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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Parker Posey and Annie Potts 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 22 potential shows, and nine of them were ordered to series:

ABC's Devious Maids (which Lifetime picked up for a 13-episode order that will debut later this year)
ABC's Malibu Country (I've never watched this show, which is on the bubble for a second season)
Showtime's Masters of Sex (this drama will finally premiere on September 29, 2013)
ABC's Nashville (one of my favorite shows of the season, which better be renewed)
NBC's The New Normal (I've enjoyed this gay comedy, but its ratings have been dismal)
NBC's Notorious (its title was changed to Deception - and I found it boring)
ABC's 666 Park Avenue (this disappointing drama was canceled after seven episodes)
CBS's Partners (it was canceled after six episodes)
USA Network's Political Animals (I wish this entertaining show was returning for a second season)

So here is my list of series that may or may not appear on your television during the 2013-14 season:

Family Guide (NBC): This comedy is about a 14-year-old boy who watches his family - blind father, immature mom, rebellious older sister and their dog Elvis - come closer together post-divorce. And Parker Posey plays the mother! I adore her.

Gothica (ABC): This sexy gothic soap is about a woman who discovers the likes of everyone from Victor Frankenstein to Dorian Gray exist in modern-day San Francisco while searching for her own identity. Raza Jaffrey (who played Dev on TV's Smash) is one of the stars. Sounds intriguing.

Happiness (NBC): Sean Hayes stars in this comedy about a man attempting to both parent his teenage daughter and appease his temperamental boss (played by Reno 911's Thomas Lennon). Also, the marvelous Linda Lavin has been cast as Hayes' mother, which is enough reason to tune in.

Hatfields & McCoys (NBC): This drama takes place in present-day Pittsburgh as the blue-collar McCoys go to war with the wealthy Hatfields after a shocking death reignites their decades-long feud. Rebecca De Mornay and Virginia Madsen play the matriarchs of the families. Sounds like a good time to me!

How the Hell Am I Normal? (ABC): This family comedy set in the 1980s stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!) and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as parents who love their three kids so much, they can't bear to see them grow up. Since I like both actors as well as co-star George Segal, I would tune in.

Lorimer (HBO): Jonathan Groff stars as one of three thirtysomething friends living in San Francisco who grapple with all the options and complexities of the modern gay experience. Mr. Groff, gay - I'm in.

The McCarthys (CBS): Although I haven't been a fan of CBS comedies since the 1970s (Maude, Mary, Rhoda), I'm willing to give this one a chance because two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) is one of the stars - and it revolves around a gay son in a sports-crazed Irish-Catholic Boston family.

Mom (CBS): Here is another CBS comedy that strikes my fancy. It's about a newly sober single mom (Anna Faris) who tries to pull her life together as a waitress in Napa Valley - and it co-stars the always delightful Allison Janney as Faris' mother.

Murder in Manhattan (ABC): This hourlong dramedy stars the fabulous Annie Potts and Bridget Regan as a mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths in NYC. I'm hoping it might be like a funny Murder, She Wrote.

The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (NBC): How can you resist a show with such a fun - and rhyming - title? This dramatic soap is about the secrets and lies of three suburban California couples that are exposed in the aftermath of a murder.

Super Fun Night (ABC): I would watch anything that the hilarious Rebel Wilson is in - at least for one episode. She plays one of three nerdy female friends who want to have “super fun” every Friday night.

To My Future Assistant (FOX): This comedy revolves around the assistants at a big New York law firm and their obnoxious, overbearing bosses. I'm only tuning in for the wonderful Catherine O’Hara.

Westside (ABC): This soap is about a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between two rival families as they battle for control of California's most seductive city, Venice. And it stars Jennifer Beals! I'm so there.

We will find out next month whether any of the above series get picked up when the networks reveal their 2013-14 schedules. Below you can vote for which shows you're hoping to see next season (choose as many as you want).

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