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Monday, April 2, 2012

John Barrowman and Justin Bartha are coming to your TV this fall . . . maybe

Every spring I compile a list of network and cable TV pilots being filmed for the upcoming television season that sound interesting to me. Last April I featured 18 potential shows, and 10 of them were ordered to series:

FX's American Horror Story (which has been renewed for a second season)
NBC's Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea became Are You There, Chelsea? (which will probably not be renewed)
NBC's Bent (which will probably not be renewed)
ABC's Don't Trust the Bitch in Apt 23 became Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (it finally debuts on April 11)
ABC's Good Christian Bitches became Good Christian Belles and then simply GCB (I'm hoping that it gets renewed)
ABC's Pan Am (this disappointing show has been canceled)
NBC's Playboy became The Playboy Club (it was canceled after only three episodes)
ABC's Revenge (one of the season's best new shows, which I'm sure will be renewed)
NBC's Smash (which has been renewed for a second season)
HBO's Veep (this Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy debuts on April 22)

So here is my list of series that may or may not appear on your television during the 2012-13 season:

All Talk (HBO): This potential comedy pilot stars Ben Stiller and Alan Alda and revolves around the daily dramas of a Jewish family in D.C.

Americana (ABC): This soapy drama about a fashion designer and his family stars Anthony LaPaglia, Annabeth Gish and Emilie de Ravin (Lost).

Bad Girls (NBC): I loved the original British drama that aired from 1999 to 2006. This American remake follows a group of unlikely women at a federal correctional institute.

The Corrections (HBO): Based on Jonathan Franzen's best-selling 2001 novel, this drama about a Midwestern couple and their three grown children stars Ewan McGregor, Dianne Wiest and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Counter Culture (ABC): This comedy about three sisters who run the Wagon Wheel Diner in Waverly, Texas, has a great cast - Delta Burke, Doris Roberts, Kerri Kenney and Margo Martindale.

Devious Maids (ABC): From Marc Cherry (the creator of Desperate Housewives) comes this soapy peek inside the sordid lifestyles of the rich and famous of Beverly Hills. It stars Grant Show and All My Children's Susan Lucci.

Downwardly Mobile (NBC): This comedy about a lower middle-class family living in a mobile home community reunites Roseanne Barr and John Goodman. Reno 911's Mary Birdsong also stars.

Family Trap (ABC): The only reason I'm including this dysfunctional family sitcom is because the fabulous Stockard Channing plays the mother. Mandy Moore is the star of the show.

Friday Night Dinner (NBC): This comedy about a traditional but not strictly observant Jewish family stars Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub.

Gilded Lilys (ABC): This period drama set in 1895 is centered around New York City's first luxury hotel, The Lillian. John Barrowman and Blythe Danner star.

Local Talent (USA Network): This comedy stars Nathan Lane as a wannabe Broadway star who puts his career on hold to return to his Texas hometown when his father becomes ill. Cheyenne Jackson and Andrea Martin also star.

Malibu Country (ABC): This Reba McEntire comedy about a Nashville family who moves to Malibu, California, also stars Lily Tomlin as Reba's sharp-tongued mother - and I love Lily.

The Manzanis (ABC): This comedy about a boisterous Italian family in the suburbs reunites former Cheers co-stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman (as Alley's mother-in-law).

Masters of Sex (Showtime): Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star as sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in this 1960s-era drama.

Nashville (ABC): This drama takes us inside the cutthroat world of country music and politics. Connie Britton (American Horror Story, Friday Night Lights), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital) star.

The New Normal (NBC): From Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) comes this comedy about a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them start a family. Andrew Rannells, Ellen Barkin and Justin Bartha star.

Notorious (NBC): This drama kind of sounds like ABC's Revenge. It's about a female detective who returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in - as the maid's daughter - to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend. Tate Donovan and Victor Garber star.

Partners (CBS): From the creators of Will & Grace comes this comedy about two male architects - one straight, one gay - whose relationship itself resembles a marriage. Brandon Routh, David Krumholtz, Michael Urie and Molly Shannon star.

Political Animals (USA Network): Sigourney Weaver and the handsome James Wolk star in this drama about a divorced former first lady who throws herself into her new job as Secretary of State after losing the presidential nomination (hmmm, this sounds kind of familiar).

Scruples (ABC): Based on Judith Krantz's best-selling novel comes this deliciously soapy new drama starring Chad Michael Murray and Gary Cole - but will it be as much fun as the original 1980 TV miniseries with Lindsay Wagner, Connie Stevens and Kim Cattrall?

666 Park Avenue (ABC): This supernatural drama about a mysterious apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side sounds intriguing. Terry O'Quinn (Lost), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) and Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) star.

Susan 313 (NBC): Sarah Silverman stars in this comedy about a woman who tries to return to her old life after a breakup. Jeff Goldblum also stars.

We will find out next month whether any of the above series get picked up when the networks reveal their 2012-13 schedules. Below you can vote for which shows you're hoping to see next season (choose as many as you want).


Sean said...

I find it hard to get excited about any network show because the better they are the more quickly they're canceled.

I'll commit to shows on cable (USA, TBS, FX, A&E etc.) because they stand behind their shows and although they tend to be shorter seasons, I can only think of 2 that didn't go at least 2 seasons.

Lance said...

I LOVE me some John Barrowman (but you already know that, right Marc?). Also a big fan of Nathan Lane (although he's not had great luck on TV). Partners and Political Animals both look like they could be fun too.

Marc said...

I hear what you're saying, Sean. Every season at least one network show that I like gets canned after only a few episodes.

Hey, Lance, maybe Mr. Lane will have more luck with Cheyenne by his side. Let's hope so!

James said...

Don't see too much exciting...
Justin Bartha in anything is worth a shot.
I love "Revenge" and actually will miss "PanAm". At least the series finale tied up all of that shows story lines.

Marc said...

Hey, James, I'm glad to hear that Pan Am didn't leave you hanging. I thought the show had a very pretty cast, but I didn't care much for the storylines.