More pick-up news this week, as ABC has now picked up both “No Ordinary Family” and “Better with You,” for a full season. I thought the “No Ordinary Family” pilot showed some promise, but I couldn’t make it through the third episode before I finally gave up on that show. The presence of Julie Benz could only get me so far. Meanwhile, “Better with You,” is plain awful, but ABC needs a sitcom to sit in that 8:30 slot between “The Middle” and “Modern Family.” ABC should’ve beat Fox to the punch on “Raising Hope.” It’d have been perfect in that slot, and with “Modern Family,” would’ve given ABC a block of programming that might have out-shined NBC’s Thursday night block. Bygones.
Meanwhile, ABC has also picked up more episodes of the OK for a procedural, “Detroit 1-8-7” and “Brothers and Sisters,” which nicely exists on that Sunday night hole on ABC of which I have no knowledge.
Meanwhile, F/X has picked up 13 episodes of “Wilfred,” a live-action comedy series starring Elijah Wood based on a critically acclaimed Australian series of the same title (via Collider). Wood stars as Ryan, an introvert who struggles to find social and professional happiness, until he meets “Wilfred” who is described as “part Australian Shepherd, part Russell Crowe on a bender.” The world sees Wilfred as a dog; Ryan sees Wilfred as a man dressed in a dog suit.
So, another variation on Lars and the Real Girl with a dog-person instead of a blow-up doll.
Comedy Central has picked up a television series based on the Ryan Reynolds movie, … Waiting, which actually seems well suited to television.
Meanwhile, NBC has picked up a new series based on a trailer created by Jamie Foxx, starring Selma Blair and Paul Sorvino. “‘Tommy’s Little Girl’” follows a young girl (Blair) raised in a mafia family who is hidden away in an orphanage after her family is murdered by a competing mafia crime boss. She grows up to become an attorney by day, and a deadly, well trained killer by night, as she avenges her family’s murder and attempts to locate her last living relative.”
Attorney by day, killer by night? So, “Dexter” with an attorney instead of a blood-splatter guy?
Finally, NBC has also picked up “Life is Good,” about “a husband and father of two young girls, whose mellow suburban family world is thrown into chaos when he is found by Dru, the 19-year-old mixed race son he never knew he had.”
So, Dax Shepard’s arc in “Parenthood”? The creativity here is astounding.