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Based Only on the Information Given, Which of these 9 TV Pilots Would You Most Likely Watch?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 19, 2012 | Comments ()


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Untitled Project (CBS) -- Steve Coogan will star as one of three dads with children from the same mother.

Legends (TNT) -- Brendan Fraser stars as Martin Odum (Fraser), a deep-cover operative who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job.

Finding Love (Lifetime) -- A series based on The Day I Shot Cupid, Jennifer Love Hewitt's bestselling book in which she offers tips on romance in a comical and honest way based on her own dating experiences.

Rev (ABC) -- Bob Daily, the showrunner of "Desperate Housewives," is remaking this British series about a priest from a small rural parish who becomes the vicar of an inner-city London church.

Triptank (Comedy Central) -- An amalgamation of animated comedy shorts created by a varied list of creators, including Zach Galifianakis, Larry David, and Bob Oedenkirk.

Untitled Sitcom (Fox) -- A Mike Schur ("Parks and Recreation") single camera sitcom about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City that is set to star Andy Samberg.

I Love You Like a Brother (CBS) -- "Entourage's" Kevin Connelly stars in this family sitcom as the youngest of three brothers who tries to make his dysfunctional family see the error of their ways.

Socio (ABC Family) -- Socio centers on Danny Ryder (Avan Jogia), a kid who comes home after five years in prison for the murder of his aunt when he was 11. Denise Richards will play the mother.

The Strain (FX) -- Based on Chuck Hogan's novels, the pilot will be exec produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro. Here's a synopsis: "When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Centers for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event - an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness."

Sirens (USA) -- A Denis Leary half-hour comedy that will follow three of Chicago's top EMTs whose occasionally self-loathing, sometimes narcissistic and constantly self-destructive personalities make them poor choices for relationships, friendships and most careers. However, they are great at saving lives.



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  • Morgan_LaFai

    Sirens is also a UK remake, though that has probably been mentioned already. Personally I think I would watch the Brendan Fraser one cause though I don't think he has the acting chops to pull it off, I think it would be hilarious to see him try.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Sirens - Denis Leary plus self-loathing, narcissism and self-destruction = win.

    Also, how many hyphenated "self-" words before saying "narcissism" is redundant?

  • No, no, NO, Michael Schur. You stay focused on Parks and Rec, dammit. Don't McFarlane that shit.

  • Renton

    Rev was an excellent little sitcom. It was a well drawn show, full of pathos and kindness. I can't imagine the US one keeping the undercurrent of depression and doubt though. I imagine it will turn out more like the Vicar of Dibley in execution.

  • A Mike Schur (“Parks and Recreation”) single camera sitcom
    Oooh, I love him! He's an excellent writer/showrunner.

    about a diverse group of detectives
    Like a funny version of "Law & Order," maybe? Hmmm... I'm intrigued.

    in a precinct at the very edge of New York City
    NYC? Ugh. How original... not so sure now...

    that is set to star Andy Samberg.
    ABORT! ABORT!

  • Semilitterate

    9 more please these all look like they bite big time

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The Strain.

  • Quatermain

    All of those shows sound retarded, except for The Strain, which was a decent books. Although to be honest, I'll admit to being willing to watch Jennifer Love Hewitt read the phone book as long as she kept taking deep breaths.

  • Better question: Which one of these sounds the least like a parody of a tv pilot?

  • Rocabarra

    When skimming through these brief summaries, for the Sirens write-up I accidentally mashed "relationships" with "friendships" and got "refrigerators" somehow.
    I would totally watch a show about EMTs who are concerned about their choices of refrigerator. Now THAT'S unique television programming!

  • Gabs

    I was all about The Strain... and then the last sentence came along.

  • longcoat000

    Am I the only one who thinks "Finding Love" should be either:

    1) A syndicated Groundhog Day remake, only JLH starts taking wackier and more desperate attempts to find "the one", in-between losing various guys, girls, and the occasional falling piano accident.

    or

    2) A remake of Quantum Leap, where she hops into various dating situations and has to figure out how to make it work (in between falling piano accidents)?

