASTLE – ONCE UPON A TIME – SCANDAL – NASHVILLE – AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER – SECRETS & LIES – AMERICAN CRIME – AGENT CARTER

New dramas ordered: QUANTICO – THE CATCH – THE FAMILY – KINGS AND PROPHETS – WICKED CITY – BOOM

Comedies renewed: MODERN FAMILY – THE MIDDLE – LAST MAN STANDING (soon) – THE GOLDBERGS – BLACKISH – FRESH OFF THE BOAT – GALAVANT

New comedies ordered: THE MUPPETS – THE REAL O’NEALS – DR KEN – UNCLE BUCK

MONDAYS

8pm- DANCING WITH THE STARS

9pm- DANCING WITH THE STARS

10pm- CASTLE

For years, ABC played the safe card and never moved Castle from the post-Dancing With The Stars. Though season 8 could very much be its last, I don’t see them deciding to move it to another night to end its run. It’s too late and only a procedural seems to be working here. But ABC didn’t order any. Let’s leave it that way. ABC has biggest fishes to fry.

TUESDAYS

8pm- THE MIDDLE / THE REAL O’NEALS

9pm- KINGS AND PROPHETS

10pm- AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Even though The Middle is still a strong asset for ABC, it started to fade on the younger demo on Wednesdays and became the weakest link the past few months. The best way to finally start Tuesday night with a bang is to move it at 8 (as Fresh Off The Boat proved there is an appetite for family comedy on Tuesdays too) and associate it with something new. The Real O’Neals would fit perfectly with it and could even do better on the younger demo. A match made in heaven! And since we’re talking about heaven, Kings and Prophets, religious-themed drama with a Game Of Thrones feel, could take the 9pm slot, moving Agents Of SHIELD to 10 where its underwhelming performances would be no longer an issue, at least for the next two years, until it gets a syndication deal. It’s a male oriented night from 9 to 11. Of course, it’s a real bet on Kings and prophets but ABC seems to be very high on it so… It’s a go big or go home situation!

WEDNESDAYS

8pm- THE GOLDBERGS / FRESH OFF THE BOAT

9pm- MODERN FAMILY / BLACKISH

10pm- QUANTICO

The Goldbergs blossomed beautifully on Wesnesdays and constantly did better on the younger demo than The Middle. It’s strong enough now to anchor the night, paired with Fresh Off The Boat that is too promising to stay on Tuesday. Hopefully, Fresh Off will become the new The Goldbergs! At 9, slowly fading Modern Family won’t move, of course. And Blackish is probably too young and too fragile for now to be tried elsewhere on the schedule (whatever happens with Empire on FOX). Plus it’s in-house produced, so ABC would better not mess with it. At 10, Quantico is one of the rare new dramas ordered that could deliver 22 episodes per season. It’s probably not the best option to make it a hit (in the #TGIT, it would have been one instantly) but with a black lead and a very diversified cast, it makes sense to put it right after Blackish. If CBS and NBC doesn’t put big guns there -and there’s a fair chance they won’t- the show can really explode!

THURSDAYS

8pm- GREY’S ANATOMY

9pm- SCANDAL

10pm- HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

What can I say except: why fixing something that doesn’t need to be fixed? ABC would be crazy to mess with its successful TGIT night. Plus now, with a new Shondaland drama –The Catch– they can air a “real” TGIT from September to May. That being said, ABC could be tempted to launch The Catch during fall. But it would be a mistake in my opinion…

FRIDAYS

8pm- LAST MAN STANDING / DR KEN

9pm- THE SHARK TANK

10pm- 20/20

Maybe Dr Ken will be able to break the curse? More family-oriented than Cristela was, it’s the perfect companion for Last Man Standing. And it’s co-owned by ABC so they’ll make a little more money with it.

SUNDAYS

8pm- ONCE UPON A TIME

9pm- THE FAMILY

10pm- NASHVILLE

Once Upon A Time has no reason to move and Nashville has to take the Revenge spot to get its 88 episodes and die there. The Family seems to be the best option for 9pm. First because it fits with the female and soapy oriented shows all around, and because similar dark stories Resurrection and Secrets & Lies proved there is an audience there. Since The Family is way better than those two, a miracle could happen!

