The Complete Pilot Report: NBC's Got Roseanne Barr, J.J. Abrams and Book of Mormon Stars!
Rosanne Barr, Sarah Silverman
The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces including Zachary Levi, Mindy Kaling, Mandy Moore and Sarah Silverman, and from proven producers like Josh Schwartz, J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti and Kevin Williamson. Also making a comeback this year: Iconic characters including Green Arrow, Carrie Bradshaw, Sherlock Holmes and Beauty and the Beast.
To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the series projects in contention and check back for updates on their status. Here are the NBC pilots: (Click here for ABC, CBS, CW and Fox.)
An unlikely group of women in a federal prison -- including a scandalous female warden (Jaime Pressly), her new protégé and various inmates -- struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and outside. Shameless' John Wells will executive-produce alongside The Sweetest Thing scribe Nancy Pimental. Based on the long-running British hit series. Jurnee Smollett, Amy Smart, Karolina Wydra, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rick Gonzalez, Louise Fletcher and Zoe Boyle will star.
Set 10 minutes in the future, families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population -- until some of the mechanicals begin to "awaken." MADtv's Michael McDonald will write and executive-produce. American Horror Story's Frances Conroy, James Murray, Patrick Heusinger, Madisen Beaty, Cody Allen Christian, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Jud Taylor, Andrea Parker, Tovah Feldshuh, David Conrad will star. Ernie Hudson will recur.
The complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department are explored in this action-driven drama. Derek Haas and Michael Brandt will write and executive-produce with Law & Order's Dick Wolf. Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, David Eigenberg, Taylor Kinney, Lauren German, Merle Dandridge, Teri Reeves and Charlie Barnett will star.
Parenthood's Jason Ritter stars in this Jason Katims drama about a group of young doctors, nurses and administrators in an underfunded and morally compromising Los Angeles hospital. Friday Night Lights' Michael B. Jordan, Michael Imperioli, Aimee Garcia, Norbert Leo Butz, Jess Weixler, Norbert Leo Butz and Agam Darshi will also star.
Do No Harm
A brilliant neurosurgeon (Steven Pasquale) wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. The Event's David Schulner will write and executive-produce with Samantha Who?'s Peter Traugott. Alana de la Garza, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Esper, Mousa Kraish and Ruta Gedmintas will also star.
In an intense tale of survival, a group of disparate travelers embark on an incredible cross-country adventure through the west where danger stalks them at every turn. Shaun Cassidy will write and executive-produce alongside The West Wing's Thomas Schlamme. Jake McLaughlin, Bridget Regan, Al Weaver, Erik Jensen, Gina Bramhill, Ethan Embry, Clancy Brown, Mustafa Shakir, Chaske Spencer, Nathan Gamble and Megan Ferguson will star.
A female FBI cult specialist (Julia Stiles) starts an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska and uncovers a larger conspiracy. Based on the Israeli format, The Event's Lisa Zwerling will write and executive-produce with Peter Traugott. Titus Welliver, Michael Raymond-James, Emma Bell, David Harbour, Alexia Fast, Oz Zehavi, Lucia Walters, Keenan Tracey, Lucien Laviscount, Connor O'Farrell and Daniella Pineda will star.
An opulent soap in which a female detective (Meagan Good) returns to the wealthy family in which she grew up— only she's undercover as the maid's daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend. Mercy's Liz Heldens will write and executive-produce. Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Neil Jackson, Laz Alonso, Ella Rae Peck and Katherine LaNasa will also star.
Untitled J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke project (formerly known as Revolution)
A high-octane action drama that follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. Supernatural's Eric Kripke will write and executive-produce with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. Giancarlo Esposito, Billy Burke, David Lyons, Tim Guinee, Graham Rogers, Tracy Spiridakos, Andrea Roth, JD Pardo, Zak Orth and Anna Lise Philips will star.
What happens when you're the most ordinary family in the world, but your father is the President of the United States (Bill Pullman)? Book of Mormon's Josh Gad will star, write and executive-produce with Modern Family's Jason Winer. Martha MacIsaac, Jenna Elfman, Amara Miller, Benjamin Stockham and Andre Holland will also star.
An office-based comedy featuring a House-like veterinarian (Weeds' Justin Kirk) who loves the animals but hates their owners. Executive-produced by Hangover Part II writer Scot Armstrong. Tyler Labine, Amy Huberman and Bobby Lee will also star.
