The Complete Pilot Report: ABC Has Rebel Wilson, Bradley Whitford and S.H.I.E.L.D
Rebel Wilson, Bradley Whiford
The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces like Lost's Josh Holloway, Andy Samberg, The Office's Ellie Kemper and Malin Akerman (Watchmen), and from proven producers like J.J. Abrams, Arrow's Greg Berlanti, David Shore (House) and Joss Whedon.
To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the series projects in contention — there are nearly 100! — and check back for updates on their status. Here are the ABC pilots: (Click here for CBS, CW, Fox and NBC.)
A beautiful, unhappily married female photographer (Hannah Ware) begins a torrid affair with a lawyer (Stuart Townsend) for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband (Chris J. Johnson), the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved. ER's David Zabel will write and executive-produce. Henry Thomas, James Cromwell, Wendy Moniz, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Braeden Lemasters will co-star.
A brilliant, late-19th-century New York doctor (Ed MacLiam) and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon (Alex Hassell). They quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems. Ice Age writer Jason Fuchs will write, while Fast Five scribe Chris Morgan will executive-produce. Pierce Gagnon, Spencer Locke, Ruth Bradley, Alex Meraz, Ana de la Reguera and Zahn McClarnon will co-star.
A former cop (Steve Coogan) who's now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) in this drama from House creator David Shore. Rockmond Dunbar, Greg Grunberg, John Pankow, Mercedes Ruehl and Kacey Rohl will co-star.
A sexy, modern gothic soap weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) and Dorian Gray (Chris Egan), among others. The Sorcerer's Apprentice's Matt Lopez will write and executive-produce with Grey's Anatomy's Mark Gordon. Janet Montgomery, Melissa George, Seth Gabel, Tracie Thoms, Emma Booth and Raza Jaffrey will co-star.
From Awake's creator Kyle Killen, the project is a provocative workplace ensemble about the complicated relationship between two brothers — Steve Zahn and Christian Slater — who head an agency that uses the real science of human motivation and manipulation to solve its clients' problems. Megalyn Echikunwoke, Gregory Marcel, Wynn Everett and Cedric Sanders will also star. Ron Rifkin will guest-star.
Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer), the only woman in the Texas Rangers, is a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas. The Playboy Club's Hannah Shakespeare will write while Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and Casino Royale's Martin Campbell will executive-produce. Michael Trucco, Alex Fernandez, Marc Blucas and Marta Milans will co-star.
The lives of seven employees of a service station — Isiah Whitlock Jr., Stephen Louis Grush, Summer Bishil, Anastasia Phillips, Lorraine Bruce, among them — in Queens are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot. David Zabel (ER) and Jason Richman (Detroit 1-8-7) will write and executive-produce with Steven Spielberg, Smash's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Christine Evangelista and Luis Antonio Ramos will also star.
Marvel's Agents S.H.I.E.L.D.
Based on Marvel Universe's fictional and secret law-enforcement agency. Avengers' Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen will write and executive-produce. Clark Gregg will reprise his Avengers role, joined by Ming-Na, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker and Chloe Bennet.
Murder in Manhattan
Bridget Regan and Annie Potts will star in the New York City-set dramedy about a mother-daughter sleuthing team. Monte Carlo's Maria Maggenti will write and executive-produce with Ryan Reynolds. Shirley Rumierk, Enver Gjokaj and Brendan Hines will also star.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
The Wonderland-set Once Upon a Time spin-off is told through the eyes of Alice (Sophie Lowe), who has a generous heart, but carries the scars of a long and hard life. Once producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will write and executive-produce alongside Jane Espenson, Zack Estrin and Steve Pearlman. Emma Rigby, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot and Paul Reubens will also star.
When his wife (Eloise Mumford) is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, a man (Patrick Fugit) pursues every legal option to secure her release. But when he's stymied by the U.S. government in the name of diplomacy, David is forced to consider less-than-legal options — entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes to topple a brutal dictator and bring his wife home. Mad Men's Chris Black will write; Casino Royale's Martin Campbell will executive-produce. Ernie Hudson, Naveen Andrews, Parminder Nagra, Stephen Lang, Ashton Holmes, Lyndon Smith, Bess Armstrong and Lou Taylor Pucci will also star.
What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day's gone by? The lives of the people of Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones... return! Based on the novel by Jason Mott, the pilot is written by Criminal Minds' Aaron Zelman. Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Samaire Armstrong, Sam Hazeldine, Nicholas Gonzalez, Devin Kelley, Mark Hildreth, Landon Gimenez, Omar Epps and Kurtwood Smith will star.
