US TV Pilots of 2013-2014
The end of spring and the start of summer is a familiar time for many in US television shows – it’s predominately the period where US TV shows air their finales before they go on hiatus over the summer, and it’s the time for pick-ups, cancellations and for new TV pilots to be commissioned. This year was no different, and as I waited patiently for my favourite shows to hopefully get another season (all 5 that I religiously watch got picked up again), I also was intrigued to see what new pilots the major TV networks had in store for us come September. Here are just a few that I’m excited to try:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Joss Whedon helps bring Marvel to the small screen in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which also sees Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), come back from the dead. It’s still shrouded in secrecy why and how he is still alive, but the preview already looks great, and it unites two of my favourite things – the Marvel universe and Joss Whedon’s wit and banter.
This new crime thriller starring James Spader looks brilliant, psychologically intense and with a hint of Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, it looks like it could be a hit
The 100 – midseason
This isn’t appearing until midseason but the trailers are already out for this sci-fi drama and again it looks strong. The CW is perhaps a strange network for this futuristic drama to be put on, but the cast look relatively young and cute so hopefully the network will be good for this show.
Josh Holloway, best known as Sawyer on Lost is back on out TV screens. I’d say that was a definite reason to watch. Add the involvement of Marg Helgenberger (best known for CSI) and a great storyline and again you’re onto a winner. Sadly this won’t appear til midseason again.
The new J.J. Abram’s TV show starring Karl Urban, it’s based around a future where artificial intelligence helps law enforcement. This starts in November, but has come across some problems recently when its show runner left the project for creative differences. I still have hopes for this though – Karl Urban turns anything into gold.
Jonathan Rhys Myers is the latest incarnate of Dracula in this new adaptation of the most famous vampire in this NBC drama. It looks sleek, stylish and has a great cast including Katie McGrath (Merlin).
The Crazy Ones
Robin Williams is finally brought to TV in this new comedy and he’s brought Sarah Michelle Gellar with him! After Gellar’s last show was cancelled after the first season, I’m hoping this goes better for her (I did really like Ringer). It looks alright, I’ll watch purely for Gellar, and hope it’s great.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
The spin-off from Once Upon a Time, this brings us into the world of Wonderland with a bunch of other fairytale characters, and ABC will be hoping that this can generate the same fanbase as the original.
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Period drama for the CW which reminds me of Gossip Girl but historical style. It looks okay, I’ll certainly give it a go but it’s not high on my list.
ABC comedy as a group of people who are in a lottery sweepstake together suddenly win and their lives change forever.
The Tomorrow People
The CW are re-launching this old sci-fi show and it looks really good; the extended trailer is really intriguing and asks questions but answers a lot of them. This is probably one of my top picks – I just really hope it lives up.
The child actor for this series looks like a great young talent, and it’s another sci-fi drama for the books. Again this doesn’t start until around midseason so I’ll be looking out for it to start.
Back in the Game
Another ABC comedy, a single mother who moves with her child becomes a coach of a lesser little league team so that all the kids can have a go at playing baseball. It looks funny, the trailer certainly made me chuckle.
Crisis = midseason
Gillian Anderson stars in this tense midseason thriller; a group of young students who all appear to come from important families are kidnapped as families become embroiled in blackmail outside as law enforcement try to figure out who is behind it.
A new drama about a woman who cheats on her husband, which seems to be the least of her worries as she finds out the man she’s been having an affair with will soon be facing off with her husband in a court room. It looks quite good, I’m intrigued by it already.
Welcome to the Family
Fox’s new comedy about two families that are brought together when their children start dating and the young couple become pregnant. Starring Mike O’Malley (Kurt’s dad in Glee) this looks like a funny comedy.
CBS drama which sees a family been taking hostage as the baddies attempt to convince a woman who’s operating on the President to kill him, botching the operation in order to save her family. It stars Toni Collette as the surgeon and I’m interested to see how the show will progress.
Most start within the next week, and I’m going to be a busy bunny, but I’m determined to give these shows at least a go, and hopefully I’ll pick up a few other TV shows to watch.
Agent Ward: I’m clearance level 6. I know that Agent Coulson was killed in action, before the battle of New York
Agent Coulson: (walks out) Welcome to Level 7