The 7 Stupidest-Sounding Premises for the Comedy Pilots of 2013. Oh, How the Buffy Have Fallen.

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By Jodi Clager | Trade News | May 9, 2013 | Comments ()


I understand that plots can sound so much worse than they actually are when describing a series. I mean, "Game of Thrones" could be described as a 'medieval sort of society fighting for control of the kingdom" and be technically correct while still sounding lamer than it really is. So just because these 7 pilots sound really, really terrible doesn't mean they will be terrible. It's really likely, but maybe 5% unlikely. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the information that broke my spirit and Britney Spears for being my spirit gif animal.

"The Crazy Gene" on ABC
Starring: Kelly Preston, Jane Seymour, Ashley Williams, Ella Anderson, Steve Talley, Isaac White, Haley Lu Richardson, and Rhys Darby.

Kelly Preston comes from a family full of thieves and low-life scum, but she's the family outcast. Her clean living is shunned by her relatives. Everything changes when her brother is sent to prison and Preston's character decides to raise his kids along with her adopted African-American child.

It's a single camera sitcom that will probably be filled with gems such as: Teaching kids not to steal! Learning what family really means! Probably something related to being white trash! The fun never starts!


"Spy" on ABC
Starring: Rob Corddry, Paget Brewster, Nat Faxon, Ken Jeong, Moshe Kasher, Camille Guaty, and Mason Cook.

Corddry plays a father who yearns to make his son proud since they are such opposites. Through what I assume will likely be shenanigans and goings on, Corddry inadvertently takes a job with the Secret Service!

What. Suspending disbelief that one can just accidentally land such a high profile and important job, the premise still sounds idiotic. You don't know how to connect with your son so you find a job to define you? How is this funny? This is why we can't have nice things.

"Crazy Ones" on CBS
Starring: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, and Amanda Setton.

Williams and Michelle Gellar portray a father and daughter duo that work together in advertising.

I don't need to explain the terrible here, right?


"Dads" on Fox

Starring: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song, Peter Riegert, Martin Mull, Tonita Castro, and Vanessa Lachey. From Seth MacFarlane.

Green and Ribisi are successful thirty-somethings who have their lives upended when their terrible dads move in with them.

Since, you know, you can't just say no to someone wanting to move in with you and cockblock your rockin' bachelor lifestyle. This series has actually already been given a 6 episode order.


"I Suck At Girls" on FOX (Publisher's Note: This one was also picked up yesterday for 13 episodes, although they changed the name to "Surviving Jack.")

Starring: Christopher Meloni, Alex Kapp Horner, Connor Buckley, Claudia Lee, Kevin Hernandez, and Tyler Foden.

The logline is, I sh*t you not, "Based on Justin Halpern's book I Suck at Girls, it's a story about a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google."


"The McCarthys" on CBS

Starring: Jacki Weaver, Jack McGee, Jake Lacy, Joey McIntyre, Jessica Chaffin, and Jimmy Dunn.

This show is about a family in Boston that's hanging tough and crazy about sports. Maybe they'll have the right stuff and blow your mind, step by step.

It has all the ingredients to become stereotypical crap. Plus, Joey McIntyre.


"Bad Management" on ABC
Starring: Sharon Horgan, David Spade, Rachael Harris, Greta Lee, EJ Bonilla, Alan Thicke, and Bradley Dodds.

This 'comedy' takes place in a fancy-pants department store where manager Sharon Horgan is the self-centered manager. Then the boss' son, David Spade, shows up and gets his patented smarm all over everything.

David. Spade.


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  • e jerry powell

    For as much as I would appreciate Chris Meloni's naked ass back to television, I just can't with this.

    And Robin Williams back on a sitcom? On CBS? Really?

  • Just throwing this out there "Surviving Jack" (formerly I Suck at Girls) is balls to the walls fantastic. I've read it. I love it so much.

  • hasta

    I mean, I know... but totes amazeballs.

