The current season of television hasn’t even ended yet, and there are a lot of big shows that just started midseason, but you better get ready, because it’s already time to talk about the fall TV pilots. I don’t know about you, but I’m a combination of excited and extremely stressed out.
These days keeping up with television is a full-time job. And every fall, there’s a new crop of shows to choose from. You have to consider which shows are on opposite each other, which ones will likely just get cancelled, and which ones you are staying home to watch without a second thought. And you have to break it to all the shows you already watch that there are new babies on the DVR and hope that they don’t get jealous. I’m a little obsessed with TV, in case you haven’t noticed.
Zap2It put together a list of 22 fall pilots they hope will get picked up as series. We’ve narrowed that list down to five especially promising shows. There are a couple of dramas and a few comedies, and one of them doesn’t even have a definitive title yet. Mysterious.
So without further ado, cross your fingers that these five shows make it past the first episode… and then past a few more episodes after that… and maybe more after that…
1. Delirium (FOX): Sci-fi is the genre du jour on television these days, so it takes a good premise to save a series. This show sounds really interesting. It’s based on a Young Adult book series, which is a big trend in movies but not necessarily on TV. A dystopian society has outlawed love and prevents people from feeling it through a procedure. Emma Roberts’ character gets all lovey-dovey a few months before her appointment. Uh oh. Combining human emotions with sci-fi elements is always fascinating. The plot reminds me of a great indie film called TiMER, in which characters have built-in timers counting down to when they meet their soulmates.
2. Pulling (ABC): This one’s a comedy about three 30-something women figuring out their lives. I know, I know, sounds like every other show. But this one has a great lead cast, with June Diane Raphael (Burning Love), Kristen Schaal (30 Rock) and Jenny Slate (SNL, Marcel the Shell, Parks and Rec). Oh, and it’s based on a British comedy. Now you’re interested, aren’t you?
3. Super Fun Night (ABC): Get ready, everybody! Rebel Wilson has a TV pilot! We loved her in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, and now she’s writing and starring in her own comedy about a group of gal pals who like to have, you know, super fun nights. Let’s hope Rebel can translate her lovable movie humor into a full-fledged series.
4. The Sixth Gun (NBC): Have you been waiting for a sci-fi Western series? No? Well, you might still be interested in this one. It’s based on a graphic novel, so you know it’ll be intense, and it has a young female protagonist, which is awesome for both the sci-fi and Western genres. Laura Ramsey’s character has one of six powerful, out-of-this world guns. Sounds gritty.
5. Untitled, or I Suck at Girls (FOX): This Bill Lawrence show is adapted from the book I Suck at Girls, and it’s a coming-of-age comedy about a kid and his dad bonding when his mother goes to law school. The details are remaining under wraps, but Chris Meloni is playing the father. Detective Stabler!
So prep your couch and get ready to watch!