Roseanne Barr stars as the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all the characters who live there. The Roseanne star will write and executive-produce with John Argent and Eric Gilliland. John Goodman, Romy Rosemont, Salli Richardson, Jason Antoon, Kendra Jain, Hector Duran, Tricia O'Kelley, Greg Cromer and Mary Birdsong will also star.
Friday Night Dinner
A single-camera comedy based on the UK format about a quirky family that has dinner together every Friday night. The Office's Greg Daniels, who will adapt and executive-produce alongside Ken Kwapis and Howard Klein. Monk's Tony Shalhoub and The West Wing's Allison Janney will portray the parents while Kevin Bigley and Gil Ozeri will play the kids. Aya Cash and Gary Anthony Williams will also star.
While an irreverent yet charming sportscaster (Matthew Perry) tries to move on from loss, he reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group therapy sessions. Friends writer/producer Scott Silveri executive-produces. Laura Benanti, Julie White, Suzy Nakamura, Khary Payton and Allison Miller will also star. Bill Cobbs will guest-star.
Guys With Kids (formerly known as Untitled Jimmy Fallon project)
Three thirtysomething guys (Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger and Anthony Anderson) enjoy the adventures of parenting even though they haven't grown up themselves. NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon will executive-produce. Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Tempestt Bledsoe will also star. Sara Rue will guest-star.
Happy Valley (formerly known as Untitled Hilary Winston project)
After being dumped by her fiancé (Freddie Prinze Jr.), a shy, focused woman (Sarah Wright) leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge. Hilary Winston (Happy Endings, Community) will write and executive-produce alongside Happy Endings' Jamie Tarses. Mena Suvari, Kyle Howard, Joanna Kerns, Griffin Matthews and Aubrey Dollar will also star.
Marcia Gay Harden and Kevin Nealon play the parents of a middle-class family that has to deal with the challenges of raising a daughter (Sophia Mitri Schloss) with magical qualities. Inspired by the French-Canadian series Le Monde De Charlotte, the series will be executive-produced by Howard Busgang and Tom Nursall. Skyler Gisondo, Abigail Mavity, Barry Shabaka Henley, Alex Desert and Bradley White will also star.
The New Normal
A gay couple — Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells and The Hangover's Justin Bartha — try to start a family with the help of a surrogate (Georgia King). Along with fellow Glee producer Ali Adler, Ryan Murphy will co-write and executive-produce the project. Ellen Barkin and Bebe Wood will also star. Nene Leakes and Jayson Blair will recur.
Next Caller Please
A gender comedy focusing on a brash, alpha male DJ (Dane Cook) and his new plucky, feminist co-host (Collette Wolfe). From Weeds' producer Stephen Falk. Joy Osmanski and Wole Parks will also star. Ryan Devlin and Jeffrey Tambor will guest-star.
Nic and Jen (formerly known as Untitled Kari Lizer project and Lady Friends)
Two female friends, one who seemingly has the perfect life (Andrea Anders) and one who can't seem to get it together (Minnie Driver), can't live without each other. Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and executive-produce. Josh Hopkins, Rachel Dratch, Danny Comden, Emy Coligado and Tymberlee Hill will also star.
Anne Heche stars as a woman who starts to believe that she is channeling God after she has an accident. Heche will also serve as a producer on the project. John Scott Shepherd, Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Scott Winant executive-produce. Alexandra Breckenridge, Heather Burns, Madison Davenport, Lamman Rucker and Michael Landes will also star.
Susan 313 (formerly known as Untitled Sarah Silverman project)
Sarah Silverman stars as a thirtysomething woman adjusting to the single life after a decade-long relationship ends. Silverman will co-write the script with Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder, who co-wrote her Comedy Central show The Sarah Silverman Project. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will also executive-produce. Lost alum Ken Leung, June Raphael, Harris Wittels, Tig Notaro and Jeff Goldblum will also star.
Table for 3 (formerly known as Daddy's Girls)
A young woman (Christine Woods) returns home from overseas to find that her father (Scott Bakula) is seriously dating the "mean girl" from high school (Nicky Whelan). From Friends' Dana Klein. Brenda Song and Cedric Yarbrough will also star.
Which pilots sound interesting to you?