MID-SEASON

THE MUPPETS / GALAVANT / UNCLE BUCK / AGENT CARTER / SECRETS & LIES / AMERICAN CRIME / WICKED CITY / BOOM / THE CATCH

The Muppets & Galavant would make a great quirky pair when Once Upon a Time is away on January. Secrets & Lies could fit once again towards the end of the season in the same slot, sunday at 9 (I suspect The Family won’t have more than 15 episodes). Agent Carter will take Agents of SHIELD‘s slot during the midseason break. The Catch will replace How To Get Away in the TGIT. Uncle Buck is a back-up if another comedy fails. BoomWicked City & American Crime are wild cards, back-ups, break fillers or bound to a summer run.

What do YOU think?

 

ALSO READ: ABC | 2015/2016 Pilot Season: The Best & Worst

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

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

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DRAMAS

1. QUANTICO – Ordered to series

“an incredibly strong contender at ABC, not only because it’s a great pilot script that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole time but above all because it’s the promise of a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat EVERY WEEK for an ENTIRE SEASON -and hopefully more- alongside characters you can only care about, through a journey that’s relevant to the world we live in. It’s a bomb in the making that’s about to explode. The Clock is already ticking. Tick tock… Tick Tock…” Full preview here

2. THE FAMILY (aka ORIGINAL SIN) – Ordered to series

“a family drama, a very human one, more than a mystery or a detective show, or even a soap. (…) People can relate to this family and its members, they can feel for the detective, they can get excited by the investigation and the secrets that will be found along the way… And it won’t even feel like a sin to love it (…) Everything’s in place to make a great show out of the already great pilot.” Full preview here

3. THE BROAD SQUAD – Dead but could be redeveloped

” This pilot manages to be both entertaining and intelligent, even important I might add (…) The Broad Squad is not your usual cop show, not only because it’s a period drama but because it aims to be different, not a crime-solving straight procedural but a heavy serialized and character-driven one, with no strong emphasis on romantic storylines.” Full preview here

4. THE CATCH – Ordered to series

“it’s in the same vein as Scandal and entirely devoted to Alice Martin, a strong leading woman, brilliant at her job but who can also prove to be fragile when it comes to her messy personal life, in the same fashion as Meredith Grey, Addison Montgomery, Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating (…) The Catch comes off as a thrilling ride, but I can’t say it blew my mind… yet.” Full preview here

5. OIL (aka BOOM) – Ordered to series

“it is as ambitious as it looks, and as ambitious as the couple at the center of the show is. t has what it takes it to be a good entertaining TV series that doesn’t take its viewers for morons and which offers a little bit more than just fun. That being said, Boom may be a little too smart and intricate for its own good…” Full preview here

6. KINGMAKERS – Officially Dead

“Kingmakers is ABC wanting to recreate the magic they once had with Revenge. It’s not a spin-off, it’s not officially a reboot. It’s the same show but different. You know you’ve seen it before but you don’t really care as long as they keep it entertaining and fresh somehow. Let’s call it a spiritual spin-off!” Full preview here

7. MIX – Officially Dead

“Mix finds the right balance between the prime time family soap like Dallas and the more emotion-based family drama like Parenthood, the same way Brothers & Sisters did in fact. Let’s call it a family dramedy, with a lot of heart, a bit of laughs and the inevitable dirty little secrets we’re exposed to throughout the pilot (…) It’s almost too simple and too sweet to be really good.” Full preview here

8. RUNNER – Officially Dead

“ABC has better things to pick up, but it’s a solid pilot script that embarks us on a thrilling ride.” Full preview here

9. KINGS AND PROPHETS – Ordered to series

“Game of Thrones is a soap opera in its bones. The Bible is too, in a way. Kings and Prophets even more. It’s about lies, treasons, revenge… Death is everywhere all the time.  I wouldn’t have bet on it before reading the script, now I’m intrigued though not totally convinced. It could crash, it could work, it could even be a hit. Everything’s possible.” Full preview here

10. WICKED CITY (aka LA CRIME) – Ordered to series

“Dark and twisty. It takes a dangerous road for a network show because of the way the serial killer called Clark Gallagher operates (…) But I’m not sure in this crowded television landscape, already full of serial killers, this show has something more to offer…” Full preview here

11. THE ADVOCATE – Officially Dead

“An interesting way of spinning your gold ol’ medical drama, but not distinctive enough to make a splash and be a game changer. It’s nice, it’s a good vehicle for Kim Raver, but it’s boring most of time. The medical part is okay, but the soapy part is just too generic”. 

