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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 NBC pilots: (Click here for ABC, CBS, CW and Fox.)
An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evildoers who covet her power. Harry Potter's Alfonso Cuaron and The Forgotten's Mark Friedman will write and executive-produce with Lost's J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo, Sienna Guillory, Arian Moayed and Jamie Chung will also star.
The world's most wanted criminal (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition: He will only work with a newly minted FBI agent (Megan Boone) with whom he appears to have no connection. Perfect Stranger's Jon Bokenkamp will write and executive-produce with Alias' John Eisendrath. Ryan Eggold, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Ilfenesh Hadera will also star.
Bird Benson (Skyler Samuels), a smart, irreverent young girl, finds herself caught between two warrior families in modern suburbia in this pulpy, highly stylized series. David Graziano (Awake) will write and executive-produce with Friday Night Lights' Peter Berg. Jonathan Banks, KaDee Strickland, Tom Everett Scott, Chris Zylka and Tzi Ma will also star.
Chicago Fire spin-off
The Season 1 finale of the network's firefighting drama will serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off centering on the Chicago Police Department. Derek Haas and Michael Brandt will write and executive-produce with Dick Wolf. Tania Ramonde, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Sagemiller and Kelly Blatz will star, with Jon Seda and Jason Beghe also likely to join the cast.
Crisis (formerly known as Untitled Rand Ravich Project)
Washington's most powerful players, including the president, find themselves blackmailed into an international conspiracy by an unlikely puppeteer. The FBI and a rookie Secret Service agent (Lance Gross) must unravel the mystery. Life's Rand Ravich will write and executive-produce with Far Shariat. Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Michael Beach, James Lafferty, Halston Sage, Max Schneider, Joshua Erenberg and Stevie Lynn Jones will star.
Hatfields & McCoys
Set in present-day Pittsburgh, a startling death reignites the feud between the legendary families. Unleashing decades of resentment, the blue-collar McCoys will put the Hatfields' wealth and power at risk as they battle for control of the city. Eagle Eye scribe John Glenn will write and executive-produce with Charlize Theron. Virginia Madsen, Rebecca De Mornay, Sophia Bush, Patrick Flueger, Jesse Lee Soffer, Annie Illonzeh, James Remar and Nick Westrate will star.
In a remake of the 1960s drama, an acerbic police detective (Blair Underwood) who uses a wheelchair pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city. The Sopranos' Michael Caleo will write and executive-produce with American Horror Story's David Semel. Spencer Grammer, Brent Sexton, Pablo Schreiber, Kenneth Choi and Neal Bledsoe will also star.
The Night Shift (formerly known as After Hours)
Think M*A*S*H-meets-ER. A motley crew of rogue ex-Army surgeons bring humor and rock-n-roll energy to the night shift at a chaotic trauma center in San Antonio, Texas. 90210 scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah will write and executive-produce with Taken's Pierre Morel. Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under), Jeananne Goossen, Brendan Fehr, Brigid Brannagh, Jill Flint (Royal Pains), Ken Leung (Lost), Robert Bailey, Jr. and J.R. Lemon will star.
The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Three couples in the idyllic community of Saddle Hills, Calif., live secret lives. Sascha Penn (Imagination Movers) will write and executive-produce with Jerry Bruckheimer. Jake Miller, Laura Allen, Perrey Reeves, Olivia Luccardi, James Tupper, Martin Henderson, Jesse L. Martin and Nicole Ari Parker will star.
The Sixth Gun
Based on the best-selling Oni Press graphic novel, this supernatural Western tells the tale of six mythical guns with otherworldly powers. Ryan Condal will write, while Lost's Carlton Cuse will executive-produce. Laura Ramsey, W. Earl Brown, Aldis Hodge, Graham McTavish, Pedro Pascal, James LeGros, Michiel Huisman, Elena Satine and Chin Han will star.
Victor (formerly known as I Am Victor)
Based on Jo Nesbo's upcoming novel of the same name, Victor Port (John Stamos), an iconoclastic divorce attorney, helps clients embrace their new lives. West Wing's Mark Goffman will write, while House's Katie Jacobs and Nesbo will executive-produce. Megan Dodds, Matthew Lillard, Terry Kinney, Lorenza Izzo, Angela Sarafyan, Josh Zuckerman, Kosha Patel, Valin Shinyei and McKaley Miller will also star.
When a mysterious stranger offers to help Clara deal with a past tragedy, she ends up waging a war against a malevolent queen, who we once knew as Alice. Whit Anderson will write and executive-produce with CSI creator Anthony Zuiker.
About a Boy
Based on the Nick Hornsby novel and Hugh Grant film, a loutish bachelor (David Walton) finds his priorities in life shifting after he befriends an awkward young neighbor (Benjamin Stockham). Parenthood's Jason Katims will write and executive-produce with original Boy producers Robert DeNiro, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jane Rosenthal. Jon Favreau will helm the pilot. Minnie Driver, Leslie Bibb, Al Madrigal and Anjelah N. Johnson will also star.