  • Jim Slemaker

    C'mon TV: SOMEONE make a series of David Sedaris' "Santa Land". Netflix, it's right up your alley.

  • Zen

    Oh Brit. Now I remember why I previously thought you were such a cutie; you have zero poker face and it's adorable.

  • Tinkerville

    Paget Brewster kills it in Thrilling Adventure Hour's Beyond Belief (if you don't listen to that podcast then shame on you for eternity), so I'll watch her in anything. And since Rob Corddry was utterly delightful as a father in the movie Butter, I will be giving Spy a chance. The rest? Not so much.

  • Lindsey Gregory

    Hi.Can this be a regular thing please? Oh and do it with movies. Thanks!

  • DominaNefret

    The way SMG's shirt is falling in that header pic makes it look like her right arm has been amputated above the elbow.

  • Guest

    Sorry Pilot Descriptions tell you nothing...

    Example - Community:

    An ex-lawyer is forced to return to community college to get a degree.
    However, he tries to use the skills he learned as a lawyer to get the
    answers to all his tests and pick up on a sexy woman in his Spanish

    Starring: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Dany Pudi, Y.N.B, and Chevy Chase.

    Who would have thunk that would turn into 3 seasons of AWESOME?

  • That is by far the most entertaining Britney Spears has ever been. And don't worry Sarah Michelle Gellar. I'll always love you.

  • Slash

    Britney plus Patrick Starfish (I believe that's his name): I'd watch that show. Somebody make that happen. Britney talking to cartoon characters sounds like it would fall right in her wheelhouse. And it's something the family could watch together, as long as Britney doesn't disrobe.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Never underestimate Rob Corddry's ability to make dumb stuff funny. The man is a national treasure. He will make you rue the day Clager.

  • oilybohunk7

    I can stand zero seconds of Robin Williams when he is "on" i.e. "crazy, zany guy". Dead Poets Society is the only time I haven't wanted to punch him in his face.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Thank you for this. I no longer watch American Idol, and I enjoyed these gifs. They do demonstrate, btw, that glamour makeup is really only good when you just sit there an look pretty.

    How much do I love Britney Spears for being expressive? THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS much. But I am also guilty of pulling a face from time to time.

  • Caity

    Isn't the header pic sarah Michelle gellar

  • It is. 10 out of 10 for observation.

  • Oh how I wish "Spy" would be a prequel to Operation Endgame. Corddry was simultaneously frightening, badass, hilarious, and sad.

    Still it has Paget Brewster, so it gets an automatic 5 episodes from me. I loves me some Sadie Doyle, dammit!

  • NateMan

    Green and MacFarlane are hysterical when they work together on Robot Chicken. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt until I see the pilot.

  • tmoney

    Britney gifs are perfect for every situation. Girl can emote!

  • NoPantsMcLane

    How is more Robin Williams a bad thing? He is great.

  • Some Guy

    Suspending disbelief that one can just accidentally land such a high profile and important job,

    Suspension of disbelief not withstanding, you can be in the Secret Service and not protect anyone high profile or important. They are all part of the Dept. of the Treasury and many simply investigate money forgeries.

    For a good example, see To Live and Die in LA.

  • BWeaves

    "Dads" sounds like "Shit My Dad Says" X 2, and maybe funnier.

    "Bad Management" sounds like a cross between "The Office" and "Are You Being Served."

    "Crazy Ones" sounds like Mork is going all Don Draper.

    "Spy" actually sounds like it has potential.

  • Maguita NYC

    "Bad Management" sounds like that other David Spade show "Just Shoot Me". Only it's in a store, not an office.

  • pumpkin

    It's that other David Spade show, "Rules of Engagement"

    Only with Alan Thicke instead of Patrick Warburton. :(

  • Maguita NYC

    This guy must be laughing all the way to the bank. How does he do it? How does he keep getting offers?

    The same way he keeps scoring hot women I guess (big d*ck?)