  • Jezzer

    I think "Untitled Project" is the perfect title for such a generic sitcom premise.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I can't be the only one to whom the title "The Strain" sounds like a show about intestinal distress.

  • Miley's Virus

    I thought it was going to be a sequel of Pumping Iron

  • $27019454

    TOTALLY my first thought.

  • Mrs. Julien

    MY SISTER!

  • Kaetian

    Rev will be ruined.

  • sean

    This is a trick question right? Any answer other than The Strain, and we are ridiculed?

  • TheOtherGreg

    1. Meh
    2. Meh
    etc.

  • Green Lantern

    "Ephraim Goodweather"? Seriously?

    Why not "Rob Roy Fingerhead"??

  • Gina

    Socio sounds like the most interesting of those. I haven't seen any shows with that premise before.

    Triptank might also be interesting.

  • Lindzgrl

    Isn't Legends almost the exact same plot concept as Alias?

  • John G.

    You had me at Steve Coogan. I didn't read the rest. That's all I need to know.

  • None of them. Even The Strain sounds like a movie rather than a series.

  • Samantha Klein

    Where's the Jason Dohring/Sky High pilot? 'Cause I'd watch that one.

  • athena23

    "Bob Daily, the showrunner of “Desperate Housewives,” is remaking this British series about a priest from a small rural parish who becomes the vicar of an inner-city London church."

    How...how will this even work? Does not compute...it's a complete cultural difference. Look at The Vicar of Dubley--that would just not work as The Deacon of [name of small town in America here]. Do they not get that British comedies are funny because they are BRITISH comedies? Oy, this makes me cranky...

  • Leelee

    I have two questions:
    1. Is anyone admitting that Sirens is a copy of the UK show Sirens that came out last year (and was brilliant)?
    2. Will the American version have the balls to keep the first episode title of 'Up, Horny, Down'?

    Seriously though... anyone wanting to see Richard Madden (aka Robb Stark) as a ragingly attractive gay paramedic, get to watching Sirens (UK).

  • Nipsy

    Seconded. Sirens (UK) was hilarious. But I highly doubt that the US version would show as much of Ashley's (Richard Madden's character) internet searches - let alone as much of Ashley - as the original did.

  • BWeaves

    Untitled Project (CBS) — Steve Coogan will star as one of three dads with children from the same mother.

    I just don't find Steve Coogan amusing. I'm not sure he "gets" Americans, as much as he'd like to.

    For example: Hamlet 2

    1. Americans don't know who Hamlet is.
    2. Rock Me Sexy Jesus. Good song, but Middle America doesn't like it when you make fun of the Jesus.
    3. Americans think Steve Coogan is a lesbian. Just look at him. Hair flip. Purse lips. Stop with the pink lip balm, already.

  • melissa82

    Well I, an American, love his hysterical lesbian ass. (And I recommend you never come to my house as I am generally forcing someone to watch Hamlet 2)

  • Guest

    Coogan? I'm in. I even loved Saxondale.

  • Groundloop

    Saxondale was fantastic! How can you not love a show about an aging roadie working as an exterminator who can't seem to go 5 minutes without mentioning the Mighty Jethro Tull or Isambard Kingdom Brunel?

    But as Kate noted up-thread, CBS bad.

  • Guest

    It truly was great. I don't get the generally meh reviews it inspired.

    CBS--hell, ABC, I'll at least eyeball the pilot if SC's in it, on principle.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    While Hogan's and del Toro's books didn't really offer anything innovative on the genre, at least the vampires were actually hideous monsters and not, you know, sequined douche bags with hair elegantly styled with unicorn ejaculate.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    There was nothing really new about the books, but there were some genuinely chilling passages. This is the only one I will watch.

  • dizzylucy

    "Mike Schur" is enough to get me to give a show a chance. The rest sound either horrible (like SNL parody material but for real) or like a rip off of something else.