Westside (formerly known as Venice)
This modern gloss on Romeo & Juliet pits the two rival families of California's most seductive city against each other. Without a Trace's Byron Balasco will write and executive-produce with McG. Jennifer Beals, Odette Annable, Bruce Greenwood, Dean Winters, Michael Graziadei, Luke Bracey, Brooklyn Sudano, Lexi Ainsworth and Lincoln Lewis will star.
Back in the Game (formerly known as Untitled Cullens Project)
When Terry Gannon (Maggie Lawson), a divorced single mother, moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son's (Griffin Gluck) Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. Las Vegas writers Mark and Robb Cullen will write, while The Neighbors' Aaron Kaplan will executive-produce. Ben Koldyke, Lenora Crichlow, Cooper Roth, J.J. Totah and Kennedy Waite will also star.
A self-centered manager (Sharon Horgan) at a high-end luxury goods department store finds her ways challenged when the boss' son (David Spade) comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus. Horgan and Holly Walsh will write, while The Neighbors' Aaron Kaplan will executive-produce. Rachael Harris, Alan Thicke, Bradley Dodds, E.J. Bonilla and Greta Lee will co-star.
The Crazy Gene (formerly known as Keep Calm and Karey On)
Karey (Kelly Preston) is the odd man out in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. But when her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted African American son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Accidentally on Purpose scribe Andrea Abbate will write, while Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy, and Last Man Standing executive producers Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will executive-produce. Jane Seymour, Ashley Williams, Steve Talley, Isaac White, Haley Lu Richardson, Rhys Darby and Ella Anderson will co-star.
Divorce: A Love Story
Kenny (Jason Jones) and Robin (Andrea Anders), a recently divorced couple, were terrible together, but they're even worse apart. They can't seem to stay out of each others' lives. Based on the Israeli format, Life Isn't Everything, the project will be written by original series creator Daniel Lappin and Rules of Engagement executive producer Mike Sikowitz. Adam Goldberg, Regina King and Amy Aquino will also star.
The Goldbergs (formerly known as Untitled Adam F. Goldberg Project)
A multigenerational, dysfunctional Wonder Years set in simpler times, inspired by Adam F. Goldberg's own experience growing up in the '80s in a screwed-up but loving family, including Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal and Hayley Orrantia. Breaking In's Goldberg will write and executive-produce. Darien Provost, Sean Giambrone and Troy Gentile will also star.
King John (formerly known as Untitled John Leguizamo Project)
John Leguizamo stars as a husband and father who lives on New York City's Upper West Side but struggles to keep his privileged kids in touch with his Bronx roots. Leguizamo also created the project, while The Proposal producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will executive-produce. Andrea Savage, Elizabeth Pena, Troy Garity, Ariela Barer and Luke Ganalon will co-star.
Middle Age Rage
A middle-aged mother (Annie Mumolo) who is fed up with feeling invisible begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she's earned. Malibu Country's Cheryl Holliday will write, while Smash's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will executive-produce. Will Sasso, Melanie Leishman, Kellee Stewart, Skyler Gisondo and Wyatt Oleff will also star.
Set in a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept comedy from the writers of The Hangover chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love all over the course of one night. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore will write and executive-produce. Kate Simses, Sarah Bolger, Adam Campbell, Vanessa Lengies, Alexis Carra, Ginger Gonzaga, Craig Frank, Blake Lee, Adan Canto and Andrew Santino will star.
The story of three dysfunctional women (June Raphael, Jenny Slate and Kristen Schaal) in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Bad Teacher producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will write and executive-produce with The Neighbors' Aaron Kaplan and Sharon Horgan. Matt Oberg will also star.
A well-meaning father (Rob Corddry) inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself worthy to his highly intelligent son (Mason Cook). Based on the British series from Simeon Goulden, who will write and executive-produce with Jimmy Mullville and Helen Williams. Paget Brewster, Camille Guaty, Moshe Kasher, Nat Faxon and Ken Jeong will also star.
Super Fun Night
Kimmie (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends (Lauren Ash and Liza Lapira) worry that their Friday-night tradition (staying home in their pajamas) will be threatened when Kimmie gets a big promotion at her law firm and is invited to a party by the cute transfer from the London office (Kevin Bishop). It's time to take Super Fun Night on the road! Wilson will write and executive-produce with Conan O'Brien and Conan's Jeff Ross. Kelen Coleman will also star.
Reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) finds herself with an instant family when she falls in love with a man, Brad (The West Wing's Bradley Whitford), who has three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins). Private Practice's Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins will write and executive-produce with Bad Teacher producers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Natalie Morales, Albert Tsai, Gianna LePera and Ryan Lee will also star.
Which pilots sound interesting to you?