12. THE ADVERSARIES – Officially Dead

“not something new, not something bad, not something we’d be willing to really give a chance (…) trying to distinguish itself through the family drama perspective, but even that has already been made and it doesn’t make that much of a difference in the end (…) It will skew old and it doesn’t really fit with the schedule. It’s efficient and pleasant but a little outdated.” Full preview here

Not reviewed: UNTITLED AGENTS OF SHIELD PROJECT – Officially Dead

 

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COMEDIES

1. THE REAL O’NEALS – Ordered to series

“it fits perfectly with ABC’s brand, alongside Modern Family, The Goldbergs and all the others (…) The fact that the narrator is a teenage boy makes it sound like Fresh Off the Boat too, which can’t be a bad thing. Honestly, I’m already in love with these people (…)”  Full preview here

2. NERD HERD – Officially Dead

“I laughed out loud while reading it, which doesn’t happen very often to me (…) Just picture all of the smart ass kids of TV -like Manny from Modern Family or the adorable Brick from The Middle– and make them brothers and sisters, living in the same house.Full preview here

3. DELORES & JERMAINE – Officially Dead

“This shit is good. Better than expected, better than you think and even better than it should have been. I mean: a young man living with his grandma, it’s quite exciting on paper I think -I love grandmas on TV- but it’s paper thin at the same time. Somehow, the magic happens and at the end of the pilot, nothing about it seems thin anymore.” Full preview here

4. CHEVY – Officially Dead

“it’s in the vein of The Middle. They share the same kind of sweetness and warmness, and they aim at the same sort of truth of what a family really is, or should be, based on everyday life (…) It would fit perfectly in ABC’s line-up”  Full preview here

5. FORTUNE FAMILY – Officially Dead

“TV definitely needs a lesbian heroin, even more if she’s not the pretty kind. That’s diversity too, guys! Outside of the coming-out part, which is dealt with really well, the sitcom is probably less original than The Real O’Neals for many reasons, especially the mother & father dynamic that we have already witnessed countless times, but it works” Full preview here

6. ALL STARS – Officially Dead

“Better than expected, really funny at times, with an extravaganza you don’t find on the other ABC projects. But it’s more niche and the sports part lost me a bit. Not the best choice.” 

7. THE 46 PERCENTERS – Officially Dead

“Liked this one way more than expected and I can totally picture it lasting for years. But too many farts jokes for my taste, probably.” 

8. DR KEN – Ordered to series

“Liked this one way more than expected (again) and I can totally picture it paired with Last Man Standing. Good for diversity, good for laughs, but not especially great regarding originality” 

9. THE KING OF 7B – Officially Dead

“Quite daring, totally original and crazy, but a bit of a mess, with a feeling that it can’t last very long with such a pitch. Would better fit on Netflix or something!”

10. UNCLE BUCK – Ordered to series

“Not impressed. But it has some potential somehow…” 

11. KNOXVILLE – Officially dead

“A family comedy about rednecks? Already done by Greg Garcia with Earl and then Raising Hope. We don’t need this one even if it’s fine.”

12. WARRIORS – Officially Dead

“Don’t understand the attractiveness of this project. But apparently it has one. Maybe not being remotely interested in basket ball didn’t help. I have faith in producer Dan Fogelman -and ABC too since they can’t keep ordering his shows- but I don’t think it belongs to ABC, even if they broadcast NBA…”

Not reviewed: THE MUPPETS -Ordered to series

 

What pilots are you rooting for ?

“The Real O’Neals” Vs. “Family Fortune” (ABC) pilot preview: When ABC comes out… twice !

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THE REAL O’NEALS

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Written & Produced by David Windsor (What I Like About You, Don’t Trust the B****, Trophy Wife) & Casey Johnson (Greek, Galavant). Inspired & co-produced by Dan Savage (It Gets Better, It Got Better), with Stacy Traub (Glee), Dan McDermott (Angela’s Eyes, Human Target) & Brian Pines (Dr House). Directed by Todd Holland (Malcolm, Wonderfalls, Go On). For ABC, ABC Studios, Hypomania Content & DiBonaventura Pictures Television. 36 pages.