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, I thought of that, too, except he's at the top of the food chain instead of at the bottom. Basically, David Spade will play David Spade, and there will be other quirky characters who he belittles or tries to lay. And there will be product placement. Gawd, there will be product placement.

  • Maguita NYC

    Gawwwd. The product placements!

  • kirbyjay

    How does David Spade constantly get work in Hollywood? Good Lord...just shoot me!
    See, that was a pun. About as entertaining as David Spade

  • I thought the first one "The Crazy Gene" sounded like a rip off of Shameless

  • bleujayone

    For a fleeting moment I thought "The McCarthy's" might just be the cast from the Hopper DISH (aka da Hawppah) TV ad series in much the same way the Geico Cavemen got their own short-lived sit-com.

  • Afferbeck

    So 'The McCarthy's' stars Jacki, Jack, Jake, Joey, Jessica, and Jimmy.

  • BWeaves

    Guest starring the entire Duggar clan.

  • zeke_the_pig

    So now I know what Britney Spears is good at. Being a gif.

    And, that Britney/Patrick similarity is...unnerving.

    How are they the exact same shade of pink?

  • Boston Red

    I believe the correct name of the show is “The McCarthys." Otherwise, we would hear the constant question, "The McCarthy's what?"

  • BlackRabbit

    I was thinking it was about Charlie McCarthy. Like the "Tudors" but with flabby middle-aged men.

  • crackblind

    Spy is based on a British series which was actually pretty good. The premise is that the dad takes a civil service exam and ends up being flagged over to MI6 without realizing it. It's actually enjoyable.

    That said - yeah, we got a good record on adapting British shows (Shaftoe & Son not included).

  • Buck Forty

    Any chance 'Bad Management' is a reboot of 'Are You Being Served'?

  • DominaNefret

    Uh, Antiques Roadshow, Cash Cab, House of Cards, Queer As Folk, Junkyard Wars, Veep, All in the Family, Whose Line is it Anyway....

  • Kerry Benton

    I have no way to predict how this'll do in a US adaptation.

    The original works, such as it is, because the lead is the right balance of lovable doofus, and the absurdity of literally every other character on the show. It's so over the top.

    Striking that same balance again is gonna be a challenge. Or, I guess, maybe it'll just be a totally different show.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Apparently also All in the Family. Where did I read this recently....? (New York magazine, I think? or may NY AM)

  • kushiro -

    Also, The Office and Three's Company.

  • Batesian

    Yeah, with Spy UK (if you will) I liked the "Spy vs Spy" thing between the dad and son. Corddry and Brewster are great, so here's hoping.

  • Duvall

    That would explain why the show is called "Spy" even though the Secret Service doesn't do espionage.

  • Bert_McGurt

    The cast looks somewhat promising for this version at least...

  • Guest

    +1. Mostly for Paget Brewster who was totally wasted in C.M. She was amazing in A.R.C.T.U. and I'm happy to see her in a comedy again.

    But Ken Jeong definitely is a minus.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I maintain that Criminal Minds has succeeded in spite of their plots mostly due to the overwhelming likeability of most of the cast.

    Except Agent Greg of course.

  • toblerone

    I couldn't disagree more other than Paget (who I hated until watching A.R.C.T.U) and Thomas Gibson and may A. J. Cook (mostly because she was in Dead Like Me) I'd like nothing more than for that fancy jet they fly in to fall our of the sky killing them all.

    Now I only want to see the show keep going because Will Graham, Jack Crawford and Hannibal Lecter are all working at BAU and I'm hoping for some office crossovers.

  • Rochelle

    The cast actually gives me hope. I like the original British version.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    So I should look up the British version and ignore the American one? NOTED.

  • KV

    The British series is available on Hulu; it's one of those Hulu original series.

  • Maguita NYC

    For just a moment, I felt pure happiness thinking we'll be watching Christopher Meloni's hot naked ass Sucking at Girls. But then realized it was Fox not HBO.

    *Bitter disappointment combined with shitty coffee.

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