Pilot Pirate: The outlook

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If there’s one drama I’d bet the bank on to make the fall schedule it’s Secret Circle, starring Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected) as a young witch who stands as the key to a battle between good and evil in the project based on the three-book series from Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith and executive produced by Kevin Williamson. Consider Thursdays your Williamson night.


Many of Fox’s projects skew male, however, the network is said to like Zooey Deschanel enough to be leaning toward a pickup despite rumors that the indie darling isn’t really funny in The New Girl (formerly Chicks and Dicks), the story of an unlucky in love elementary school teacher who moves in with three very clichéd guys.

Bones spin-off The Finder with Saffron Burrows is looking good after its backdoor pilot performed well in its late-April airing as part of the drama’s serialized story.


The network’s highest-profile pilot, David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman, starring Adrianne Palicki is in post-production and there’s no update on just how the critically panned script translated to screen. However, THR reported that Kelley’s Harry’s Law with Kathy Bates could be picked up for a second season in exchange for the network passing on Wonder Woman.

Musical drama Smash, starring Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee, is the closest thing to a lock on the network with producer Steven Spielberg said to be actively participating.

Prime Suspect lead Maria Bello has a fan in network entertainment president (and friend of the gays) Robert Greenblatt and is considered to be among the lead contenders for a series order.

The Amber Heard 1960s-set mystery/mob/musical Playboy has the network buzzing about a built-in brand name and could be among the two or three dramas the network picks up.

It doesn’t look like good news for Battlestar Galactica reunion 17th Precinct as sources told THR that the project is “weak” and “very unlikely” to make it beyond the pilot stage.

Meanwhile, lesbian comedy I Hate That I Love You is said to be cold.

Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea with Laura Prepon has the network considering a female-centered comedy block.

However, Whitney Cummings’ self-titled sitcom remains a question mark as network executives are questioning if the stand-up comic’s humor is broad enough to connect with mainstream audiences.

Also looking good is the untitled Kari Lizer workplace comedy starring Sarah Paulson.

Any surprises? Disappointments?

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