10 Promising Pilots: New Shows from Eddie Murphy, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon and Rebel Wilson
Before the networks unveil their fall lineups this month, TVGuide.com's Natalie Abrams poured over nearly 100 broadcast scripts, narrowing the contenders down to the 10 most promising pilots:
About a Boy (NBC)
Summary: Based on the Nick Hornsby novel and Hugh Grant film, a loutish bachelor (Walton) finds his priorities in life shifting after he befriends the awkward son (Benjamin Stockham) of his neighbor (Driver).
Why it has a shot: It already has a built-in fan base, which will make NBC's job easier. Plus: The network is hot on Katims, after giving Parenthood a full 22-episode season.
Summary: An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evildoers who covet her power, among them Skouras (McLachlan), a mysterious billionaire.
Why we like it: The script was bursting with what will likely turn into visually stunning shots and effects at the hands of Cuaron.
Why it has a shot: The pedigree alone should be enough to land this drama a spot on the network's schedule, especially since Abrams' Bad Robot gave NBC its only bona fide hit last season with Revolution.
Beverly Hills Cop (CBS)
Summary: In a sorta-sequel to the movie franchise, the police officer son (Jackson) of Axel Foley (Murphy) patrols the rich and famous of Beverly Hills under the leadership of Lahti's Captain Chernick.
Why we like it: Axel Foley's young son is just as hilarious - if not more so - than his legendary pops!
Why it has a shot: Even those who never saw the original films will be attracted to the lavish, gritty world of California's sunshine-noir. Plus: CBS isn't likely to pass up the opportunity to bring Murphy back to TV.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Summary: A group of detectives - including Samberg, Braugher and Crews - form an odd family in a police precinct in an outermost neighborhood of New York City.
Why it has a shot: Schur, Goor and Samberg all know comedy cold.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Summary: It's based on Marvel Universe's fictional and secret law-enforcement agency, Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate.
Why we like it: An action-packed thrill ride that resurrects Agent Coulson (Gregg) and introduces Ming-Na as a steely new agent? Count us in!
Summary: A newly sober single mom (Faris) - who blames her own mother (Janney) for her issues - tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley.
Why we like it: True to form,Lorre doesn't skimp on the schadenfreude as Faris' hot mess Christy enables our own feelings of superiority.
Why it has a shot: It's doubtful CBS will say no to Lorre, who has given the network three hit series (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theoryand Mike & Molly). Plus: The chemistry between Faris and Janney is sure to be undeniable.
Oxygen (The CW)
Summary: An epic romance ignites between a human girl (Teegarden) and an alien boy (Lanter) when he and eight others of his kind start attending high school in the suburbs.
Why we like it: It feels like District 9-meets-Romeo and Juliet.
Why it has a shot: Sure, it's a Roswell-esque drama about aliens, but at its core, it's a high school love story - something at which The CW excels. Plus: 90210's Lanter and Friday Night Lights' Teegarden have valuable name recognition.
Summary: Kinnear stars as a brilliant, charming defense attorney whose biggest challenges exist outside the courtroom - he owes money to the IRS and a bookie, he's juggling overlapping affairs, and he has a cranky kid and an exhausted ex-wife (Otto).
Why we like it: It's not your typical legal series: Kinnear's character is at times more depraved than his clients, and watching his constant recalibration of his moral compass is intriguing.
Tomorrow People (The CW)
Summary: Based on the U.K. series of the same name, it's the story of a group of young people from around the globe - List and Amell among them - who represent the next stage in human evolution and possess special powers like teleportation and telepathy. They work together to defeat the forces of evil. Genre stable Pellegrino (Lost, Revolution, Supernatural) plays the villain.
Why we like it: It's the promise that Heroes never quite fulfilled, combined with the CW's special talent for eye candy. Plus: What a great companion show for Arrow.
Why it has a shot: Ordering People to series would expand the network's relationship with Plec and Berlanti, two of the network's most valuable players.
Which of these pilots sounds the most promising to you?
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