According to The Hollywood Reporter, the powers-that-be have been busy developing and lining up pilots for the year and this is not limited to television viewing. Netflix and other online sites are giving broadcast networks a run for their money. Below is a partial listing which only scratches the surface of what is ahead. Be prepared to see some old familiar faces in these upcoming series.
An American Education*
Is a remake of British comedy Bad Education,the project centers on British transplant Alfie Wickers (Whitehall), an unorthodox teacher in the San Diego public school system who loves his students, but his naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. He juggles his time between mentoring his students and pursuing the attractive new chemistry teacher. Cast: Rosie Perez, Jack Whitehall, Brittany Snow, Devin Ratray, David Mares, Phil Morris, Lorenzo Henrie
Centers on an upper-middle-class black man (Anthony Anderson) who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, color-blind kids. Loosely based on the life of showrunner Kenya Barris (The Game). Cast: Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahid, Miles Brown
Far East Orlando* (formerly Fresh Off the Boat)
Based on Eddie Huang's memoir Fresh Off the Boat, the comedy revolves around hip-hop loving Eddie as he grows up in suburban Orlando, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who is often bewildered by white culture. With his father owning and operating an All-American Steakhouse chain, this loving family of "fresh off the boat" Taiwanese-Americans try to live the American dream while still maintaining their cultural identity and sense of family. Cast: Randall Park, Constance Wu, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang
The fairy-tale musical centers on handsome Prince Galavant (Joshua Sasse) and his quest for revenge against the king (Psych's Timothy Omundson) who stole his one true love (Mallory Jansen).
Cast: Timothy Omundson (Psych), Joshua Sasse (Rogue), Vinnie Jones, Karen David
Keep It Together* (previously the untitled Kevin Hart comedy) (cast-contingent)
The semi-autobiographical comedy is based on Kevin Hart's life and stand-up act and takes a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite their differences. Cast: Romany Malco, Kevin Hart (recurring), Amber Stevens, Bresha Webb, Jayson Blair, Jeff Ross, Bryant
Based on the Winklers' lives, the comedy centers on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his over-sharing in-laws. Cast: Henry Winkler, Domenick Lombardozzi, Eva Amurri Martino, Josh Sussman
A happy couple decides to see a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Cast: James Roday, Rich Sommer (Mad Men)
The Odd Couple
Matthew Perry plays Oscar Madison in the half-hour comedy based on Neil Simon's Broadway play. Cast: Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Sarah Baker (Go On)
Save the Date
Centers on newly single 35-year-old Katie (Psych's Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly books a wedding venue and is now faced with the task of meeting the right man in the right time.
Cast: Maggie Lawson, Michelle Trachtenberg, Julie White, Tom Bennett, Brian Howe
Cabot College (pilot order with series commitment)
A comedy that takes place at a women's college that has just opened its doors to men for the first time. Cast: Margaret Cho, Bonnie Dennison (Third Watch), Jack Cutmore-Scott, Fortune Feimster, Brandon Jones, Ely Henry, Asif Ali
Dead Boss (pilot with eye toward series production)
Based on the British series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Bossis a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (30 Rock's Jane Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Cast: Jane Krakowski, Amy Sedaris, Cedric Yarborough, Justine Lupe, Ravi Patel
A character-driven procedural centering on a former convict-turned-big-city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. The chief detective she's been hired to help is her father -- and they haven't spoken in 15 years.
Cast: Bojana Novakovic (2nd position to Fox's Rake), Clancy Brown, Erik Palladino, Meta Golding, Jee Young Han, Christian Keyes, Aaron Ashmore
Examines the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down. Cast: Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Elvis Nolasco, Caitlin Gerard, Richard Cabral, Johnny Ortiz, Benito Martinez, W. Earl Brown, Penelope Ann Miller
Astronaut Wives Club (Ordered straight to series with 10 episodes set for summer 2014)
The 1960s-set drama tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Based on the book by Lily Koppel. Cast: Odette Annable, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Azure Parsons, Zoe Boyle
Centers on a habitual criminal (Sarah Snook) who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil.
