Do They Give Marks for Effort?
The last entry in this series will focus on NBC, which I think has the most to prove if you don’t count the success of The Voice.
About a Boy (Comedy)
Based on the book and subsequent 2002 film starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, the single-cam comedy centers on the relationship between a man-child and the young boy who moves in next door.
The next door aspect might be enough to set this apart. I like that Jason Katims is behind it as well.
After Hours (Drama)
Follows a team of doctors and nurses working the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center.
It already has some interesting cast - Brigid Brannagh, Brendan Fehr and Freddy Rodriguez being the ones I would watch for, but not sure about the execs’ pedigree - the 90120 part (the Freaks and Geeks part is a plus, but long ago)
A fast-moving comedy centered on an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague/work husband and her real life fiancé.
This is from partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. They must, must cast a strong woman in this or it won’t work.
The Blacklist (Drama)
The world’s most wanted criminal suddenly turns himself in and offers to give up anyone he’s ever worked with. The catch: He’ll only work with a new FBI agent, one with whom he has no known connection.
This will also depend on casting, but has a strong story element I think.
Donor Party (Comedy)
A New Normal-esque ensemble comedy about an irresponsible man forced to grow up when he discovers he has children resulting from his days as a sperm donor.
While a storyline in everything from Law and Order to ER, it’s almost surprising nobody had thought of making it the entire basis of the show yet.
The Gates (Comedy)
Based on the British series, the single-cam comedy is set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and the 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day.
Again, I have never heard of or seen the British version. I suppose there really is a lot of material there. It will be interesting to see how they’ll keep it going.
Girlfriend in a Coma (Comedy)
Based on a Douglas Coupland novel, the single-cam comedy centers on a 34-year-old woman who wakes from a coma only to discover she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she never knew about.
New from Dick Wolf (and others). More women on TV. And one in her 30s!
Hatfields & McCoys (Drama)
Set in present-day Pittsburgh. When a startling death re-ignites the two clans’ legendary battles, the blue collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city.
But will it work without Kevin Costner? Oh my.
Holding Patterns (Comedy)
A multi-cam comedy about a group of friends whose lives are altered after surviving a plane crash.
Yep. Because nothing says comedy like a plane crash. I could be wrong, but to NBC I say - “Prove it!”
I Am Victor (Drama)
Based on the upcoming Jo Nesbo novel by the same name, the potential series features Victor Port, a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships.
This will make me laugh every time because of a story that has nothing to do with TV and maybe only four people know. But in terms of overall success, I would think it will all come down to casting.
Joe, Joe and Jane (Comedy)
An author is caught in an ongoing war between two needy, flawed people — his wife and his co-author/BFF — in the multi-cam project.
I have a hard time getting behind any project in which a female character is described as needy as it almost always weakens the character. This will go on my Prove It list.
ETA: Sally Pressman from Army Wives is, duh, the wife, and the BFF the adorable Dave Annable from Brothers and Sisters.
The Sixth Gun (Drama)
Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the supernatural western examines six mythical guns that each have their own otherworldly powers.
Even if this is well made, I think there will be a problem scheduling it.
The multi-cam project centers on a group of young friends dubbed the “Undateables” whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world.
More from Bill Lawrence. Should be enough for me. Again.
Untitled DJ Nash/Jason Bateman Project (Comedy)
The single-camera sitcom centers on a son who idolizes his blind father and enjoys his mom’s newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and ultimately grow closer.
Sounds like it has the potential to be delightfully wacky.
Untitled Greg Daniels/Owen Ellickson Project (Comedy)
A talented musician (Robinson) with rough edges adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms.
Um. The Steve Harvey Show. Anyone?
Untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick Project (Comedy)
Centers on a group of friends in their 20s navigating the trials and tribulations of dating. The pilot focuses on bright eyed and vulnerable Matthew, being pushed by his three best friends to get back on the dating horse.
Ugh. Twentysomethings and their dating trials and tribulations? Bored already.
Untitled J.J. Abrams/Alfonso Cuaron (Drama)
Follows an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
I like the idea of a female lead and her protector being someone you’re expected to not trust or like. Unless of course he was falsely convicted.
Untitled Lorne Michaels/John Mulaney Project (Comedy)
The multi-camera project is based loosely on Mulaney’s life and will follow a group of young people and their hijinks.
I don’t know who he is and I don’t think many people will. They need to go the Seinfeld route and get him a strong supporting cast.
Untitled Rand Ravich Project (Drama)
Examines what happens when an unlikely puppeteer pulls Washington’s elite — including the President of the United States — into an international conspiracy.
Not enough info here, although the phrase “unlikely puppeteer” causes a slight wrinkle in my brow.
Untitled Jessica Simpson Project (Comedy)
The pilot presentation for the potential multi-cam series is inspired by the fashion magnate, pop singer, Weight Watchers spokeswoman and former Newlywed.
Again, this will require a solid, Seinfeld-esque cast to work.
Untitled Michael J. Fox Project (Comedy)
The single-cam comedy is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
This is already fully cast which a 22 episode order, which makes me hungry to see it.
Untitled Victor Fresco Project (Comedy)
A multi-cam sitcom about a man attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss.
Sean Hayes is cast in this, which makes me hope he’s the “man” and not the boss.
Welcome to the Family (Comedy)
In the single-cam comedy, cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy.
Is this Rob Schneider’s show re-tooled? Casting and scheduling will be key in whether I watch this or not.
Anything in all this catch your eye?