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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jamie Lee Curtis will be screaming on your TV this fall (and 27 other possible shows)

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 28 possible shows, and 15 of them were ordered to series:

The Club: This upstairs/downstairs soap starring John Stamos received a new name - Members Only - but ABC canceled it before its premiere.

The Comedians: This FX sitcom, which stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, began airing on April 9.

Empire: This Fox family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire was the biggest hit of the season, and it will return for a second season this fall.

Grace and Frankie: This Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will premiere on May 8.

Gracepoint: This pointless Fox remake of the British drama, Broadchurch, was not renewed for a second season.

Madam Secretary: This CBS drama starring Tea Leoni as a female Secretary of State didn't do much for me, but it was renewed for a second season.

The McCarthys: This CBS sitcom wasted the comedic talents of Laurie Metcalf and flopped in the ratings. Although not officially canceled, it's doubtful the show will be renewed.

Mulaney: The critics hated this Fox sitcom, which was canceled.

The Mysteries of Laura: For Debra Messing's sake, I hope this dismal NBC show is canceled because she deserves much better.

The Odd Couple: Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon are both talented actors, but neither of them can fill the big shoes of Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in this reboot of the classic sitcom. However, CBS might renew it for a second season.

One Big Happy: This sitcom has received negative reviews and bad ratings, so I would be surprised if NBC renews it.

Secrets & Lies: Despite its hunky star Ryan Phillippe, I tuned out after the first episode - but ABC may give it a second season.

Tooken (NBC): This NBC sitcom received a new title (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), a new home (Netflix) and rave reviews - and it will return for a second season.

Younger: I like this TV Land comedy starring Sutton Foster, and it has been renewed for a second season.

Your Family or Mine: This TBS sitcom, which stars JoBeth Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Cynthia Stevenson and Angela Kinsey, began airing on April 7.

So here is my list of series that may or may not appear on your television during the 2015-16 season:

Adversaries (ABC): This comedic family drama stars Terry O'Quinn and Christine Lahti as the patriarch and matriarch of a New York City legal dynasty.

All Stars (ABC): This sitcom stars Greg Grunberg, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Megan Hilty, who plays a Tony Award-winning actress who gives up Broadway to raise her son in the suburbs.

Chevy (ABC): Chevy Chase reunites with his National Lampoon's Vacation co-star Beverly D'Angelo in this sitcom, in which they play a retired couple who are left to raise their three grandchildren.

The Cosmopolitans (Amazon): Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny star in writer/director Whit Stillman's dramatic comedy about a group of young American expatriates searching for love and friendship in contemporary Paris.

The Curse of the Fuentes Women (NBC): This drama, which stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Sonia Braga, is about a magical and mysterious young man who emerges from the ocean to breathe new passion into the lives of the Fuentes women.

Delores & Jermaine (ABC): Whoopi Goldberg plays an outspoken grandmother in this unorthodox buddy comedy.

The Devil You Know (HBO): Eddie Izzard and James Marsters star in this Salem Witch Trials drama from Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan.

Family Fortune (ABC): Annie Potts plays the mother of a young lesbian (comedian Fortune Feimster) in the town of Belmont, North Carolina, in this sitcom.

The Grinder (Fox): Rob Lowe and Fred Savage play brothers in this sitcom, which also stars William Devane as their father.

Life In Pieces (CBS): This family sitcom stars Colin Hanks, Dianne Wiest and James Brolin.

Living On Video (HBO): This comedy from director David Fincher (Gone Girl) revolves around the players of the music video industry in 1983 Los Angeles.

Love Is a Four Letter Word (NBC): Race, sexuality and gender roles collide when three diverse couples put modern marriage to the test in this drama.

Mamma Dallas (HBO): This comedy follows a conservative Texas family who unwittingly hire a hard-living drag queen as their live-in nanny.

Mix (ABC): This dramedy explores the realities of modern-day families — multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions — set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads. Sharon Lawrence and Sam Page star.

Original Sin (ABC): This drama about a politician’s son who returns to his family after disappearing over a decade earlier stars Alison Pill, Andrew McCarthy, Joan Allen, Rupert Graves and Zach Gilford.

The Real O'Neals (ABC): Loosely based on the life of gay activist and author Dan Savage, this sitcom stars Martha Plimpton as the matriarch of a Chicago family whose favorite son reveals that he's gay (this sounds very similar to CBS's The McCarthys, but hopefully it will be better).

Roadies (Showtime): Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Luke Wilson star in this drama from Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) about the crew members of a touring rock band.

Salem Rogers (Amazon): This comedy stars Leslie Bibb as a former supermodel who is forced to re-enter the real world after ten years in a posh rehab center. The always amusing Rachel Dratch plays her former assistant.

Studio City (Fox): This dramedy tells the story of a young singer's path to stardom while living with her songwriter father/drug dealer to the stars (played by Eric McCormack). Heather Graham and Chris Daughtry co-star.

Untitled Sarah Silverman Pilot (HBO): This comedy stars Silverman as a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis. Jack Davenport and Kerri Kenney co-star.

When We Rise (ABC): From writer/executive producer Dustin Lance Black comes this drama, which chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse group of men and women as they participate in the movement for equal rights for the LGBT community.

And here are some series that have already been picked up:

Difficult People (Hulu): This comedy stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as best friends living in New York City whose irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations.

Divorce (HBO): Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam and Thomas Haden Church star in this comedy about a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage.

The Get Down (Netflix): From director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) comes this drama, which tells the mythic saga of a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers in 1970s New York City who changed the city and the world with their music of hip-hop, punk and disco.

History of Music (HBO): Set in 1970s New York, this series explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out. Andrew "Dice" Clay, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano star (this sounds similar to The Get Down, doesn't it?).

Scream Queens (Fox): Fifteen episodes have already been ordered of this new comedy-horror anthology series from Ryan Murphy, which revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders. The show stars Abigail Breslin, Ariana Grande, Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele and Nick Jonas.

Telenovela (NBC): Thirteen episodes have already been ordered of this comedy, which stars Eva Longoria as the diva star of a popular Spanish telenovela.

Twin Peaks (Showtime): Although creator David Lynch has quit this limited series over budget issues, fans (including myself) are still hoping that this nine-episode sequel to the 1990-91 cult classic will get made.

Untitled Woody Allen Project (Amazon): The Academy Award-winning director will write and direct his first television series.

We will find out next month which series get selected when the networks reveal their 2015-16 schedules. Below you can vote for which shows you would watch (choose as many as you want).


Ian in Toronto said...

Original Sin has been renamed the Family and it has been picked up, to air this fall. It looks REALLY good. And you've made a booboo with Telenovella - is it on NBC or ABC?

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for catching that mistake, Ian, Telenovela - which has been renamed Hot & Bothered - will be on NBC next season.