Cast: Mykelti Williamson (Justified), David Strathairn, Kevin Alejandro, Sarah Snook, Edwin Hodge, Kathleen Munroe, Nick Gehlfuss, McKenna Grace
The drama revolves around New York City's best medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan (Ringer's Ioan Gruffudd), who studies the dead for a reason -- he is immortal. With the help of Detective Jo Martinez, the layers will be peeled back on Henry's colorful and long life through the cases. Cast: Alana De La Garza, Ioan Gruffudd, Judd Hirsch (Taxi), Donnie Keshwarz, Barbara Eve Harris, Donnie Keshawarz, Joel David Moore
How to Get Away With Murder* (previously How to Get Away)
A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives.
Cast: Viola Davis, Tom Verica, Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black), Aja Naomi King, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza, Jack Falahee, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil (Scandal), Billy Brown
Secrets & Lies* (10-episode series commitment)
Based on an upcoming Australian series starring Martin Henderson, the drama centers on a patriarch (Ryan Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome), Belle Shouse, Clifton Collins Jr., Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton (recurring), Steven Brand (recurring), Kate Ashfield (recurring)
Untitled Richard LaGravenese drama
Set in New York City, the Dangerous Liaisons-like drama revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others.
Cast: Katie Holmes, Rufus Sewell, Melissa George, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Oded Fehr,
Technology, as we know it, has amplified human behavior to the point where faceless criminals are committing crimes at global proportions with a touch of a button. Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette), special agent in charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA, is tasked to solve high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live online, and play out into the real world. Inspired by cyber-psychologist Mary Aiken's work. Cast: Patricia Arquette
Centers on the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.
Cast: Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen,
NCIS: New Orleans (two-part NCIS backdoor pilot)
The NCIS New Orleans office handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. With its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery, New Orleans is a magnet for military personnel on leave.
Cast: Scott Bakula, Zoe McLellan (JAG), CCH Pounder, Lucas Black, Paige Turco (guest)
Untitled David Marshall Grant project
A soapy medical show centered around quadruplets -- three brothers and a sister -- who grew up on a reality show. Based on the Israeli format Ran Quartet.
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Jandl, Cameron Scoggins
Red Zone (previously the untitled Toscano/Ehrin project)
When a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., a retired CIA operative is pulled back into action and forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred. Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Aimee Garcia, Shanley Caswell, Sepideh Moafi
Empire* (pilot order with an eye toward series)
A family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire featuring original and current music.
Cast: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Malik Yoba, Kaitlin Doubleday, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Gabourey Sidibe (recurring), Tasha Smith (recurring)
Gotham (series commitment; pilot order/eyed as 22-episode series)
Based on characters from the DC Comics universe including a young Bruce Wayne, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Riddler, Joker and Catwoman, the drama explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (Southland's Ben McKenzie) and the villains that made Gotham famous. Cast: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne), Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara (Captain Essen), Sean Pertwee (Alfred), Erin Richards (Barbara Kean, Gordon's love interest), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Drew Powell (recurring)
Babylon Fields* (originally developed for CBS in 2007)
The dead are rising in Babylon, N.Y., with lives regained, old wounds reopened and families are restored -- for better or worse. The newly regenerated bodies are healing faster and growing stronger, prompting discussion that this might be the next step in human evolution.
Cast: Meagan Good, Skeet Ulrich, Kyle Schmid, Virginia Madsen, Ritchie Coster, Yul Vazquez, S. Epatha Merkerson
A provocative drama set against the backdrop of a prominent Texas church where faith, family and corruption are explored in equal measure. The pilot centers on Jennifer Strickland, who has to defend her children, church and religious beliefs after her husband dies under mysterious circumstances. Cast: Ashley Judd, Ryan McPartlin (Chuck), Warren Kole (Common Law)
State State of Affairs
Described as Scandal meets The West Wing, the drama revolves around a maverick CIA officer (Katherine Heigl) who was plucked from the field to become the president's daily briefer, assuming responsibility for targeting America's most critical threats while navigating the unique lifestyle that comes with such a high-powered job.
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Cliff Chamberlain
Centers on a young woman (The Help's Ahna O'Reilly) in need of a transplant who learns she is related to a powerful family whose son (Hellcats' Matt Barr) is her only hope for a donor organ. The CIA approaches her to investigate the family's involvement in domestic terrorism and to infiltrate their rarified world. Her loyalty, morality and ethics are tested as she's forced to slowly build a case against the family who saved her life.
Cast: Ahna O'Reilly, Matt Barr, Stephen Hagan, Mehcad Brooks, Manish Dayal
* Indicates casting has been completed