Description: The O’Neals picture perfect Christian family is turned upside down when the youngest son, Kenny, 16, comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real, with all their little and sometimes huge imperfections…

With Noah GalvinMartha Plimpton (Raising Hope, The Good Wife, The Goonies), Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men, Sleeper Cell, Surface), Bebe Wood (The New Normal), Matthew Shively, Mary Hollis Inboden

FAMILY FORTUNE

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Written & produced by Fortune Feimster & Matt Hubbard (30 Rock, Parks And Recreation, Joey). Co-produced by Tina Fey (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Satuday Night Live), David Miner (30 Rock, Parks And Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) & Robert Carlock (30 Rock, Friends, Saturday Night Live). Directed by Mark Cendrowski (The Big Bang Theory, Rules Of Engagement). For ABC, Universal Television, Little Stranger Productions & 3 Arts. 50 pages.

Description: Fortune Ferguson, a popular gym teacher in North Carolina, comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends. What she doesn’t realize is that she will also have to deal with her bickering and happily divorced parents also ‘coming out’ that they are sleeping together again…

With Fortune Feimster (Glee, Mulaney), Annie Potts (Designing Women, Any Day Now, GCB, Dangerous Minds), John Carroll Lynch (Body Of Proof, American Horror Story, The Americans, Fargo), Parker Young (Suburgatory, Enlisted), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), Chris Redd (Empire)…

I don’t know if Paul Lee, president of ABC, is trying hard to tell us something, but he really badly wants a comedy about coming-out on the air. He decided to order both single-camera comedy pilot The Real O’Neals (briefly entitled Family of the Year), inspired by gay activist Dan Savage’s childhood, and multicamera comedy Family Fortune, based on stand-up comedian Fortune Feimster’s real life story. The good news is both are good and strong contenders for a pick-up, but the sad one is probably only one, if none, will make it to next year’s schedule. I don’t see ABC ordering both, especially since they have very little space for new comedies. Plus, competition is stiff with Nerd Herd, Delores & Jermaine and Chevy being very strong possibilities too, while Knoxville & Uncle Buck are less interesting propositions but can’t be counted out yet (and I’m not done reading all of them).

The Real O’Neals is the safer choice because it fits perfectly with ABC’s brand, alongside Modern Family, The Goldbergs and all the others. And I think the writing is a little bit stronger. The fact that the narrator is a teenage boy makes it sound like Fresh Off the Boat too, which can’t be a bad thing. Honestly, I’m already in love with these people, especially with the mother, Eileen, an always impeccably dressed woman of faith, whose passion is perfection. Some sort of new Bree Van de Kamp, if you want. And if I have troubles imagining Martha Plimpton in her shoes, I can’t wait to see the result! She couldn’t have found a more different role than this one, compared to her Raising Hope‘s Virginia. We’re talking a lot about diversity these days, and I find The Real O’Neals pretty convicing in that regard. They’re white, yes; but above all they’re christians. And it’s been a long time since we haven’t seen a christian family on TV, in a comedy that is not preachy in any way. All of their beliefs are suddenly questionned and they realize they are not the good christians they thought they were. They may even be the worst of their neighborhood. And that’s an hilarious discovery for us. Kenny’s coming-out is in fact just one event among others. And the least of their problems!

Family Fortune being a multicamera on a channel where only one has worked for a long time (Last Man Standing), a very classical one indeed (did I say Republican?), its destiny is way more uncertain, which is a shame because it deserves an order at leat for its cast. I don’t know about Fortune Feimster, haven’t seen any of her work yet, but Annie Potts+John Carroll Lynch+the hilarious Parker Young+Lacey-long time no see-Chabert, it is a big big “yes!” for me. And it’s produced by Queen Tina Fey, for Christ’s sake! I have a total trust in her instincts about Fortune Feimster. And TV definitely needs a lesbian heroin, even more if she’s not the pretty kind. That’s diversity too, guys! Outside of the coming-out part, which is dealt with really well, the sitcom is probably less original than The Real O’Neals for many reasons, especially the mother & father dynamic that we have already witnessed countless times, but it works… so much! I mean, they’re hilarious, her because she’s totally selfish, him because he’s an angry bear. I’m realizing they’re exactly like Sam’s parents in Samantha Who? for those who remember. The idiot brother is a comic genius. Damn, I love them too!

So, what will be Paul Lee’s decision? In a perfect world, he would give both a chance and the best one would win on itw own merits. Since TV is far from a perfect world, I guess The Real O’Neals has the upper hand: it’s in-house produced and less risky. Me, I decided not to choose. I love both, I want both. And it’s not me coming out as bi, hum!