Which Pilots Are Likely to Get Series Orders?

May 5, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Which projects among the current crop of TV pilots are likely to be picked up to series? In one assessment of the latest batch of projects, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed has a rundown of the 10 pilots most likely to land a time slot in the 2014-15 schedule.

The piece notes that there aren’t as many clear leaders on the comedy side as in drama, given that many of the current sitcom projects “tend to have a similar premise.”

ABC’s “Keep it Together” zoomed to the top of the network’s list of pilots after a screening of the comedy for executives, the report notes. It stars Kevin Hart as a middle-class black man struggling to raise his kids.

“How to Get Away With Murder,” also from ABC, is a “sexy and suspense-driven legal thriller” that stars Viola Davis and comes from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, the piece reports. If it’s picked up, Rhimes would have three shows on air, with "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy."

Fox’s “Gotham” “instantly became a frontrunner to land on the network's schedule” when it was announced, and remains strong, while the network’s comedy “Cabot College” is one of the season’s more original comedy concepts, the story notes. “Cabot College” comes from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and may end up as one of Fox’s two or three comedy pickups.

CBS’s “CSI” spinoff is getting a lot of buzz, with Patricia Arquette receiving positive reviews in her return to network television, the story notes. Also at CBS, “How I Met Your Dad,” a comedy spinoff from “How I Met Your Mother,” is likely to receive a series order.

At the CW, “The Flash” — a spinoff of the network’s “Arrow” — is likely already on the schedule. Its star, Grant Gustin, earned positive reviews for his appearance as the superhero in two episodes of “Arrow” this season.

Also at the CW is “iZombie,” about a female medical student who is now a zombie and takes a job at a coroner’s office so that she can get access to the brains she needs to eat. The drama is from Rob Thomas of “Veronica Mars.”

NBC, meanwhile, is likely to order “Mysteries of Laura,” based on a Spanish-language drama and starring Debra Messing. The project is a procedural about a homicide detective who juggles a complex family while solving crimes.

NBC is also likely to order “Marry Me,” the frontrunner among the network’s 18 comedies. The project is about a couple, played by Ken Marino and Casey Wilson, who get engaged but realize that “it’s harder than it looks,” the story notes.

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