An idealistic assistant (Krysten Ritter) tries to find balance in her life as she strives to please her larger-than-life boss (Alfred Molina). Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) will write and executive-produce with Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke. Peter Cambor, Zach Cregger and Vinette Robinson will also star.
We meet Brenda Miller through a double narrative of the protagonist at 13 and 31 (played by The Office's Ellie Kemper). David Lampson and ex-Bones serial killer Andrew Leeds will write and executive-produce with Rescue Me's Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer. David Krumholtz, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Daija Owens, Mandalynn Carlson, Lindsay Kraft and Stephanie Weir will also star.
The Donor Party (Off-cycle)
A man learns that he has several children from early-life sperm donations to a disheveled widow and her lesbian neighbors. Argo's Alex Schemmer will write and executive-produce with Magic City executive producer Geyer Kosinski.
Downtowners (formerly known as Untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick Project)
Matthew Hirsch (Mike Castle) is ready to find love, but needs his three best friends to navigate the labyrinth of mind games and human suffering that is dating in your early 20s. Robert Padnick will write and executive-produce with The Office's Greg Daniels. Adhir Kalyan, Ellen Woglom, Eric Andre will co-star.
Drop-Off (formerly known as The Gates)
A raw look at the intense, political world of... elementary school drop-off! What Women Want scribes Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa will write and executive-produce with The Neighbors' Aaron Kaplan. Kathleen Rose Perkins, Diana Maria Riva, Christina Kirk, Josh Grisetti, Greg Germann, Ken Marino, Stephen Guarino, Gunnar Sizemore and Kylie Rogers will star. Echo Kellum will guest-star.
The Family Guide (formerly known as Untitled D.J. Nash Project)
A son (Eli Baker) who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) and is bemused by his precocious mother (Parker Posey) watches his family become closer post-divorce. 'Til Death's D.J. Nash will write and executive-produce with Arrested Development's Jason Bateman. Harold Perrineau, Lance Lim and Ava Deluca-Verley will also star.
Girlfriend in a Coma (Off-cycle)
After almost two decades, a 34-year-old woman wakes up from a coma to find out that she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold. Nurse Jackie's Liz Brixius will write and executive-produce with Law & Order's Dick Wolf, Chicago Fire's Danielle Gelber and SVU's Peter Jankowski. Miranda Cosgrove, Ann Cusack and Daniel Stern will star.
A group of friends' lives change after they survive a plane crash. The Office's Justin Spitzer will write and executive-produce alongside Samantha Who?'s Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan. Erinn Hayes, Nelson Franklin, Luka Jones, Kate Lang Johnson, Kimiko Glenn and Humphrey Ker will star.
Joe, Joe & Jane
A conflict-avoidant children's book author (Will Greenberg) deals with his needy wife (Sally Pressman) and best friend (Dave Annable). The IT Crowd's Joe Port and Joe Wiseman will write and executive-produce with The Big Bang Theory's Mark Cendrowski. McKenna Grace, Lauren Lapkus, Asif Ali and Larry Wilmore will star.
Mulaney (formerly known as Untitled John Mulaney Project)
Loosely based on the life of the young stand-up comedian John Mulaney, who will write, produce and star in this ensemble comedy. Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels and 30 Rock producers Andrew Singer and David Miner will executive-produce. Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Griffin Newman, Seaton Smith and Elliott Gould will also star.
Mr. Robinson (formerly known as Untitled Owen Ellickson and Craig Robinson Project)
A talented musician (Craig Robinson, who will also produce) adjusts to a new life as a middle-school music teacher. Owen Ellickson will write and executive-produce with The Office's Greg Daniels and Parks and Recreation's Howard Klein. Larenz Tate, Amandla Stenberg, Jean Smart, Steve Little and Amanda Lund will also star.
Sean Saves the World (formerly known as Untitled Victor Fresco and Sean Hayes Project)
Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes stars as a father who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter while dealing with a temperamental new boss. Better Off Ted's Victor Fresco will write and executive-produce with Hayes, and Hot in Cleveland's Todd Milliner. Thomas Lennon, Echo Kellum, Lindsay Sloane, Samantha Isler and Linda Lavin will also star. Vik Sahay will guest-star.
A group of friends, dubbed the "Undateables," welcome a more confident guy (Chris D'Elia) to their fold. Due Date scribe Adam Sztykiel will write and executive-produce with Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence. Brent Morin, Matthew Wilkas, Briga Heelan, Bianca Kajlich, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman will co-star.
Welcome to the Family
Cultures collide when a white family — Mike O'Malley and Mary McCormack, among them — and a Latino family — Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado, among them — bond when their children fall in love followed and plan a family in this comedy from Rules of Engagement's Mike Sikowitz. Aramis Knight, Ella Rae Peck and Joey Haro will also star.
Which pilots sound interesting to you?