Pilot Pirate: The outlook


AfterEllen.com’s Pilot Pirate brought you the best of the 2011-12 pilot season, and now, just as the broadcast networks are set to present their fall schedules to advertisers in the coming weeks, multiple outlets are reporting on which of the more than 80 comedy and drama scripts are in the running.

Deadline.com presented a pair of reports and The Hollywood Reporter issued its report this week about which pilots stand the best — and worst — shot at getting the pickup to series. Ahead of the May 16-19 presentations in New York, here’s a consensus, thanks to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, on what’s looking good and what colder than Santana and Karofsky’s sex life.


New Angels Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh are considered a lock to make it on the fall schedule via the rebooted Miami-set actioner Charlie’s Angels, with the network liking the campy factor of the modern drama.

Fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time with Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin in the story of Snow White’s long-lost daughter is being described as “Lost in tone and Pushing Daisies in look” and has Disney excited about synergistic opportunities for classic characters like Snow White and Prince Charming.

Marc Cherry’s Kristin Chenoweth starrer Good Christian Bitches also has a lot going for it and could find itself paired with the scandal-plagued residents of Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane on Sundays, bumping the gay-friendly Brothers and Sisters.

Shonda Rhimes’ Damage Control — which has been retitled Scandal — is looking positive with the Kerry Washington starrer most likely replacing the ratings-challenged Off the Map, meaning we’ve likely seen the last of Carline Dhavernas on the jungle-set medical drama.

The comedy Apartment 23, starring Krysten Ritter as a New York mega-bitch who tortures her new naive Midwestern roommate has a shot to join the network’s Wednesday comedy lineup. (The cute script also stars Dawson’s Creek’s James Van Der Beek as himself, which is a total bonus if you’ve seen his amazingly funny James Van Der Memes.)

One of the strongest drama scripts of the season, the Christina Ricci< starrer Pan Am, apparently is having cast troubles and is running in the middle of the pack, despite strong buzz surrounding the thriller.


The Ilene Chaiken executive produced Hail Mary, starring Minnie Driver as a mom-turned-PI is generating strong early buzz.

The untitled Rina Mimoun drama (formerly known as The Doctor) with Christine Lahti playing a mother who joins the family medical practice and reconnects with her adult children after the death of her husband is on the positive side of the buzz, especially since the network is in the market for a medical drama.

We may be thisclose to former Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to the small screen as the intriguing Ringer is considered warm despite the actress’ star power as the premise doesn’t fit the network’s traditional taste.

The comedy Two Broke Girls, with Kat Dennings and executive produced by Whitney Cummings, is generating solid buzz.