The Complete Pilot Report: Fox Has Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear and J.J. Abrams
Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg
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 Fox pilots: (Click here for ABC, CBS, CW and NBC.)
Felicity Huffman and Anthony LaPaglia will star as the parents of a family of assassins. Davey Holmes will write and executive-produce with fellow Shameless producers John Wells and Andrew Stearn. Hustle & Flow's Craig Brewster is set to direct, and he will also receive producer credit on the pilot. Michael Stahl-David, Patrick Heusinger, Olivia Crocicchia and Rosa Salazar will also star. S. Epatha Merkerson, Stephanie Jacobsen and Jeff Ross will guest-star.
Based on a best-selling trilogy about a world in which love is deemed illegal, Lena Holoway (Emma Roberts) does the unthinkable just 95 days before a scheduled treatment will remove her ability to love: She meets a great guy (Daren Kagasoff). Prison Break's Karyn Usher will write and executive-produce with New Girl producers Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. Billy Campbell, Michael Michele, Gregg Sulkin, Jeanine Mason, Melinda McGraw, Brenda Koo and Corey Reynolds will also star.
A gang member (Ramon Rodriguez) sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new "family": the SFPD's Gang Task Force. Fast Five scribe Chris Morgan will write and executive-produce with V's Scott Rosenbaum and Brian Grazer. Jay Hernandez, Terry O'Quinn, Cliff Curtis, Sung Kang, RZA, Shantel VanSanten and Inbar Lavi will also star.
Human (formerly known as Untitled J.H. Wyman Project)
This action-packed buddy cop show is set in a future in which LAPD officers like John Kennex (Karl Urban) are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids like Dorian (Michael Ealy). Fringe's J.H. Wyman, who will write, will reteam with Lost's J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk as executive producers. Minka Kelly, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Mekia Cox and Michael Irby will also star.
A U.S. Marshal (Michael Pena) leads the hunt for the person who stole "The List," a file that reveals the identities of everyone in the Federal Witness Security Program, who begin showing up dead. Daybreak creator Paul Zbyszewski will write and executive-produce with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. Gary Cole, Richard T. Jones, Jessica Szohr, Tamsin Egerton, Hilarie Burton and Charity Wakefield will star.
Greg Kinnear stars as a brilliant, charming defense attorney whose biggest challenges all exist outside the courtroom — money owed to the IRS and a bookie, overlapping affairs, a cranky kid and his exhausted ex-wife. Peter Duncan, creator of the original Australian series, and Rescue Me's Peter Tolan will write and executive-produce. John Ortiz, Miranda Otto, Necar Zadegan, David Harbour, Tara Summers, Ian Colletti and Bojana Novakovic will also star.
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) partners with Sleepy Hollow's sheriff (Nicole Beharie) to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. Fringe's Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will write and executive-produce. Orlando Jones and Katia Winter will also star. John Cho will guest-star.
The Wild Blue (Off-cycle)
An upstairs-downstairs look at the working men and women aboard an aircraft carrier with 6,000 souls on board. Justified's Taylor Elmore will write and co-executive-produce with Breaking Bad's Melissa Bernstein, while Justified creator Graham Yost will executive-produce. Will Rothhaar, Gina Rodriguez, Josh Salatin, Mykelti Williamson and Alano Miller will star.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (formerly known as Untitled Dan Goor/Mike Schur Project)
A group of detectives — including Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and Melissa Fumero — form an odd family in a police precinct in the outermost neighborhood of New York City. Parks and Recreation's Mike Schur and Dan Goor will write and executive-produce with 30 Rock's David Miner. Samberg will also produce. Stephanie Beatriz and Chelsea Peretti will also star.
After being in combat for several years, Pete (Geoff Stults) is posted at a military base in Florida to command his dysfunctional brothers' (Chris Lowell and Parker Young) squad. Cougar Town's Kevin Biegel will write and executive-produce with Saturday Night Live's Mike Royce. Keith David and Angelique Cabral will co-star.
Friends and Family
A couple's (Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel) long-distance, budding romance is constantly disrupted by their friends and family in this comedy based on the British series Gavin and Stacey. David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back) will write and executive-produce. Dustin Ybarra, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Jane Kaczmarek, Kurt Fuller and Ashlie Atkinson will also star.
A neurotic family with contempt for all things normal tries their best to fit into a small Midwest town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns. The Last Exorcism's Andrew Gurland and The League's Justin Hurwitz will write and executive-produce, with Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin and Running Wilde's Paul Young and Peter Principato. Rob Riggle, Angela Kinsey, River Alexander, Tim Meadows, Brooke Sorenson and Sara Sevigny will star.
To My Future Assistant
The assistants at a big New York law firm band together to help each other cope with their obnoxious, overbearing bosses — Catherine O'Hara and Stephen Root, among them. Friends writer Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and executive-produce, with Gangster Squad's Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz (Party Down) also on board as executive producers. Brittany Snow, Joe Egender, Tone Bell and Melissa Tang will co-star. Jillian Bell will guest-star.
Two star-crossed lovers, Nick (Jake Hoffman) and Jenny (Kelli Garner), must contend with Nick's family's strong dislike of Jenny, the woman who left Nick at the altar seven years ago. Michelle Morgan will write and executive-produce with New Girl producers Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope and The Neighbors' Aaron Kaplan. Gaby Hoffman, Mimi Kennedy, Fred Melamed, Ezekiel Stremiz and Nicolas Wright will also star.
Untitled Halpern/Schmacker Project
Based on the book I Suck At Girls, Jack Dunlevy (Christopher Meloni) juggles fathering a newborn and a teenager (Connor Buckley) — in a pre-Google world. S#*! My Dad Says duo Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker will write and executive-produce with Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence. Claudia Lee, Alex Kapp Horner, Tyler Foden and Kevin Hernandez will co-star.
Which pilots sound interesting to you?