Fox, which dominates the fall with American Idol, had the least room on its schedule. The network ordered 16 pilots – including two animated comedies – and of the remaining 14 picked up four – two dramas, including a mystery drama from J.J. Abrams, and two comedies including one starring Zooey Deschanel.
Among Fox’s cancelations were the Jennifer Beals starrer The Chicago Code; Breaking In with Christian Slater, Traffic Light, Human Target and Lie to Me.
Here’s a look at the pilots that were ordered to series at Fox; the network will announce its schedule this week.
• Alcatraz, from J.J. Abrams and starring Lost’s Jorge Garcia, ER’s Parminder Nagra, revolves around Alcatraz and a team investigating the mysterious reappearance of its 1960s inhabitants in the present. Liz Sarnoff co-wrote the script and executive produces.
• The Finder, a Bones spinoff starring Saffron Burrows, Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan. The pilot aired this season as a regular episode of Bones and will likely help fill in the holes created by co-star Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy.
• I Hate My Teenage Daughter, starring Katie Finnernan and Jamie Pressly as two women who have daughters like the girls who once picked on them in high school.
• The New Girl (previously known as Chicks and Dicks), stars indie queen Zooey Deschanel as a quirky teacher who learns how to read men from her three new roommates: a man-child, player and cynic.
Among the pilots that failed to make the cut:
• Iceland, a remarkably sweet comedy starring Zach Gilford and Kerry Biche who move forward after the loss of a loved one. The pilot script included a fresh and touching lesbian coming out story line.
• Weekends at Bellevue, a drama starring Janet McTeer and Lauren Ambrose that revolves around the psychiatrist in charge of the weekend shift at the Bellevue Hospital psych ward.
Which of the series orders look good to you?