  • Needs more Abe Vigoda.

  • Artemis

    That one had me until I got to the part where it stars Andy Samberg. Outside of his (admittedly brilliant) digital shorts, he makes me want to punch myself in the face until I pass out.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Isn't taking dating advice from Jennifer Love Hewitt kind of like taking batting practice with Michael Jordan?

  • TK

    No, it's like taking batting practice with Babe Ruth's corpse. He was great once, but now he's dead and useless.

  • Wembley

    The Strain. Probably give Legends a look. The others? Probably take a full-body cast and the remote just out of reach.

  • Kate

    Steve Coogan good. CBS bad.

    Legends sounds so, so stupid, but I'll always root for Brendan Fraser.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt has a best-selling book? That's upsetting.

    STOP remaking British TV shows. Seriously it works like 1 out of 100 times. What idiot keeps saying yes to these things.

    Triptank might be worth a watch, if only for Larry David's input.

    Mike Schur's tempting, but Andy Samberg's only mildly enjoyable in very small doses.

    Who exactly thought it would be a good idea to give Blandy McDoucheface (Kevin Connelly) his own show?

    Socio was sounding interesting right up until Denise Richards.

    The Strain could be great, could be a pile of crap, but I'll definitely be watching the first ep.

    As for Sirens, swap EMT for fire fighter and you have Rescue Me, but I loved that show so I'll be watching.

  • Blake

    As for Sirens, swap EMT for fire fighter and you have Rescue Me, but I loved that show so I'll be watching.

    My thoughts exactly...

  • Green Lantern

    Mine too.

    Except I never watched "Rescue Me", but this sounds like the sitcom version...with ambulances.

  • Arran

    And swap firefighter for cop and you have The Job.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Sirens just because of Denis Leary? Probably.

    Either that or The Strain, but I would think The Strain is pretty un-filmable.

    FSM above, the rest all look really terrible.

  • Inter Milan Kundera

    Triptank is basically a modernization of Shorties Watching Shorties, which never should have been terminated. So that one.
    I'm iffy on The Strain but willing to give it a shot.

  • lowercase_ryan

    The Mike Shur comedy and The Strain

  • Forbiddendonut

    Yeah, probably "The Strain", but I highly doubt I'd watch any of them.

  • TK

    Leading with the Steve Coogan one is unfair. It renders the rest of them moot.

    OK, fine, I'll consider the Del Toro one, too.

  • JenVegas

    The books are good...ish? Sort of. I still don't think we need any more stupid vampires on TV.

  • Seany D

    The Strain, please!

  • ERM

    The blurb for Socio sounded interesting until I saw it would air on ABC Family.

  • athena23

    I'm more puzzled than anything. For some reason, it reads to me as if this is to be a comedy. But that's not particularly funny material they are working with. I haz a confused.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Legends (TNT) — Brendan Fraser stars as Martin Odum (Fraser), a deep-cover operative who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job.

    I hope against hope it involves a series of highly improbable wigs.

  • BWeaves

    Actually, I thought it really doesn't star Brendan Fraser. It just starts with him listening to a recording about his next job, which then self destructs. He's then played by a different actor for the rest of the episode. Last scene involves him peeling off the other actor's face.

    Or am I thinking or Mission Impossible: The Leonard Nimoy Years?

  • $27019454

    Martin Landau?

  • Weird; how's he gonna manage to transform into different people within one show when I've never seen him transform into anything other than Brendan Fraser, no matter what the role?

  • TK

    zing like a motherfucker.

  • Thank you. Thankyouverymuch.

  • TK

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Quantum Leap called, and they'd like their gimmick back.

    Sincerely,

    What the Fuck, People

  • lowercase_ryan

    also: The Pretender.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Also, Alias

  • space_oddity

    Or Dollhouse.

  • Blake

    Or The Master of Disguise...

  • Guest

    Or Who's Harry Crumb?

  • TK

    Zartan is gonna be pissed, too.

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