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Friday, 4 April 2014

2014 TV pilots to look forward to

This is the awful time of year where every show that you've grown to love is abandoning you. Regardless of whether it's a temporary departure, like 'Orange is the New Black', or a permanent one, every TV fan can empathise with people who are sitting around aimlessly, lost without the escapades of their favourite characters to get them through the week.

So, how about we take a look at what shows we have to look forward to later this year (and will likely be suffering from separation anxiety because of, during this time next year).


I think it's safe to say that Tina Fey is the Midas of the creative world. Now that '30 rock' is over, she has had the time to sit back and think of more show ideas to pitch to networks. And pitch she most certainly has. 'Tooken' is without a doubt the show I'm most excited to watch. It follows a woman (played by Ellie Kemper) as she tries to get her life back in order after escaping from a doomsday cult. Oh, and for any '30 Rock' fans out there, the woman's best friend will be played by Tituss Burgess, otherwise known as D'fwan.

'Cabot College'

Not content with just one new show, Fey also created 'Cabot College', which is about a women's college that has newly accepted male students on campus. It's hard not to get your hopes up for this one. The pilot was written by '30 Rock''s Matt Hubbard, directed by 'How I Met Your Mother' force of nature Pamela Fryman and lead by the ever wonderful Margaret Cho. 

'Old Soul'

Where there's Fey, there's Poehler. This rule not only applies to every single article ever written about Hollywood's favourite duo, but also applies to the contest for pilot supremacy, as Amy Poehler also has a new show idea to offer the world. 'Old Soul' features Natasha Lyonne (watch 'Orange is the New Black'? This lovely lady plays Nicky) as a woman working as an aide to the elderly, as she attempts to find herself. I'm expecting to see a lot of fantastic roles for the older generation of actors and actresses (something that is sadly significantly lacking in the media), that paired with Poehler's creative influence makes it sound as though 'Old Soul' has a winning formula.

'How To Get Away With Murder'

TV series revolving around the dark world of crime tend to do very well for themselves, and I expect 'How To Get Away With Murder' to be no exception. The premise is simple: a group of law students get roped into a murder plot after getting close to their fantastic criminal defense professor (played by the formidable Viola Davis).

Mission Control

Fan of 'Anchorman'? This Will Ferrell production might just be up your street. The show will feature a female astronaut (played by 'Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23''s Krysten Ritter) battling against a macho colleague ('Smallville''s Michael Rosenbaum) to become the first person on the moon. Like most of Ferrell's work, it could go either way. Only time will tell, I suppose.

More Time With Family

A man changes his career in order to spend more time with his family. Not a particularly interesting concept, but this show has an ace up it's sleeve, as it has cast Alyson Hannigan as the wife. Both 'Buffy' and 'How I Met Your Mother' were outstanding successes, so here's hoping that 'More Time With Family' makes it Hannigan's hat-trick.


A break-up video of a young woman quickly goes viral, resulting in her undergoing an online makeover to help improve her image. A relevant concept, paired with a great cast (Karen Gillan, Gillian Vigman and John Cho, to name a few)? Sounds like it has potential, despite the frustrating name.

'American Crime'

John Ridley writes and executive produces this drama about the murder trial of a war veteran. Unsure of who Ridley is? He's the Oscar winner that wrote '12 Years A Slave'. I have high expectations for this one.

'Battle Creek'

What do you get when the creators of two of TV's most iconic shows - 'House' and 'Breaking Bad' - team up together? You get 'Battle Creek', a series that revolves around the lives of two detectives with different views on the world as they try to clean up the streets of Battle Creek. If Vince Gilligan and David Shore didn't get your nerdy heart skipping beats for this show, then I seriously worry for you.

'Dead Boss'

A comedy about a woman who wrongly gets accused of murdering her boss. Something that should get people excited about 'Dead Boss' is that the wonderful Jane Krakowski has been cast as the lead. After playing Jenna in '30 Rock', Krakowski proved to the world that she has impeccable comic timing, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she'll bring to the show.


Commissioner Gordon's origin story - it's worlds apart from Batman's original TV series... but that is certainly not a bad thing. It's a tie in to the Batman universe. Nothing more need be said.

'How I Met Your Dad'

'How I Met Your Mother' fans are the target audience for this particularly show. It's pretty much the mirror image to the hit series, apart from, as the title suggests, it follows a woman as she goes through life, right up to the point where she meets the future father of her children. Now, I've never seen her performing, but people insist that Greta Gerwig is phenomenal. People will obviously be comparing this to the original, and Gerwig will almost definitely get compared to the universally loved Cristin Milioti... 
All I can say is that I wish the cast and crew the best of luck with this project.

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